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

Started Feb 20, 2013 | Discussions thread
sean lancaster
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Re: Why is the new 50/1.4 three times more expensive than the old one?
In reply to nemist, Feb 21, 2013

nemist wrote:

I think Sony is doing themselves a disservice here--the 85 and 135 and 24 CZ are all priced well according to similar lenses in other camps. A 50 1.4 lens is not that terriblely expensive to make, so charging this much seems excessive. Nikon, Sigma, Canon all offer decent 50s for under $500. If Sony wants to charge this much, it better be a legendary performer wide open.

I was strongly considering the Sony A99. But I really wanted just two lenses: the Sigma 35/1.4 and the Zeiss 50/1.4. I am still waiting to see how these 2 lenses perform wide open, but the Zeiss 50 costing even more than the Canon 50/1.2 L is hard to accept. I can get the same Sigma 35/1.4 with the 5DIII and the 50/1.2 is gorgeous wide open. Sony and Zeiss are making my decision a lot tougher, that's for sure.

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