Prime vs.zoom price

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tbcass
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Re: Prime vs.zoom price

DrFzs wrote:

Why is prime lens more expensive than zoom?

They aren't always. The opposite is often true. For example the Sigma 24-70 f2.8 ART lens is $1200 while the Sigma 50mm f1.4 ART is selling at $850. I can site many other similar examples. Maybe you should be more specific about which lenses you are comparing. My impression is that between lenses of equivalent quality and focal range the primes are usually cheaper.

In prime lenses there are less moving parts than in zoom.

You are probably thinking about the very fast primes which are optically better than primes. A good example is comparing a 150-600mm zoom which is f6.3 at 600mm vs a 600mm prime which is f4. That 600mm f4 has massive glass elements and is heavier than the 150-600.

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