Sony lens price increases by $200 – is the US-China trade war to blame?

Sony lens price increases by $200 - is the US-China trade war to blame?
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In an unwelcome move for Sony fans, the Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM lens has had a $200 price increase from $1,898 to $2,098. But is this a one-off occurrence related to a singular Chinese-produced Sony lens, or is it a far more troubling sign of things to come? 

Rumor website Sony Alpha Rumors comments that "this is the first time I've ever seen something like this from Sony" and questions whether this price hike could actually be due to the US-China trade war. Could this be the case? Well, let's find out.

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Louise Carey

With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine and  Digital Photographer. Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.