G1 Accessories Too Expensive.

Started May 12, 2009 | Discussions thread
Ehrik Veteran Member • Posts: 8,014
The 20/1.7.

Diane B wrote:

Roland Scheckter wrote:


Where do you have the info on the cost of the new 20mm/f1.7? And what
will the approximate (I guess it's not exactly priced yet) price be?

I was wondering the same. It think its the only lens I really need
for the G1 at this point. I feel comfortable with what I have, both
MF and the 2 Pannyies and the Oly 9-18.

If they plan to sell it as a kit lens alternative to the G1 or to an "LX5" with µ43 mount, they should have no problem to approach or exceed the production volume of the recently introduced Nikkor 35/1.8 DX. Then the manufacturing cost should be comparable considering the size, specs and construction. The Nikkor is less than €200. It's what the 20/1.7 ought to cost, IMHO, given similar margins.

Now Panasonic might feel they are entitled to a bigger margin...

They may not have any plans for making it a kit lens (but that would be a poor idea in my opinion). In that case the production volume would be smaller so it would cost more, max €300 would be reasonable in that case. I'm assuming normal good consumer build, i.e. no weather sealing or Pentax-like all-metal body.

Just my two oere
Erik from Sweden

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