What is your idea of "the lens gap?"

Started Feb 1, 2014 | Polls thread
micksh6 Senior Member • Posts: 2,613
Re: What is your idea of "the lens gap?"

Jim Salvas wrote:

murfthesurf wrote:

Mark Thornton wrote:

Agreed, I had rather hoped that it would be much closer in price to the 45mm instead of nearly twice the price.

Huh? At B&H, they are the exact same price:

Actually, that's the problem, regardless of what Mark said. One of these two lenses deserves to be much cheaper, if not both. Either the 25/1.8 should be priced less than the Nikon 50/1.8 G lens, or the 45 should be priced less than that. That Nikon, a very good lens, sells for a little over $200 and covers a much bigger image circle.

What is the justification for each Olympus lens costing twice as much just to cover the 4/3 sensor?

Economies of scale. Less volume - more R&D cost per unit, cost of components also decreases with super large volumes that Canon and Nikon have.

For example, Apple secures multi-billion deals in advance in order to get millions of parts cheaper than competitors, so Apple gets higher profit. Neither Olympus nor Panasonic can afford that.

Possibly miniaturization also plays some role, but it's mostly about number of units sold.

People must realize that before choosing m4/3 system, but most don't, so we have lots of price complaints and some threaten to go back to DSLR.

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