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| p.11 #14 · New Canon 35mm F2 IS and 24-70mm f/4L IS! |
Ralph Conway wrote:
Now they're replacing a $350 35mm lens with a $900 lens (close to what I paid for my 35mm f/1.4), just because they added IS? They're giving us a new 24-70 f/4 at $1800 when you can buy a 24-105 f/4 for $800-$900? The world economy, the Euro/USD to Yen exchange rate are not the real problems; it's Canon's management decisions. The forced crippling continues, the unnecessary price hikes (because Canon drinks their own bath water) will eventually take it's toll.
Yes, now they are replacing a 22 year old lens design at 2.5 x the (introduction) price.
I do not see IS implemented only. I see 9 curved shaped aperture blades instead of 5, too.
And I am pretty sure, the optical quality will be much better, too.
The MSPR difference in 24-70 4.0 IS and 24-105 is not a 100% add on like you mentioned, but additional Euro 270 what makes an increase of around 22% in reality. Imo not to bad for an complete new competitor to an 7 year old lens design.
Like "jctriguy" mentioned: the MSPR of the new 24-70 was $ 300 less when announced, than what you are telling.
Haven't looked at the prices or specs again since I saw them originally, so that's my mistake. A $300 savings is good, but probably not enough to make a huge difference; it's still a f/4 lens. If it has exceptional IQ, that will be great but I'm not going to get excited about it. I have a 24-70, a 24-105, so I'm not seeing a big need for this right now.
BTW - I've never really had a problem with Canon's lens quality. I like almost everything they make, or have made since the FD days. There have been a few exceptions but over all they've been good.
PS - Please tell that guy who's getting upset that I'll use the right number and he can calm down.