Where is the industry heading - some thoughts.

Started Mar 31, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Mostly rumours
In reply to steelhead3, Mar 31, 2014

But well-founded ones. A lot of information coming out of Sony suggests that dSLT was a stop-gap until fast on-sensor autofocus comes out. There are strong indications that Sony will not release any more dSLTs, but will rather shift to a technology like on the A6000 or 70D.

It makes sense. In the long term, it's cheaper and works better. You have autofocus all over the sensor. You have no microfocus errors or calibration issues with distance to image sensor vs. distance to AF sensor. Depending on how it's done, AF sensor gets 100% of the light. Plus, you get light-field for free. This will revolutionize photoediting.

Once the technology is in place, there are no downsides over dSLT.

Information coming out of Sony also suggests a long-term commitment to A-mount. Whether this actually happens, or whether NEX will take over, only time will tell. There are a lot of advantages to shorter flange distance. For now, Sony has not released any large E-mount lenses -- they rely on adapting A-mount lenses for bigger ones. If this were combined with better marketing, this might be a winning strategy. As is, people don't realize A-mount lenses work on E-mount, so E-mount is perceived to lack lens selection.

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