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    Posted: 30 October 2019 at 01:52
With no new A-mount bodies or lenses coming out, and Sony mentioning a one mount strategy in their investor presentations, is it now a consensus that the A-mount is officially dead and there will be no new bodies or lenses made by Sony?

I know their managers were saying in interviews that they will continue developing the A-mount, yet, talk is cheap and reality is different.

 



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I hope not, but it sure looks like it is dead.
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I hope not, but it's easy to see how Sony would want to concentrate their efforts elsewhere. The acquisition of Minolta firmly launched Sony into the interchangeable lens market, but more compact, mirrorless cameras are driving what really remains of this market. The larger A-mount still has optical advantages, but computational photography can nicely correct many of the problems associated with inexpensive compact lenses for the mirrorless systems (when shooting JPEG).

Fingers crossed that Sony continues to support and develop new A-mount bodies and lenses. And it would be fantastic if they went wild and produced the next generation full frame CCD sensor for us artists. Hey, one can hope right?
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Que Sera Sera, whatever will be will be.......

There's still shed-loads of a-mount bodies and even more a-mount lenses out there, and it would be nice if next generation a-mount bodies saw the light of day, incorporating some of the amazing new sensor, hardware and software developments that exist in Sony's mirrorless family.

In the end I guess the bean counters at Sony will weigh things up based on hard economic realities.
It's a fact that sales of DSLR/DSLT cameras of all makes are tanking in the face of smart phones, go-pros and mirrorless cameras.

I'm of an age that I'm content to keep using and enjoying my a-mount kit until it (or I) expire/retire.
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Originally posted by arj arj wrote:

With no new A-mount bodies or lenses coming out, and Sony mentioning a one mount strategy in their investor presentations, is it now a consensus that the A-mount is officially dead and there will be no new bodies or lenses made by Sony?

I know their managers were saying in interviews that they will continue developing the A-mount, yet, talk is cheap and reality is different.



It has officially gone from the NZ market. I know this probably counts for little on the global scheme of things, but if I want anything A-mount now I have to prepay (no refunds) and order it shipped here.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote arj Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 October 2019 at 03:05
Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:


I'm of an age that I'm content to keep using and enjoying my a-mount kit until it (or I) expire/retire.


I do enjoy it at this moment but the question for sure is of interest to people going forward. Investing further into a dead mount might not be the best idea. Down the line, the a-mount gear I have will loose value even if I can use it on e-mount with an adapter. Even now several of my old lenses are no match to the newest lenses produced by Sony - by image quality nor by focus accuracy.
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I agree, but it shouldn't be hard to make an A99 iii with much of the A9 in it and an uprated version of the LA-EA4 included, if that is necessary. If it is, then integrating the on-chip AF with it would be a challenge.

The question as always has to be the market. Perusing the s/h camera shops in Bristol a few days ago showed them chock-full of DSLRs and DSLR lenses. I'd like to think there are still plenty of A-mounters happy with the glass and wanting to upgrade the camera, but I'm not sure ...


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Originally posted by wetapunga wetapunga wrote:

It has officially gone from the NZ market. I know this probably counts for little on the global scheme of things, but if I want anything A-mount now I have to prepay (no refunds) and order it shipped here.
Sony NZ/Australia does not seem the most customer oriented Sony importer.....

Originally posted by arj arj wrote:

Investing further into a dead mount might not be the best idea.
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A-mount dead... ? My lenses are still breathing, and after half an hour filming the body of my beloved one is getting quite warm.....
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How many times have we heard this? I think too many times.

Even the A99ii as well as the A68 / A77ii came out after the first rumours of A-mount being dead. Sony can still surprise us, or not, but what does it really matter?

So my advice is:
- Don't speculate
- Enjoy and use what you have


Edit: forgot one thing as the third advice:
- If you need more A-mount equipment buy 2nd hand, plenty of economic options available



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+1
Just keep going, if you do not like to switch to e-mount.
If you decide to sell a-mount gear, the phisical value is still much higher than what you can get. Step by step groing quality characteristics can be not so important. I have no attention to say "who cares", but still, it is in most of situations right. One can easily live with 10 years old technology and make great pictures.
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may be dead but there is some nice telephoto lenses to be had at a bargain!
I am almost considering buying an A99II now! As far as the sensor goes it keeps up even with the latest and greatest.
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Have to say I'm kinda torn with the whole A-mount death just having done the A99ii upgrade a few months ago.
At the time it felt like the obvious choice, keep the native lenses and mainly doing birding there just wasn't any affordable native E-mount options.
Que the 200-600 release and I'm now kind of second guessing my choice.
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