The price of the SD1M is still way too high!

Started Apr 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
Roland Karlsson Forum Pro • Posts: 26,130
Re: Don't copyrights slow this kind of thing up?

Petroglyph wrote:

I imagine Ricoh would "flip out" if Sigma put a K-mount on a camera body.  Kodak is famous for having a lot of early digital patents so maybe they had something to bargain with.  Any cross-mount stuff probably requires endless negotiation.  But I could be wrong I just seem to remember Pentax renegotiating the right to use K-mount with Tamron recently.

I am not so sure about that. Once upon a time, when the "pirate" lenses arrived on the market, there was big discussions regarding if it was legal or not to make lenses with "pirate" mounts. But, it was decided that it was OK.

And there was earlier lots of cheap cameras that used m42 and K-mount, and I would be surprised if they did any licensing. No one has dared touching Nikon and Canon mounts though, as far as I know. Fuji did use Nikon mount, but I think it simply was a licensed and modified Nikon camera.

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