Price disparity in DX and FX 35mm F1.8 Lenses ?

Started Jan 31, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Andrew Ellis
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Price disparity in DX and FX 35mm F1.8 Lenses ?
Jan 31, 2014

Whilst I'm sure the new FX 35mm F1.8 AFS lens is going to be a cracker, I have to admit to being a little dismayed at the launch price.

Here in the UK at least, it listing at £469.00 ($770), where as the DX version is only £145 ($238). I know the price will ultimately settle down a little on the new lens once the initial supply and demand situation has finished, but it's currently over 3 times the price.

I know that a FX version is bigger to cover the increased image circle, but looking at the specs of both lenses, whilst the FX has one ED element and one Aspherical element, the DX has only an Aspherical element - surely that doesn't account for 3 times the price ?

I mean it's not as if the new FX lens has VR or nano Coating or any of that fancy stuff, so can someone explain to me why it's so expensive please ? It's very close in price to Sigma's stunning 35mm F1.4 Art Lens and in my mind makes the Nikon offering uncompetitive ?

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