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| p.2 #13 · why are mirrorless compacts so much more expensive than DSLRs? shouldn't they be cheaper? |
What about lenses? I find m4/3 lenses ridiculously costly compared to APSC/FF or even Olympus 4/3 lenses. And I don't believe this has to do with R&D investment or production alone. I think most of these companies are asking too much premium over their APSC/FF counterparts
I don't think m43 (or Sony) zooms are any more expensive than the APS-C DSLRs. Looking at high end ones we have:
Panasonic 7-14mm = $900, Canon APS-C 10-22mm = $850 and Nikon DX 12-24=$1100. And by all accounts the panasonic is the best performing of all these (and is also the widest). The
Panasonic 12-35mm = $1100, Canon APS-C 17-55mm = $1100 and Nikon DX 17-55mm=$1400. And again by all accounts the panasonic is the best performing of all these.
So in both cases you get a higher performing lens for equal or low price.
On the consumer side you have:
Olympus 40-150mm = $200, Canon 55-250mm = $300, Nikno 55-200mm = $270.
Panasonic 14-140mm = $600, Canon 18-200mm = $700, Nikon 18-200=$850
Panasonic 100-300mm = $500, and there is really no equivalent in the APS-C world for that.
I think primes might be a bit on the higher side though in general be sure to do an apples to apples comparison. You are comparing the 75mm 1.8 to a 20 year old design. A more fair comparison would be to compare it to a more modern Nikon 85mm 1.8 at $500, and then factor in the fact that it is a metal lens with high build quality compared to the plastic Nikon and you are not far off in price.