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Post Options Post Options   Quote mike77 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 May 2021 at 21:58
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Like somebody on SAR mentioned: in the US, A-mount is still mentioned in Japan.


What do you mean by that? Do you expect that Sony will start to churn out new models of A mount bodies and lenses for the Japanese market?

Edited by mike77 - 04 May 2021 at 22:01
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 May 2021 at 08:34
No, just that it is still mentioned on the Japanese Sony site. That is what I wrote.

The Sony A99, A99II and A58 still are mentioned on the Dutch Sony site, but not on the Austrian one.

I guess A-mount cameras are still mentioned when they have them still in stock. That is also why you do not get notifications of discontinuation, some places might still have inventory.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote nandbytes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 May 2021 at 09:05
when was the last time any manufacturer sent a big notification when they discontinued a body or lens or any product for that matter?

Olympus' old four thirds mount has still not received it I think and the company has been bought and sold in that time
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 May 2021 at 23:35
Originally posted by nandbytes nandbytes wrote:

when was the last time any manufacturer sent a big notification when they discontinued a body or lens or any product for that matter?

Olympus' old four thirds mount has still not received it I think and the company has been bought and sold in that time


One is reminded of the Samsung NX range that quietly disappeared from the market without any warning.
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Originally posted by nandbytes nandbytes wrote:

when was the last time any manufacturer sent a big notification when they discontinued a body or lens or any product for that matter?

Olympus' old four thirds mount has still not received it I think and the company has been bought and sold in that time

I got the 4/3rds memo. I also got a memo that the OM-D EM-1 would support the lenses with a micro 4/3rds adaptor, and a discount coupon. That doesn't mean that I'm still not miffed about it.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote MisterAndrew Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Yesterday at 00:47
I guess it's official now. No more A-mount. :..(

If they increase support for the LA-EA5 adapter and make A-mount lenses just as fast on E-mount bodies as A-mount then it will be okay with me. I'm interested to see what the A7IV will be like. I've been looking at the A7III, but it's almost as old as the A99II and doesn't fully support the lens adapter. I want something that will be great for night time shots so that puts the A7RIV mostly off my list.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote owenn01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 hours 12 minutes ago at 10:58
I saw yesterday the Digital Camera World reported it as 'officially' put into pasture by Sony:

Demise of the a -Mount

Such a shame but I guess we all knew - note, not the same as accepted - that once the e- mount gained traction then it's days were always going to be numbered. I think I will be in the same position as MisterAndrew above - if the LA-EA5 adapter allows me to use my current A-mount lenses on a newer a- series e-mount camera then I think I will be happy. I suspect I have a few years of happy A-mount shooting ahead of me until such time comes that I will need to consider a change of camera body (that's probably the kiss of death now I realise....).

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In memoriam ! Purely by chance my daughter recently returned my old A100 I'd passed onto her as she wasn't using it & I've been out taking a few shots with a Minolta 35-105 attached. A slightly clunky experience esp doing exposure compensation and the tunnel viewfinder, I haven't looked at any of the results on the proper screen yet but suspect the results will be fine - I have a 40" x 30" (approx) print on the wall that looks great - from an appropriate viewing distance !!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Swoopy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 hours 36 minutes ago at 12:34
Another article reaching the same conclusion: A-mount is end-of-life

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tricky01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 hours 31 minutes ago at 12:39
Great article by CNET too - always pleasant to read an article for the mass market on a topic you know well and see the facts reported correctly! https://apple.news/AMq11MHgLQG21ZJT3cn-Pxw

A sad day given the A100 was my first step into DSLRs 15 years ago (almost to the day in fact!) and be with Sony ever since via A700, A900, A77 and A99. Mirrorless absolutely is the future though, and great for Sony to now be officially 100% dedicated to it. The adaptors also mean those a mount lenses can live on too (certainly for macro I still use 70mm and 180mm sigma a-mount for this and see no reason to change).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Swoopy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 hours 11 minutes ago at 12:59
So all that's left of the old (Konica) Minolta now is the idea of "G Lens" branding?

EDIT: I see they have G-Master now as well.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote braisim Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 hours 54 minutes ago at 13:16
A great way to send off A-mount would be to design the A7IV like a mini A77II or like an A55. Top screen (look at the lovely one on the new Fuji), rounded grip, articulating screen with decent resolution (hard to believe that the 7 year-old A77II has a higher resolution screen than that of the A7III), etc. The ergonomics of the A-mount cameras always seemed superior to the FE bodies in my opinion. Bodies that felt good to pick up and hold, whereas the A7III I own is OK, but feels like a brick with sharp edges in comparison.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 hours 50 minutes ago at 13:20
The A77II and A7III have the same resolution 640x480 rear screens. The additional dots in the former are white dots. They don't increase resolution. They were meant to increase brightness.

I do prefer the softer rubber they used on SLT grips, though my fingernails always wear the section near the lens mount. The E-mount bodies have alloy there which is very unpleasant but durable.

Edited by QuietOC - 11 hours 41 minutes ago at 13:29
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Post Options Post Options   Quote braisim Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 hours 44 minutes ago at 13:26
Thanks for clarifying. It supports my case: the A77II screen is still better than that in the A7III, even if its resolution is not higher.
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