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| p.10 #19 · New Canon 35mm F2 IS and 24-70mm f/4L IS! |
Reality is that the prices are going up. Nikon is doing the same thing in most areas except body prices. Likely they are trying the loss leader method as suggested by their profit margins.
We will see if this works out for Canon and part for Nikon, too. The photography market is by far not booming currently, and many people hesitate to vest in such expensive lenses. I believe the used lens market will flourish instead even prices will go up there, too. People who can afford to buy expensive lenses might rather soon buy Leica or Zeiss glass instead (lack of AF won't stop them here). And Canon is not Leica!
Put a Leica lens on a high quality mirrorless with focus peaking (not surprisingly, something Canon doesn't offer) and away you go...
For example, a new Nex-6 or Nex-7 and you've got a good, lightweight solution.
Good lightweight solution for what?? For ultimate image quailty, maybe. That will always be the fringes of the photo world. Lots of regular mom and pops are happy to drop $2k on a lens to take pics of their kids sports of dance recitals.
Yeah, not cheap, but it's kind of sad that after Canon goes through their lenses, removing all the affordable ones, all that will be available are $900 "bargain" lenses, or $1800 f/4 lenses... I'm real sure Moms and Pops are going to flock to those...
As the popular saying of the moment goes, we have another Canon FAIL....
Yeah, I don't like this too. In fact, most of my lenses are from the "best bang for the buck" category. I.e. non-L primes and 24-85 USM. Seems like I will have to buy one more silver 24-85 USM while they're available, because cheap good FF lenses are vanishing* from Canon's offerings. And 35/2 too.
* I guess someone got drunk and forgot to put a zero after EF-40/2.8 price.
I'm with you. Most of my lenses are from the best bang for your buck category as well: 35 f/2, 50 f/1.8, 24-85 USM, and I really like all of them, despite their shortcomings. I've been thinking about scooping up some more of the old cheap lenses (old 24 2.8, 100 f2, ) while they are still readily available. You get something like 90% of the performance for 1/4 of the price. I'd love to have the 35 f/2 IS for low light handholdability or 24-70 f/4 IS for a general purpose lens on my 5DII but not at these prices.