Michael Reichmann explains the SD1 price...

Started Jul 23, 2011 | Discussions thread
RWilliam Junior Member • Posts: 31
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The current price point for the Sigma SD1 is based upon its footprint cost. It has everything to do with the Sigma purchase of Foveon. The corporate capitalization and cost cut in the ownership groups profits. Capital outlays while financed with stock options none-the-less still have an initial rate of investment born by the owner of Sigma. He simply needed to capture his investment, so why not at the pricing of the newest camera. While the additional sales of lenses will provide more income it will take more time and another investment/R&D and fabrication costs so it will take several years to recapture. Due to the Foveon investment, earthquake and increased production expenses/costs in Japan the new pro-lens line is still a distant future plan. The $6899 price of the SD1 lets him take more profit to the bank much sooner. After the Sigma ownership group reaches their capital out-lay the price will drop on the SD1, however, not significantly as it will be needed to off set the new pro-lense process investment. New products and product lines are initially cost prohibitive at first. So new purchases of the SD1 are paying for the acquisition of Foveon. It will pay-off in time with reduced price points on future cameras.

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