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Ralph Conway wrote:
What secrets? With the first sold item every secret has gone ...
Accumulated knowledge and experience seems to be a significant factor in lens manufacture, including glass manufacture and can't easily be reverse engineered. But if that experience is moved from Japan to another country, yet still controlled by Canon in this case, would it matter?
My guess is in the next decade we'll see a lot of advanced optical manufacture coming out of other countries. Look at Samyang's lenses. Excellent value for the money. Kind of reminds me of Hyundai's entry into the NA car market. The early cars were competitive based on price rather than technical quality. And now? But the Samyang lenses are already beyond this because in addition to being price competitive, they're optically very good. Then there is the Noctilux clone made by SLRMagic. It's not as elegant a design as the Leica lens, but pretty much on-par optically, yet less than half the price...
If Canon moves L series production outside Japan, it won't result in lower consumer prices. Rather, it will be a strategy to either retain current price points, or as little price increase as possible, while allowing the greatest margins.
Maybe that's what's taking so long for 24-70 II and 200-400 production...