philippaopao: So does this mean that it will drive down the prices of the "big three" 35mm 1.4 lenses from Canon, Nikon and Sony? I was planning to buy the 35L today but this news came in. I wouldn't really justify the high cost of 35L, or other OEM 35mm 1.4 lenses for that matter, if this particular lens would perform even just marginally better in terms of sharpness and control of CA (regardless of whether the QC is still crapola or not). So what will be the difference considering the cheaper price?
And yes, I hate waiting. I wish I hadn't read this news actually. :c
Actually the 85mm 1.4 by sigma really pretty comparable to the Nikkor and Sony equivalents.
I have the canon mount version and have compared it to the 85L. Yes the L wins by a hair's breadth but i'm guessing 99.9% of people won't be able to tell.
But you're right that the Original manufacturer prices probably won't drop much, although probably not for the reasons you've stated. More like there will always be people who will *ONLY* buy Canon-Nikon-Sony and will pay premium prices for that privilege; empirical evidence be damned.
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