Who's eagerly awaiting the rumoured Sony MF mirrorless?

Started Mar 30, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Re: Who's eagerly awaiting the rumoured Sony MF mirrorless?
In reply to mpetersson, Mar 30, 2014

mpetersson wrote:

To me it feels like yet Another symptom of Sony's ADD. I doubt that they can focus on Three lens-lines at the same time (A, E, MF), considering that they haven't done a great job focusing on two as it is... They should let the current mounts and cameras mature a bit bbefore going on to the next thing.

The A-mount is mature.  It had a couple of decades under Minolta, and if it wasn't able to survive competing head-on with Canikon then, I'm not sure it will now.  The E-mount is getting pretty fleshed-out.  What is missing?  Even just looking at the APS-C range, you have a pretty good list of primes: 16mm (with adapters for 12mm and 10mm), 20mm, 24mm, 30mm, 35mm, 50mm.  You've got a selection of zooms.  Then Sigma and Zeiss lenses.  About all that seems left are long lenses, but you can use the adapter and a-mount if that is necessary.  I'm just curious what e-mount lenses people are waiting for.  A native 85mm might be nice?

Now if you are suggesting that Sony needs more FE lenses, then I would agree.  I expect them to keep releasing new ones.

If people are to invest a lot of Money in, for instance, FE-mount lenses they need to know that Sony will keep supporting the mount with more lenses, more cameras and accessories. Of course you can buy the A7/A7r and use them as a digital back for lenses from other manufacturers, but that doesn't sound like a great business model for Sony...

Maybe they figure that they can make a profit on the camera, while other manufacturers may rely more on lens sales?

Canikon might feel traditional and slow compared to Sony, but buyers at least know where they stand and that they are buying into a system that will stay on track for a long time to come. I wish Sony could have at least a little more of that.

If that was the overriding concern, why not just buy Canikon?  Even in past years, I've seen people post how the A-mount is missing this or that.  It's not like a tilt-shift lens (for example) isn't important, but if you need a native version and you won't use software correction, then maybe Sony isn't a good choice, but it's not like it's all that limiting.

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