what the $2699 MSRP for AF-S 80-400 means for the future...

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Re: what the $2699 MSRP for AF-S 80-400 means for the future...
In reply to Lance B, Mar 7, 2013

I don't dispute the improvements in the new 80-400, nor do I dispute the price being distinctly lower than the 400/500/600 primes.  But for every buyer there's a threshold cost that cannot be crossed for practical reasons.  I could manage the process of saving $1400 to buy my 80-400 in 2007, but I will not even consider $2800 for anything - camera or lens.  Costs like that cannot co-exist with my family budget, so the new 80-400 might as well cost as much as a 500 - they are all equally unaffordable.

Lance B wrote:

But all these lenses are upwards of $6,000 and the 80-400 is "only" $2,700 or less which is a huge cost saving in comparison to these lenses. Forget about the discounters offering the 300 at less than $6,000 as these lenses have been round for many a year and are getting discounted whereas the 80-400 is still new, however will also be discounted in due course.

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