$710 for 17mm f/1.8? Crazy overpriced

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sigala1 Senior Member • Posts: 3,634
$710 for 17mm f/1.8? Crazy overpriced
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The rumormonger guy estimates that the 17mm f/1.8 will cost $710 US dollars.

The marketing people at Olympus must be smoking something. Panasonic has a 20mm with a faster aperture for only less than half the price.

Adamant Contributing Member • Posts: 601
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Jeez.

I feel like I should buy a 45/1.8 for $399 before Olympus realizes their pricing mistake on that one.

OldDigiman Senior Member • Posts: 1,956
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On the other hand, you could be looking at $1,650 for a Nikon 35mm f1.4 FX....

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Pasmia Contributing Member • Posts: 536
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OldDigiman wrote:

On the other hand, you could be looking at $1,650 for a Nikon 35mm f1.4 FX....

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Or about $700 to $800 for a second hand or refurbished X100

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ulmer Regular Member • Posts: 273
Re: $710 for 17mm f/1.8? Crazy overpriced
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Adamant wrote:

Jeez.

I feel like I should buy a 45/1.8 for $399 before Olympus realizes their pricing mistake on that one.

I hear you! The 45mm is plastic rather than metal and I think has less exotic glass, so I think it justifies it's lower price.

The 17mm is supposed to be a higher-end, metal-bodied lens so it's $$$. Hopefully it performs better than the first batch of pics posted here.

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Pasmia Contributing Member • Posts: 536
And FT5 rumor! [nt]
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Donkey914 Forum Member • Posts: 59
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I don't get why rumor sites continually try to use exchange rates to estimate prices unless it's deliberately to generate controversy and more affiliate revenue.

It's pretty well established that the pricing is 1:1 or close to that. For example, the PL5 goes for 699 euros right now on Amazon.

If the price really is 550 euros, it can expect to debut here for $550, or at worst, $600.

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OldDigiman wrote:

On the other hand, you could be looking at $1,650 for a Nikon 35mm f1.4 FX....

...for the Nikon 35 / 2?

sigala1 OP Senior Member • Posts: 3,634
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ulmer wrote:

Adamant wrote:

Jeez.

I feel like I should buy a 45/1.8 for $399 before Olympus realizes their pricing mistake on that one.

I hear you! The 45mm is plastic rather than metal and I think has less exotic glass, so I think it justifies it's lower price.

The 17mm is supposed to be a higher-end, metal-bodied lens so it's $$$. Hopefully it performs better than the first batch of pics posted here.

This idea that "metal" somehow makes the lens take better pictures.... lol....

sunhorse Senior Member • Posts: 1,524
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sigala1 wrote:

The rumormonger guy estimates that the 17mm f/1.8 will cost $710 US dollars.

The marketing people at Olympus must be smoking something. Panasonic has a 20mm with a faster aperture for only less than half the price.

Why the angst over a rumor? Let's wait until it's official then you can start

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Sergey Borachev Senior Member • Posts: 3,303
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My first thought was - Ridiculous!  But there might be a reason.

I suspect it might be a stellar performer, in which case it would be considered cheap when compared to the zeiss etc. and also small.

goshigoo Contributing Member • Posts: 750
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ulmer wrote:

Adamant wrote:

Jeez.

I feel like I should buy a 45/1.8 for $399 before Olympus realizes their pricing mistake on that one.

I hear you! The 45mm is plastic rather than metal and I think has less exotic glass, so I think it justifies it's lower price.

The 17mm is supposed to be a higher-end, metal-bodied lens so it's $$$. Hopefully it performs better than the first batch of pics posted here.

Can I have the plastic and less exotic glass version of the 12/2, 17/1.8 and 75/1.8?
I am VERY happy with the IQ of 45/1.8

eques Senior Member • Posts: 2,235
$550 more likely (sigh!)

43rumors just looked at one specific example. I find, usually (and sadly enough for Europeans) the $ - price is about the same as the € -price, so $550 is more likely.

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kckempf New Member • Posts: 19
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Am I just being naïve, or is a metal lens more likely to have higher durability?

amvrvd Regular Member • Posts: 218
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nah, it depends...

Metal tends to dent and scratch while plastic (depending on the quality) can withstand shock and whatnot, paint also comes off metal too, metal of course is also heavier than plastic. There's this established notion or belief (due to decades old asian manufacturing quality and QC) that plastic must always be a bad thing but this is not a reality today, plastics have come a looooong way from those days, the only other ( perhaps better) trade off would be carbon fiber, as it's more durable but just as light, but then again, just imagine those prices...

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sigala1 wrote:

The rumormonger guy estimates that the 17mm f/1.8 will cost $710 US dollars.

The marketing people at Olympus must be smoking something. Panasonic has a 20mm with a faster aperture for only less than half the price.

First, we don't know what the real price will be - various rumors set it anywhere from $500 to about $800. Second, it's going to be built like the 12mm with the manual focus "snap ring" which makes the manual focus behave like a real mechanical lens - it's still focus by wire but it doesn't feel like it. and it will have a distance scale on the barrell, which means you can set it for zone focus or hyperfocal shooting before you raise the camera to your eye. Some people might not care about this - it's a nearly make or break feature for others. If this doesn't matter to you, the lens MAY seem overpriced to you - if it does matter, it may seem like a bargain.

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Ray Sachs wrote:

sigala1 wrote:

The rumormonger guy estimates that the 17mm f/1.8 will cost $710 US dollars.

The marketing people at Olympus must be smoking something. Panasonic has a 20mm with a faster aperture for only less than half the price.

First, we don't know what the real price will be - various rumors set it anywhere from $500 to about $800. Second, it's going to be built like the 12mm with the manual focus "snap ring" which makes the manual focus behave like a real mechanical lens - it's still focus by wire but it doesn't feel like it. and it will have a distance scale on the barrell, which means you can set it for zone focus or hyperfocal shooting before you raise the camera to your eye. Some people might not care about this - it's a nearly make or break feature for others. If this doesn't matter to you, the lens MAY seem overpriced to you - if it does matter, it may seem like a bargain.

And how much does printing some numbers on the lens barrel add to the manufacturing cost? Fifty cents? Five cents?

MadsR Senior Member • Posts: 2,235
Overpriced compared to what?
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Compared to Leica lenses, it is dirt cheap! Compared to any other quality lens, it is cheap.

It is right that it is more expensive than the Panasonic, which is a really a cheap and quite good lens. The construction is supposed to be much better though, and the AF should be much faster.

So your comparison is like taking a Nikkor pro lens to a Tamron cheap lens, and complaining that the Nikkor is more expensive... Really?!

Also this is based on an equal price, and as we all know, the US price will be much lower than the european price, so it will likely be less than $600 in the shops.

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eques wrote:

43rumors just looked at one specific example. I find, usually (and sadly enough for Europeans) the $ - price is about the same as the € -price, so $550 is more likely.

Peter

True, but what people don't take into account the different, beside price, between Europe and USA is that in Europe the warranty is two years and is transferable while in the US is only one year and not transferable it's apply only to the original buyer.

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