Official statement on Sony A-mount future...

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sensibill
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Re: Official statement on Sony A-mount future...
In reply to theswede, 10 months ago

theswede wrote:

If you think this is a statement safeguarding the A mount read it again.

It is. Sony makes money on the A mount, both on new lenses and bodies and on the halo effect of having high end FF A mount bodies.

And no product Sony made money on was ever canceled or forced into sunset whilst they issued statements to the contrary. Nope, never.

Meanwhile, in reality world, there was one A mount APS-C camera in 2013. That, compared to seven in 2010, three in 2011, two in 2012.

On Planet E mount, things look decidedly more rosy. The ILCE is being rapidly followed up by subsequent models according to SAR and there were two E mount APS-C cameras in 2010 and three every year since.

Mountains out of molehills. Systems evolve and adapt, but even lenses over fifty years old are still as useable with modern systems as they were back then - even more so, with the modern advances in focus feedback to the photographer.

As A mount cameras stand now, this is true (except where it applies to Sigma compatibility issues). But looking ahead, requiring an expensive or bulky (or both) adapter doesn't equate to 'as useable' <sic> in my book. And from what Sony has said, I think it's a valid concern.

This is the time for people to be making waves to let Sony know we want more direct A mount cameras for our investment in Minolta and Sony MAF/SAL lenses, not adapters for NEX or ILCE.

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