Time is running out for Samsung, Sony, and other mirrorless camera makers

Started Mar 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
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In reply to jcharding, Mar 19, 2013

jcharding wrote:

You didn't read my response at all. My complaint wasn't about individual lenses, or even Zeiss lenses - which are indeed excellent. It was about Sony's inability to create a complete lens lineup even after being handed a giant headstart through all off Minolta's lens intellectual property, as well as Sony's inability to just repair the Minolta lenses that they themselves were touting as a reason to use the A Mount.

And while Zeiss does indeed produce superior lenses, Minolta glass was also quite excellent. Several current Alpha lenses (such as the 70-200/2.8) are no more than re-badged Minolta designs that are unchanged a decade later. The existence of these rebadged lenses, however, simply reinforces my point about Sony's strange decisions about not taking more of these already designed lenses and producing them. Sony had already fully paid for the IP.

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My favore all time lens is my Minolta 80-200/2.8.  It is smaller than any other f/2.8 lens in that range and just as good as the Canons.  Sadly there are few left.

As for Zeiss, they make great lenses (actually they DON"T make them, just design them), but they are way too expensive for most users.  I hade the 16-80 for a while but found the Sony 16-105 was just as good and I was able to buy it for less.

I was also upset that Sony skipped the 85mm F/1.7 lens which leaves a big hole unless you want to pay big bucks.

So, you are right, Sony has the IP, but won't use it....and so Canikon is killing them.

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