Why is the new 50/1.4 three times more expensive than the old one?

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Re: Why is the new 35/1.4 three times more expensive than the old one?
In reply to Tom2572, Feb 20, 2013

Tom2572 wrote:

cs hauser wrote:

dpyy wrote:

headfirst wrote:

what new 35/1.4?

If you meant 50/1.4 then it's a 30 year newer design with R&D costs at 201x prices not 198x ones (in fact the development costs on the old one will have been recovered/written off years ago), it's SSM & yes, Zeiss licencing costs. & they won't be anticipating selling as many so R&D has to be recovered on a smaller no. of lenses.

sorry I meant 50/1.4. So basically pay to upgrade to SSM?

Do you honestly believe that the AF motor is the only difference between a 30-year old Minolta design and a brand new Zeiss design?

Planar is a brand new lens design?

Were there 50mm Zeiss Planar SSM lenses in the past?

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