Sigma forced to admit lens is grossly overpriced

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by RichA, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. RichA

    RichA Guest

    "Very popular lens" needs sales "incenting?" More like, silly Sigma
    tries to charge what Nikon and Canon do for a zoom and gets kicked in
    the face by indifference. Given the choice, new Sigma or used Nikon
    70-200mm, guess which most Nikon owners will choose?

    Dpreview
    Sigma drops price for 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens
    Sigma has announced a price drop for its 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM
    lens to $1,399, down from $1,699. The company says 'the reason the
    price went down is to remain competitive in this category and incent
    sales for this very popular lens.
     
    RichA, Jan 31, 2011
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  2. RichA

    Bruce Guest


    It can't be "very popular" if its sales need "incenting". ;-)
     
    Bruce, Feb 1, 2011
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  3. RichA

    Rich Guest

    It's junk. If Tamron had some money, they could put I.S. in theirs,
    not double the price like CANON and sell Sigma into the ground.
     
    Rich, Feb 1, 2011
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  4. RichA

    Robert Coe Guest

    : "Very popular lens" needs sales "incenting?" More like, silly Sigma
    : tries to charge what Nikon and Canon do for a zoom and gets kicked in
    : the face by indifference. Given the choice, new Sigma or used Nikon
    : 70-200mm, guess which most Nikon owners will choose?
    :
    : Dpreview
    : Sigma drops price for 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens
    : Sigma has announced a price drop for its 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM
    : lens to $1,399, down from $1,699. The company says 'the reason the
    : price went down is to remain competitive in this category and incent
    : sales for this very popular lens.

    What I can't fathom is why Sigma seems to have dropped the 50-150mm f/2.8. I
    paid about $700 for mine, and it may well be the best lens I own. Maybe
    they're coming out with an IS version? No evidence of that, AFAIK.

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Feb 2, 2011
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  5. RichA

    Bruce Guest


    Of course it's junk. It's made by Sigma.

    My Sigma 12-24mm fell apart (despite careful handling) and was
    replaced under warranty. I doubt that the replacement is any better
    made. I was hesitant about buying one because I borrowed one for a
    couple of weeks that also fell apart. I suppose the writing was on
    the wall, but I couldn't resist a bargain(?).

    I'm glad I got the manufacturer's three year warranty that was offered
    only until December 31, 2010. It has since reverted to one year.
     
    Bruce, Feb 2, 2011
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  6. RichA

    Bruce Guest


    I had a visit from the Sigma sales rep the other day, and asked him
    much the same question. We had a customer who wanted us to order one
    for her, but we couldn't, and I wanted to know why. He said that even
    APS-C users appeared to prefer the 70-200mm f/2.8 because of its
    greater reach, and in spite of its extra weight and bulk. Sales of
    the 50-150mm were therefore low, and that's why it was no longer
    available, at least in the UK.

    I'm not sure that he knows the full story, as a sales rep for a Sigma
    importer is not likely to know the full reasoning behind decisions
    made in Japan. He isn't privy to all ther decisions made in the UK
    either, but I still thought his view was worth repeating.

    If it is any help, Olympus also sold far fewer than expected of their
    (Four Thirds) Zuiko Digital 35-100mm f/2 which is a close equivalent.
    Even serious Four Thirds shooters chose the optically inferior (but
    still acceptable) 70-300mm, which is quite a long lens to use on the
    smaller format. One of our stores specialised in Four Thirds from the
    start of that format and has two of the 35-100mm lenses in stock, with
    little prospect of ever being able to sell them.

    I have just completed a stocktake of all three stores. I have a long
    list of very slow-moving and out of date items which are just taking
    up shelf space and will soon be going on eBay. It's amazing how dated
    some of it is. The value tied up in it is surprisingly high. :-(
     
    Bruce, Feb 2, 2011
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  7. RichA

    Rich Guest

    Pentax (Tokina) 50-135mm f2.8 was a decent lens for about the
    $800.00. It even beat (at 50mm) Pentax's older 50mm prime. Some
    aftermarket lenses are ok.
     
    Rich, Feb 2, 2011
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  8. ....They also recently discontinued their 16-50mm f2.8 zoom. Damnit.

    - Solomon
     
    Stuffed Crust, Feb 4, 2011
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