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| p.2 #7 · Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS reviewed by DxO Labs |
I'd like to have a 35/2 this sharp, and hell I guess IS would be nice for some shots, but at $850? Forget it.
Seems to me this lens should be about $550, not $850. Unfortunately with Canon's pricing model, every lens almost magically doubles in price just because they included IS.
You are missing a lot in that equation. The old 35/2 is from 1990, just a few years after the EOS system was introduced. It has a buzzy AF motor and weak corner performance. If Canon used the price of this modest 1990 design as the reference standard for a 35/2, it is unlikely they would bother to improve it.
With the new lens, Canon didn't raise the price "just because they included IS". The higher price allows a complete re-design. So the new lens:
- is much sharper in the corners
- adds a rear focusing system with quiet AF with full time manual focus
- adds excellent hybrid IS
- adds an aspheric element
- has 8 circular aperture blades for better bokeh
- has a quieter aperture mechanism for video
- has better lens coatings
- has a faster CPU
- has better construction
All of that costs more to build, and you don't get all of that without a substantial price increase.
I certainly hope the lens goes for $550; it is possible, as we've seen on the new 28/2.8 in a recent special deal.
Thanks for delineating those points.
I think we've discovered it doesn't have "Hybrid IS" which is specialized toward macro (and some P&S) 3-axis applications. But it does have an advanced IS, and is no doubt very good.
For it to be considered second to the highly acclaimed Sigma IQ, beating out the Zeiss models, and also have all the extras, that is a considerable bargain to me (when discounts finally take it down to around $600). I can understand Kevindar's position, and there are a lot of other people who don't feel they are getting sufficient value or use from this update. That's fine, no harm done, and I'm sure there will be plenty of happy Sigma and Zeiss owners at the end of the day.
I have the desire, now I just need the cash.
Lars -- I believe the original version used to sell/list in the US for $359 (now listed at $319), so extrapolated to today's dollars, it's not that hugely out of line price-wise. I agree it is a hefty amount, but as I say, I paid more for less (in my estimation) for the ZE 35/2.