|Quoting cpd (Reply 5):|
I don't know how they manage to sell them at such huge prices. Perhaps they have a captive market - but a 300mm F/2.8G at nearly AUD$15,000 at last check is hovering around the same price as the AF-S VR II Nikkor 600mm F/4.0G "N" lens which is absolute premium grade top of the range stuff.
I would probably blame whoever distributes the lens in Oz. The Nikkor 300 f/2.8 goes for about $5,200 here in the US. The Sony 300 f/2.8 is about $6,200. In contrast, the Nikkor 600mm goes for about $10,300.
I expect the 500 f/4 to be about $8,000-$9,000 when it debuts. The Nikkor 500 f/4 (a brand new design) goes for about $8,500. I know of five guys who will buy one as soon as it comes out, too.
The 300 f/2.8 is kind of an oddball. It cost a lot back when it was a Minolta branded lens too. The main reason the price is so high is that it's completely hand made and has a lot of inefficiencies in its manufacturing, even though the optical and build quality are excellent. The new G/Zeiss lenses that have been coming out have been price competitive with their Nikon and Canon counterparts because they've been using different manufacturing techniques.