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Old Oct 26, 2006, 10:15 AM   #1
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I wanted to know what was the price difference between the original minolta 70-200 SSM and CaNikon's 70-200 equivalent and if the difference is justified. I saw that some vendors are selling the USM for as little as 500 dollars. Was the minolta superior in some way? And I'm not even going to talk about Sony's prices.
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Old Oct 26, 2006, 1:23 PM   #2
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I have not idea about the lens but the sony costs are out of site! No way no how!!!
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Old Oct 26, 2006, 1:43 PM   #3
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I saw that some vendors are selling the USM for as little as 500 dollars.
That can't be right. You must have been looking at a cheaper/dimmer lens (or a scam artist's web site where you can't really buy one for that price). Remember, f/2.8 is twice as bright as f/4, and 4 times as bright as f/5.6. An f/2.8 lens will cost you more.

The Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L runs around $1,100 discounted at popular online vendors. But, that's not a stabilized solution.

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L at B&H

At some vendors, it's more (for example, Wolf/Ritz gets $1,349.95 for it). There is a $45 rebate right this minute.

http://www.ritzcamera.com/product/541163564.htm

The Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L with IS (Image Stablization) runs around $1,700 discounted at popular online vendors.

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS at B&H

Some vendors get more for it (for example, Wolf/Ritz and Circuit City both get $1999.95 for it (so, call it $2000). There is a $50 rebate right now, though.

http://www.wolfcamera.com/product/541166757.htm

As for the Sony 70-200mm f/2.8, we don't know what "street price" will be yet, since it doesn't look like it's hit vendors shelves yet. Suggested List will be $2,399.95 (about $400 more than some vendors are getting for the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS right now).

I don't know what vendors were getting for the Minolta 70-200mm f/2.8 SSM before the announcements with KM and Sony. I didn't pay much attention to it when vendors had it in stock.

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Old Oct 27, 2006, 2:58 PM   #4
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Tamron and Sigma lenses seem to sell for 60%-70% of thier MSRP. I doubt sony will end up with that much difference, but if they take 20% off then its about $1900. Still way too much, but who knows what will happen.

For the $800 price difference right now vs canon 2.8 IS, you can buy a rebel. If canon had body stabilization, the comparison would be MUCH worse. Sony really needs to SLASH that price by a lot.
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Sony really needs to SLASH that price by a lot.
Yes I second this one!!!

With the current price of sony 70-200ssm, i can get a canon 70-200 f2.8L IS and a rebel or even a rebel xti...

poor Minoltians....

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