Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by jnewell, Aug 30, 2013.
Did anyone else see this?
It's been discussed here :smile:
Doesn't matter. Once they put the Oly name on the front, regardless of who designed it, it became pricey. If Sigma had designed this and manufactured and sold it under their own name, it would probaby be 25% to 30% cheaper.
A few years ago, Pentax designed a zoom lens for Tokina. Pentax got to badge it for K mount; Tokina, for Canon, Nikon, and Alpha mounts. Guess which version cost more than the rest?
The thing is, I'm not sure whether this supports your point or flies in the face of it. In the 75/1.8 case, the lens was designed by a third-party lens maker but badged by a camera maker. In the zoom case, the lens was designed by a camera maker, then badged as a third-party lens...but only for competing mounts.
Missed that one...
I hope so. The Sigma version might be cheaper. The 19, 30 and 60 have been a nice addition to the mu43 lens options, especially for those starting a new kit.
Even if Sigma did design it, it's not like they're rebadging and selling the lens in various mounts. If Olympus paid for it, it's their lens.
And, at the end of the day, the only real question is: how does it perform? - and we know the answer to that question.
Any one find the irony that the best m43 primes is designed by Sigma? (Leica 25mm and Oly 75mm)
If it's true, then there's nothing ironic about it. Sigma is a great lens manufacturer, as it recently showed with the 35mm f/1.4 that handed Nikon and Canon their butts. At the end of the day, there is no magic here. Panasonic/Olympus/Nikon/Canon don't have access to anything that Sigma doesn't. They're all bound by the same modeling and design software, subject to the same laws of physics, and staffed by engineers and scientists from the same universities. Each company may have its own design quirks or priorities, but at the end of the day Sigma is capable of making a very capable product. I'd venture that at one point or other, pretty much all of the OEM camera makers used Sigma glass in their highly respected lenses.
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