Robin Wong's 12-200 review is out

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JakeJY Senior Member • Posts: 3,508
Re: Why ...

jwilliams wrote:

JakeJY wrote:

This was discussed in a previous thread, but third party prices are not comparable to first party. It's true that the third party list prices of consumer lenses in this zoom range tend to be around $600-650, but that's third party.

You can see an example in MFT superzoom of the Tamron 14-150 at $400, while the Olympus is $600. First party being 1.5x the price.

Multiply the $600*1.5 = $900, exactly the same difference.

Why does the Oly command a premium over the Tamron? Is it better? If not, then $600 is a fair price for that type of lens. m43 is an open standard so there is no proprietary knowledge Oly has.

For those two sets of lenses, weather-sealing primarily. However, many times there is no practical reason, just one being first party and the other being third party. You see this a lot in accessories (same thing with flashes, grips, batteries, etc).

I guess the positive we can take away is that we can pray Tamron will eventually makes a 12-200 and it will be priced at $600.

Unfortunately that is not likely as there is almost zero 3rd party lens development going on for m43. That Tamron lens was one of the early 3rd party m43 lenses before lens manufacturers realized there wasn't going to be the sales volume to support development specifically for m43.

Tamron messed up their first go by introducing an extremely similar lens to those that already existed. If at the time they made a superzoom that was wider or longer then maybe they would have had a chance. I'm pretty sure they have soured to developing another MFT lens.

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