The pricing must reflect the 16 flurite crystal elements in its construction. Yes, 16 of them. I don't know how many months it takes to grow enough for 1 lens, but I think pricing is relative. Some who value the best will undoubtedly buy it outright, while those of us who cannot afford it will snatch up all the "old" version 1 glass at lower prices.
Obviously, real-world testing will determine if the price tag will be worth it, but first-adopter will always pay the price.
Just my opinion.
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