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Will lens prices drop like a rock?

 
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Dec 07, 2014 21:06 |  #16

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The market for lenses is pretty competitive. Even if Canon tried to start manufacturing silica lenses and held prices constant, someone (i.e. Tamron, Sigma, or new entrants) will mimic the process, and undercut Canon.

Of course. But even then this technology wouldn't cause the price of lenses to necessarily drop "like a rock". The lens material is just part of the entire food chain, and a lens isn't necessarily comprised entirely of elements made from silica glass.


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Dec 08, 2014 00:53 |  #17

Manufacturers will enjoy the cheaper, easier, superior technology and lens price will continue to rise!


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Dec 08, 2014 05:55 |  #18

Bob_A wrote in post #17319391 (external link)
Of course. But even then this technology wouldn't cause the price of lenses to necessarily drop "like a rock". The lens material is just part of the entire food chain, and a lens isn't necessarily comprised entirely of elements made from silica glass.

Never said that they would. R&D makes up a good amount of a lens, and things like that will always factor into the price by the time it hits the shelf.

Only disagreeing with the notion that companies will be able to hold prices constant, despite significant decreases in the cost of raw materials and the cost to manufacture each lens. In any competitive market, decreases in the cost to manufacture a product will have a corresponding decrease in the cost to the consumer (prices will move to equilibrium). Does that mean a $450 lens will sell for $5? Of course not. But if this technology pans out (very big if), it would not be unreasonable to expect a $450 lens to drop to something like $250-$300 for a comparable lens with silica elements.


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Dec 09, 2014 00:49 |  #19

So some shake'n'bake process is going to replace more than a hundred years of R&D and thousands of formulas by Schott.

I'm skeptical.

They say nothing about the process being able to tolerate other mixtures. "glass" is a different formula for each lens element.


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Dec 16, 2014 21:56 |  #20

Just sounds like the potential for more profit for Camera/lens makers.


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