Basic question about high IQ m43 versus NEX versus FF SLR lens manufacturing...

Started Nov 10, 2012 | Discussions thread
ec1k
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Re: nothing more than a simple Greed and Price Gauging
In reply to 007peter, Nov 11, 2012

007peter wrote:

Its a plain & simple popularity + price gauging:

  • "if" mirrorless proved to be a failure, then its "LENS" price will drop over time
  • "but" mirrorless proved to be a success, as the result, lens price creep up due to demand as well

Ultimately it is entirely up to Manufacture deciding - how much they think they can Get Away charging its loyal customer:

Canon offer a cheap $199 40mm f/2.8 to draw people in, then charge a ridiculous $799 for Canon 28mm f/2.8 IS prime? Utterly GREEDY, but canon think it can get away with it so that's the price tag. Likewise, Canon believe it can get away charging professional photographer $2000 for a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 without Image Stabilization.

Sony can get away charging $450 for E mount 35mm f/1.8 because Sony believe they get away with it. In contrast to Sony Alpha mount (A33/A35/A77 SLT) with is based on ancient Minolta alpha design with plenty of cheap prime, so sony only charge A mount 35mm f/1.8 for $199. Anything more and people just move on to other lens.

Its the same for Micro43. Panasonic can get away charging a ridiculous $600 for its Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 "normal prime", because its the only option for 50mm normal in the m43 world. Its all greed.

I think this is an overly cynical view of lens pricing.  Regarding Canon, wider lenses are typically more expensive, and features like IS drive up the price as well, not artificially, but because they take more engineering and components.

As for the A vs E 35mm f/1.8 comparison, the E-mount version includes OSS and is an all-metal construction, not to mention a size advantage.

I'm not saying that prices are always justified, but to write off price differences between lenses as only because manufacturers believe they can charge a certain amount is far from the truth.  The NEX line is a great example of this, as so much legacy glass can be adapted to E-mount.

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