Survival of the K-mount in the mirrorless world.

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Mark Ransom
Mark Ransom Veteran Member • Posts: 7,221
Re: The trend towards mirrorless

Maxxum Fan wrote:

No I'm looking way back beyond that date. The boom was just that a blip, but pre digital they sold more ILC's in the mid 80's onwards. So the market is dying, probably sped up with fairly hefty prices on new gear (bodies and lenses), mix in the phones, bargain buyers who still get gear but won't pay high prices (tons of s/h stuff around)

= continued decline of the industry for years ahead

You're probably right.

So there are too many makers, prices are too high (you can only get the value up before the decline speeds up with that plan ie it has not worked), and too much s/h stuff around. There is nothing they can do except cut costs (mirrorless is cheaper to make no doubts there), and jack up prices.

People keep saying that mirrorless is cheaper to make, but I haven't seen any evidence.  I think that's just an unfounded assumption.

What they could do is what more electronics goods have happen - prices drop long term hugely. Cameras are not immune to progress, pc's used to be seriously expensive, now they are dirt cheap.

PCs have one advantage over cameras - as the technology progresses, the chips become smaller and thus cheaper.  A camera sensor is a major part of the expense, and those never become smaller.  That's not to say cameras won't become cheaper, they just won't do it on the same time scale as other electronic products.

Only way to ensure they wipe themselves out is to keep jacking prices up, has not worked and never will. Camera gear isn't in high demand, even more so with Covid

Raising prices due to lower demand just drives the demand even lower.  That's a bad feedback loop.

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