How healthy is A-mount?

Started Feb 2, 2014 | Discussions thread
havoc315 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,445
Re: How healthy is A-mount?

havoc315 wrote:

havoc315 wrote:

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?

Well for cameras, the A58 and NEX3N were announced together. The A3000 was announced at the end of August and was available in mid September. The NEX 5T and A7/r were announced together in mid October and available for Christmas. The A5000 isn't available yet.

As for lenses, 5 of the e-mount lenses are full frame to go with the first full frame e-mounts. Only 2 of those are currently available separately. 1 is the kit lens for the A7. 1 is about to ship and the last doesn't have a firm release date yet. Then there are the 2 APS-C e-mounts. Both of them are basically standard zooms to fill a serious gap in the e-mount line. Before the 18-105mm PZ and 16-70mm, you only had the 18-200mm as an alternative to kit lenses. Contrast that worth what you have for APS-C A-Mount (18-55mm SAM & SAM II, 16-50mm, 16-105mm, 18-135mm, 16-80mm, 18-200mm).

In general things look very e-mount heavy, but it's only looked like that since the end of summer, 5 months tops. If things keep going this way then maybe you have a point. But right now I'm not at all worried.

Unfortunately, it's been longer than that. Late 2012 brought the Nex 6 and Nex 5r.

We've gone nearly a year and half with only one new a-mount. An underwhelming model with very little promotion.

The top selling Sony "dslr" on Amazon, by a wide margin, is the e-mount A3000.

Meanwhile, it appears the A7000 will release soon, with no new a-mount in sight.

My conclusion is that the a-mount is on life support. Sony may be undecided whether to resuscitate (with updated models), or whether to simply pull the plug.

You can't compare a mostly consumer e-mount line to what will be less consumer oriented A-mount line. You have to look at the normal patterns..

See my post below.. NO CAMERA MODELS ARE LATE ON RENEWAL except the A37 which I think that level will be an e-mount domain only from now on. I expect there to be only one a-mount released below $1000 each year to compete with the Top Rebel. Sony will do e-mount and Canon will try to make the SL1 cameras smaller because they failed on EOS M badly, not even releasing EOS M2 outside of Asia.

If it's not a consumer oriented product, then it may as well be dead.

Almost all semi pro users were entry level users at some point, and most grow within their system.

People don't jump from smart phone/p&s into a $1500+ dSLR.

They jump into a $500 a37... Then their interest and expertise grows.. They invest in glass.. They eventually buy a more advanced body.

If Sony gives up on selling a-mount to entry level users, then the a-mounts days are truly numbered.

Someone who enters into the e-mount system, will grow within that system. It's not like their lenses will work on an a-mount camera.

Those people claiming Sony's plan is to use the a-mount only for premium users...,that's delusion. It would be doomed to long term failure.

Sorry but the illusion of the plastic to FF user is just not true.

Most Rebel users probably use the kit lens and one Telephoto..

but you do become accustom to brands and ways things are done..

my KM 5D had 3 lenses.   Only one for a couple of months did I move to my A700.  Then I bought a lot of lenses..   People who shoot Mirrorless because it works well and is small that don't know they want to move up will get a new camera and better lenses.

It would be silly to by a $1200 A79 and put your $80 Kit on it.. etc.  When you make the jump you get better gear period.. and those using used lenses can also like I have with my other hobby build on used better camera.

I would take a used A65 / A57 over an A37 any day.

Actually, I use quite a few cheap lenses on my $2,000 a99. None of my current lenses cost me over $300.

And yes.. Most Canon Rebel users never significantly upgrade.
But you're looking in the wrong direction--- virtually all Canon 1d owners started with an entry level Canon years before. And as they got more serious, they upgraded gradually.

Same with Sony a99 shooters. Very very few Canon Rebel shooters jumped into the a99. Most a99 shooters were A-mount shooters before, owned entry level a-mounts before.

I've been shooting Minolta/Sony for 20 years. For many years, I shot with basic kit lenses. Over time, I upgraded glass and bodies. First, I added a couple lenses. When time to buy a new body, of course I wanted a camera that worked with my existing lenses, even if they were pretty basic. Then I started to add slightly higher quality class... Then when time to upgrade to a mid level model, again... I didn't want to trash/resell my 5 or 6 lenses.... And as my gear continued to grow.. Eventually 2 a-mount flashes, 10 a-mount lenses... Half of which were full frame... When I found myself ready for a full frame camera.. The a99 was a natural extension.

Lets ask-- A99 shooters on this board, how many of you were not already a-mount shooters?

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