Is FF sensors going to slowly phase out?

Started Apr 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
Erik Magnuson
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Re: Nope, it's rather the opposite.
In reply to Bart Hickman, Apr 11, 2013

Bart Hickman wrote:

Where did you hear sensor prices are going down?  I'm just curious.

Since there are large fixed costs, simply increasing volume would lower the per-unit cost. Not drastically.

They are a defensive move to protect market share from advances in small sensor cameras.  I suspect the profit margin on the bodies isn't that good.

This is odd logic: Nikon and Canon already make most of the APS-C sensor cameras anyway and are not trending down.  More likely they want to shift users into a price bracket where they have less competition and can thus command higher margins.

Also, why would a FF lens be less expensive to produce than a lens for a smaller sensor?

Many of the "less expensive" FF lenses are less expensive because they are older designs that already amortized initial costs.  New lenses tend to be more expensive unless designed to a specific price.

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