will you pre-order your new 80~400mm or wait for (fill in the blank) ?

Started Mar 5, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Vera Cognome Regular Member • Posts: 243
Re: will you pre-order your new 80~400mm or wait for (fill in the blank) ?

nunatak wrote:

Leonard Shepherd wrote:

There may be some production cost increases but the staggering eye watering 62% increase take some understanding.

a clear understanding will take time. right now, to me, this looks like a brand new design that's poorly badged as a revision to the older model. the rare earths required for the super ED element alone might account for a significant fraction of that increase.

Actually, a high-end Super ED material like the newly announced Hoya FCD100 doesn't contain any rare earth elements at all and sells for about 18-25 times the price of ordinary borosilicate glass.  But since I don't pretend to own gear, clearly I can't know anything about it, right?

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