I'm hoping that, given the fact that the new 500 and 600 lenses were already on display at photokina, they may be ready for a january/february launch either to go with CES or PMA ... which would mean they would start showing up on market before the summer ...
April 16, 2014, 04:39:35 AM
Topic: pricing of new L lenses (Read 5640 times)
The prototypes were also on display at the Canon Expo.
Just take these examples: 14 f/2.8L II, 24 f/1.4L II, 85 f/1.2L II, 70-200 f/2.8L II 24 TS-E II were all around 30% higher in price than predessors.
The old TS-E 24mm is selling at Amazon for $1,399.95; the new one, $1940. So that indeed is around 138% of the price of the new one - but nobody is going to try to pawn off the old one for a price like the new one. I thought that the price would have started out higher, and been lowered over time, but interestingly Photo.net's 1999 review has it priced at $1100. As I suspected before looking up the numbers, I believe inflation has more impact on the price difference: What Canon could make a profit off at $1100 retail now has become more expensive. (Inflation calculator: "What cost $1100 in 1998 would cost $1440.94 in 2009.") I also think that the lens hasn't been going down in price because these were never high-volume lenses, but instead are made for specific professional needs. (The inflation calculator also supports this point.) Alternatively, it could always be possible that the old item is staying high in price, or even going up, because supply is short - though I usually see disreputable players trying to take advantage of this, by offering old cameras (especially) for more than most people would pay simply because they can't be found.