How healthy is A-mount?

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Ontario Gone
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Re: How healthy is A-mount?
In reply to Alphoid, 7 months ago

Alphoid wrote:

In 2013 and 2013, we saw:

  • E-Mount: A5000, A7, A7r, A3000, NEX-5T, NEX3N
  • A-Mount: A58

E-mount also had 7 new lenses, while A-mount had just one (50mm f/1.4), and three minor updates.

Is A-mount on life support?

One thing is certain, regardless of what happens to sony's bank account. Any system that has merit, any system that has momentum, it will be bought up by somebody. Take a look at pentax. They have been passed around like a drunken prom queen, but pentax users are still getting great cameras. The worst thing that could happen to A mount is a hiccup in development times due to a sell out/management change.

Even if Sony went bankrupt today and sold off tomorrow, somebody will buy it and take advantage of all the lenses. A mount will not just fade into oblivion and never make another camera. Maybe the mount will be bought buy Fuji and used as a 'Fuji DSLR line', or maybe another company. Who knows, the name may change, or it could stay the same, but either way the a-mount lenses people have will not go to waste.

With that all being said, i don't think we are in danger of sony dropping the ball here. I think they are just waiting on new technology to put into A mount so there is a big enough improvement for the next generation. Nobody is going to pay premium prices for an A78 if it's not a significant upgrade over the A77.

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