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03-16-2014, 07:19 PM   #1
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Sigma Lenses - Price Reduction in Japan Only

I ran across a couple of posts elsewhere talking about the prices of Sigma lenses beginning reduced in Japan by up to 66%.

Apparently what is going on is that Nikon sued Sigma a couple of years ago, claiming patent infringement on Sigma's image stabilization design being a bit too close to Nikon's. Nikon won the infringement case.So, it appears that Sigma may be fearing that Nikon will get an order forcing them to stop selling lenses with the infringed design, thus is in the process of dumping their current inventory while they still can sell them. Apparently the sales are on in the brick and mortar retail stores along with Amazon JP. Using 100 yen to the US Dollar....
I don't know if this extends to the Pentax mount lenses - I can't believe that Sigma would have more than one design.

This is as much as I know - or don't know as the case may be....



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QuoteOriginally posted by interested_observer Quote
I ran across a couple of posts elsewhere talking about the prices of Sigma lenses beginning reduced in Japan by up to 66%.

Apparently what is going on is that Nikon sued Sigma a couple of years ago, claiming patent infringement on Sigma's image stabilization design being a bit too close to Nikon's. Nikon won the infringement case.So, it appears that Sigma may be fearing that Nikon will get an order forcing them to stop selling lenses with the infringed design, thus is in the process of dumping their current inventory while they still can sell them. Apparently the sales are on in the brick and mortar retail stores along with Amazon JP. Using 100 yen to the US Dollar....
I don't know if this extends to the Pentax mount lenses - I can't believe that Sigma would have more than one design.

This is as much as I know - or don't know as the case may be....

Too bad only for JP market????
03-16-2014, 08:33 PM   #3
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Too bad in general...that's a lousy situation for Sigma. I don't know if the loss of the lawsuit was justified, but I wish Sigma the best as a company - their creativity is refreshing.
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They won't ship to Sweden atleast, I tried. You could use anyone of the million export shipping services that people use to get stuff from Japan.

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