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fionndruinne
07-13-2008, 01:31 PM
The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 is out... and $500, which in my book at least qualifies for the term hella 'spensive. So, for those of you who are up on these things, how much is the price likely to drop on this thing, and how soon might that be?

At that price point, even though I'd like an ultra-large-aperture, I'd go with the 18-50mm f/2.8 macro HSM.

- A

e_dawg
07-13-2008, 02:03 PM
Hmm... $500, eh? You can get a Zeiss 50/1.4 for less. Sigmas usually drop in price fairly quickly. Nobody ever pays list price for a Sigma after it's been out for a while. Probably drop 20% within 3-6 months and another 10% over the next 6 months. Should probably stabilize at 30% off after a year or so. I would probably pick up a D80 in a month or so as they clear them out to make way for the D90 instead, so you can use non AF-S Nikons. A used 50/1.4 probably goes for less than $200.

btuner
07-13-2008, 02:15 PM
you could take that $500 you could sell your d40, add that money to it, pick up a d80 and the nikon 50mm 1.8 for about the same price haha

fionndruinne
07-13-2008, 03:52 PM
Heheh, yeah... I'm a little saddened that Nikon hasn't seemed to care to provide any good midrange (between consumer/slow and pro-grade like the 17-55mm) glass (primes especially) with AF-S. Don't know if that'll be enough to make me upgrade my camera. I didn't want to, i.e. can't really justify another $500-700 expenditure on a body, but who knows.

... a D300 sure would be fun...

Classic96
07-13-2008, 04:46 PM
In my opinion Nikon won't cater to that market anyway. They figure someone who want's to spend $450 on a DSLR kit, doesn't necessarily care about a large aperture prime. They want a walk around lens that is easy to use.

K1W1
07-13-2008, 05:48 PM
In my opinion Nikon won't cater to that market anyway. They figure someone who want's to spend $450 on a DSLR kit, doesn't necessarily care about a large aperture prime. They want a walk around lens that is easy to use.

My thoughts as well. The 18-55 and 55-200 twin lens kit is more than enough for most users in that segment.
I'm always amazed at the number of people who have DSLR's with only the 18-55 kit lens and nothing else.

theMadHatter
07-13-2008, 06:10 PM
...and this is better than my $290.00 Nikkor 50mm 1.4D?

XaiLo
07-13-2008, 06:58 PM
I'd expect it to plummet if nikon release a A-FS 50mm 1.4

Visual Reality
07-13-2008, 08:09 PM
...and this is better than my $290.00 Nikkor 50mm 1.4D?
I really doubt it.

craigyc
07-14-2008, 08:47 AM
I was excited for this lens before it got priced. Was looking forward to having an AF prime on my d40 but I would rather put the money towards a new body than 250 (or probably more knowing UK prices) on a siggy prime!

Screenclutter
07-15-2008, 02:09 PM
The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 is out... and $500, which in my book at least qualifies for the term hella 'spensive. So, for those of you who are up on these things, how much is the price likely to drop on this thing, and how soon might that be?
- A

The Nikon 50mm f/1.4 still costs about $300, so $500 would seem right to me if the quality of the pictures of both lenses are the same.

I guess we'll have to wait for Nikon's future AF-S announcements for prime lenses...

Took long enough for Sigma to get it out to market since their announcement.