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Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by bilzmale, Aug 6, 2011.
They like it.
They pointed out the same problem that everyone sees. The price of that lens hurts for an m4/3.
If this was priced between $500 and $700 rather than $799-$899 it would be an even better seller for Olympus. I have zero doubt that the $399 45mm f1.8 lens will sell at least two or three times as many units as the 12mm ... Despite the fact that the 12mm is the better lens. Likewise, I am sure many people interested in the 12mm will end up buying the Panasonic 14mm instead.
But if they had done the manual focus thing on the 45/1.8, I bet they would have sold 10x as many, even if priced 500-800 USD
Darn him.. cool review.
Sounds like the perfect kit would be:
What a tough call between the 14mm and 20mm straped to a M43.. then the 12mm (think I'd have that kit vs. any of the kit zooms) .. then the 45mm
Was thinking of a 14mm / 45mm / 75mm-300mm
12mm / 20mm / 45mm / 75mm-300mm; wait a sec.. talk about some serious mulla
I still don't see a problem with the price. Back when I had a Nikon D40, I lamented the fact that other than the two kit zooms and the 35mm 1.8, there were no affordable lenses under $400 - particularly primes. With M43, we have the 14mm, 20mm, soon to be 45mm, all with pretty stellar image quality. Life is pretty good I think.
My guess is that the metal construction and snap focus ring each add significantly to the cost. They could have made the 12mm without those features for probably $300 or so less, but it wouldn't be nearly as cool then would it. I think I'd rather have those things and be able to save up for them.
I say this, as someone who won't be able to afford one for a loooong time.
The 45 doesn't have the manual focus thing? It is by wire only? That's terrible.
Always love his reviews - not sure why, and I'm not sure that they're useful, I just like the quirkiness.
I also love the lens!
So what you're saying is that you want the 45 to be just like the 12 but you don't want to pay a price like the 12....
I want one now.
Does the manual focus arrangement really account for the premium price? Doesn't disengaging the focus-by-wire in favour of a mechanical focus make it...just like any other non m4/3 and 4/3 lens on earth?
The lens itself looks great. I just wish Kai would use some form of strap when he tests cameras. It's like watching someone drive without a seatbelt...
Digital Rev's more recent review comparing the new NEX to the E-P3 and the G3 for manual focusing is pretty fun too. Kai definitely seems to prefer the finer things.
It's a combination of those plus the metal build...
I thought I was the only one bothered by that. I guess, it's understandable if you're trying to sell/review a product without other distracting ornaments.
A friend of mine's has been shooting for over a decade now and he doesn't believe in any straps. I always envision his 5D just taking a nasty tumble.
This lens looks like it would be a great lens for the m4/3 kit.
it is =)
More than likely the price will drop by $100 by winter. or more. right now, it's just hte early adopter fee. not sure it was worth it, but I much prefer it over the 14 purely because it's a 12, heh.
I love the 24mm field of view, the speed, the sharpness, the build quality, the manual focus. I think it is a home run. Will confirm as I get some camera time with it.
Yup, I really enjoyed this one .
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