Sony should rethink its lens prices

Started May 14, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Sony should rethink its lens prices
May 14, 2014

Canon has recently launched 2 wide angle zooms for FF and APS-c, the latter is the EF-S 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 IS STM, which will cost 299 USD.

As of today, a similar lens for the E-mount costs 749 USD and a similar lens for the A-mount APS-c bodies would cost 748 USD. The the 35mm 2.8f FE lens is priced ridiculously high for a lens of that FL and aperture and a carries a blue badge to justify the price even if the IQ is very similar to a 99 USD Sigma EX DN.

Even used lenses from third party manufacturers in a-mount are more expensive than their Nikon or Canon mount. Just take a look at Ebay. Usually the price difference is not small, maybe for its rarity.

This has forced me to go for adapted lenses, which can be fun, but are not as convenient and usually not as technically good than a native mount lens. And MF poses a problem when shooting moving subjects. Besides that, MF lenses have raised in price and even average lenses have been sold for silly prices. For example, a Minolta MD 24mm 2.8 in good condition is more expensive than an a-mount counterpart.

That really bothers me. I hope the Sigma or Tamron come up with affordable glass ASAP for the FE mount. I cannot conceive going back to a dslr after using mirrorless cameras but the lens issues are really annoying.

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