Nikon 24mm 1.4 prime lens

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    $2199.00 Wow ! Looks nice but too rich for my blood. :(
     
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    What do you expect? The 28 is more then that, older, with less of the newer amenities.
     
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    I was thinking about that, it is a pretty decent price, I saw a 28 on Ebay and it was around $3000, with some marks on the body of the lens., still too rich for me.
     
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    Even Canon's fantastic 24mkII is not much different in price. Welcome to the fast prime club.
     
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    This might be my next lens!! YES!!
     
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    Well, that is the early adopter price; it's quite possible that the price will drop after eight months to one year on the market. Here's a good page to stop by and visit. Roland Vink maintains this page,which is named simply Nikon Lens Serial Nos

    Nikon Lens Serial Nos

    Take a look at the Nikkor 28mm f/1.4 AF-D; the first prodcution run of this lens was a whopping total of 7,333 lenses over about a 12 year span, from initial production in 1993 until late 2004, in 2005 the serial number range was changed, and the lens was discontinued as I recall in late 2006. This is a lens that, after it was discontinued, sold for up to $4,000 on eBay.

    Same thing with Nikon's 58mm f/1.2 Noct-Nikkor: the Ai run was 2,462 lenses, the 1981 to 1998 run of this expensive high-speed lens was 8,951 pieces. With a used market price of $3,000-$3,800 for a lens that originally retailed for perhaps a third of today's eBay price.

    These class-leading lenses, like the 200mm f/2 VR, sell in very small numbers when one really gets right down to it and looks at the individual production numbers. The 24mm f/1.4 is a lot like the 28/1.4, the 58mm f/1.2 Noct~Nikkor, and the 200mm f/2 AF-S VR-G---it utilizes current, absolute state of the art technologies, is made in limited numbers, offers extraordinarily high optical quality, and costs a pretty fair amount of money.
    The 24/1.4 is not designed to sell in large numbers, and lenses in this upper echelon on price and features cost a lot to research and produce. Go through the serial number list at the web page, and look at how FEW people will actually buy the really high-high end lenses, and how many hundreds of thousands of common lenses are sold.
     

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