Panasonic fast (f2.8) zooms coming soon?

Started May 14, 2012 | Discussions thread
Bob Meyer
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No, they're not overpriced.
In reply to Marco Cinnirella, May 15, 2012

Actually, yes, they probably do cost more to make in some respects. Raw glass is a relatively small part of the cost of a lens. Miniaturization of mechanical components (aperture and focus motors, IS assemblies) may well add to cost; it certainly doesn't reduce it.

The cost of designing, prototyping, testing, refining, and getting a lens to the state that it's ready for production (R&D costs) is going to be the same for an m43 lens as for a larger one. The cost of setting up a production line is going to be essentially the same. The cost of testing and QA is basically the same. The cost of molding, grinding, polishing and assembling the elements is basically the same.

They save a tiny bit on the cost of glass and metal and plastic because the lens is smaller. OTOH, they have to amortize the cost of all the R&D and of setting up production over a much smaller number of lenses because, at least for now, m43 lenses don't sell in nearly the volume that Canon lenses do.

So it may be surprising that the m43 lenses aren't more expensive than their APS-C equivalents. Compared to their FF equivalents from Canon & Nikon, they're not really that expensive if they match those lenses in optical quality and have good build quality .

Marco Cinnirella wrote:

These new lenses will most likely be very desirable but the likely cost ($1000 +) does again reinforce the price premium we are being made to pay for mirrorless lenses. Are these lenses actually more expensive to manufacture than bigger APS-C lenses or are they just charging this much because they can? Since there is more glass in the APS-C or full frame lenses you would think they would be more expensive, but typically they're not. I know Canon L glass and Nikon G glass is more expensive than m 4/3 glass but there is some great third party glass around from Tokina, Tamron and Sigma for APS-C and full frame that is far better value than m 4/3 glass.

It's also a bit odd to see powered zoom on something that will likely be marketed as a semi-pro lens? I'd rather have a silky-smooth and nicely weighted manual focus and zoom ?

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