Sony abandonments

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Sony abandonments
5 months ago

Pentax's dependability in staying compatible is a big plus. For a look at what we might have gone through if they hadn't kept that as a consistent value, let's look at what Alpha buyers have gone through...

  • Minolta SR mount: abandoned for the Alpha mount in order to support autofocus
  • Flash shoe: abandoned standard type for an incompatible connector
  • Alpha SLRs: abandoned full frame, then added it back, then abandoned SLRs for SLT
  • Alpha SLTs: abandoned, mostly, in favor of the E-mount, which abandoned sensor-based anti-shake, so your Alpha lenses would no longer be stabilized
  • E-mount, entry level: currently abandoned except in Australia, the only place the a3500 is sold (and abandoned the "NEX" brand)
  • E-mount, amateur level: abandoned compatibility with plug-in electronic viewfinder accessories (and external flash support along with it)
  • E-mount, semipro level: abandoned in favor of full frame
  • current models: abandoned previous proprietary flash shoes (they had more than one!) for a more conventional design

Olympus may have offended a lot of people by ditching first the OM mount and then the classic Four Thirds mount, but they've got nothing on Sony. The only comparable thing Pentax has ever done was to drop support for mechanical aperture input, late in the film era.

If Pentax does full frame, that would actually be a mark against it in terms of consistency and compatibility.

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