« on: March 20, 2014, 01:02:55 AM »
If you take $790 and consider what that must pay for, it becomes a bit difficult to believe that this lens can compete with the Otus in any way.
(If memory serves me right) 10 lens elements, of which 3 are SLD and one aspherical, a fast reliable AF system, housing, hoods and caps and casing and profit ... I fail to see how it is possible to produce a high quality product, with tolerances to compete with L-series, Otus and others, for that money, no matter how efficient you are or how cheap your labor is.
I'd be delighted if they prove me wrong. That would make this lens a significant game changer!
I doubt this lens be made in Japan. It's more likely be made in China.
We all know the labor cost in China
The current $400 50mm F/1.4 is made in Japan. I don't see why Sigma moves its art production line to China.