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I got mine new for $550 a few weeks ago, I don't think it's that much for a F1.4 50mm equiv that's driven by a AFS/SSM style motor, who else makes one for a crop camera?
I'm just really careful how I compose at F1.4, I bump it to F2 if there's a lot of high contrast areas in the scene.
One interesting way to look at it is that the Sony Zeiss 24mm F1.8 ZA is double the cost of the Panasonic Leica 25mm F1.4.
Yeah it's how you look at it - I'm looking at FF world 50mm vs m43, and Nikon's 35 DX never showed this much PF (only f/1.8), nor did Sony's 35 SAM (though I might be wrong on this - seems like it was pretty much well controlled to me though, memory serving)
And I guess it really depends on how you look at the Zeiss 24 vs the Leica 25. You can say the Zeiss charges you twice as much for the same focal length (boo!), or you can say the Zeiss gives you a fast AF 35mm equiv for APS-C (yay!) something the m43 lacks.
I'm talking from the perspective of equivalency - what I get when the lens is mounted, not the physical dimensions of the lens when unmounted.
Most a semantic argument either way you go with it, though, and I do realize we're looking at a fast 25mm actual lens, so that's why I give mostly give it a pass when it comes to PF, even though it's nearly a $600 "50mm"