GH1 is going to be Affordable!

Started Mar 4, 2009 | Discussions thread
John Carson Veteran Member • Posts: 4,253
Re: GH1 is going to be Affordable!

Jay Gloab wrote:

John Carson wrote:

Superzoom lenses on large sensor cameras always cost a lot of money.

Seems pretty steep to me. Leave aside for the moment the video
capabilities of the HD lens and compare it to the Sigma 18-200
f3.5-6.3 OS, or the Nikon 18-200 f3.5-5.6 VR. The Sigma costs about
$300, the Nikon is $700. Both cover a greater range, a little wider
at the wide and and a little longer at the tele end. Both are a
little faster at the wide end and the Nikon is (slightly) faster at
the tele end as well, while the Sigma is only slightly slower at full
zoom. Neither is perfect optically, but that's no surprise in a
superzoom, and given the optical compromises Panasonic made in the
14-45 lens (e.g. barrel distortion), does anyone expect the 14-140 to
be any better?

Consider also that the Sigma and Nikon must include larger glass to
illuminate a larger image circle, so that adds to the cost.

How much does the technical wizardry of the continuous aperture and
focus capability add to the cost? Add me to the list of folks who
hope Panasonic makes a non-HD version of this lens.

Taking account of the fact that 900 is the list price of a newly released lens and 700 is the street price of a lens that has been out for more than 3 years, I don't find the pricing surprising.

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