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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 July 2020 at 19:30
One thing to consider is that the sort of gear you're talking about would normally be more sought after by people doing photography professionally, or amateurs with a good amount of disposable income to spend on their hobby.

I'd normally be working weddings now and would have bought a used 135/1.8 to add to my kit, but because of the way things have gone with the pandemic I've stepped back from weddings at least for this year and no longer have that income available. And while some people have managed to do well on the stock market, there's still a level of uncertainty that's impacting consumer confidence.

So I'd say that while yes, interest in A Mount has reached an even lower level (from an already very low starting point), the market for other used relatively high end gear is also less than it was. The problem is that by the time the market for high end gear begins to recover, A Mount will be looking even more dated given the lack of any support from Sony.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 July 2020 at 20:40
Originally posted by Maxxuman Maxxuman wrote:

The problem is that by the time the market for high end gear begins to recover, A Mount will be looking even more dated given the lack of any support from Sony.
It is not (just) the lack of support. It is also threads proclaiming the death of A-mount and all DSLR-mounts. Give five years and F-mount and FE-mount EF-mount will be as dead as the A-mount - the future is mirrorless: like SLR replaced rangefinders, mirrorless replaces DSLR.

If you cannot move your A-mount lenses, your prices are too high. It is basic economy: supply and demand. When supply goes up and demand goes down, prices drop.

Edit: there seems to be no strikethrough option, so I made the mistake black.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 July 2020 at 04:43
Originally posted by Maxxuman Maxxuman wrote:

The problem is that by the time the market for high end gear begins to recover, A Mount will be looking even more dated given the lack of any support from Sony.
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

   It is not (just) the lack of support. It is also threads proclaiming the death of A-mount and all DSLR-mounts.

I don't care about threads, I care about what works. There have been constant threads proclaiming the death of A Mount since Sony bought it. But then I'm not the one looking to sell, because I know what works for me now will also work in the future. Clients care about results, not whether you're shooting the latest and greatest gear. The other photographers I work with are also aware of that, even if those in gear-centric forums aren't.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 July 2020 at 12:14
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

   Give five years and F-mount and FE-mount will be as dead as the A-mount - the future is mirrorless



Dang , so FE mount and A mount are dead !
That's Sony screwed then !

I'd have thought the EF might have have been in more danger myself .
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 July 2020 at 13:30
Originally posted by neilt3 neilt3 wrote:

Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

   Give five years and F-mount and FE-mount will be as dead as the A-mount - the future is mirrorless



Dang , so FE mount and A mount are dead !
That's Sony screwed then !

I'd have thought the EF might have have been in more danger myself .
Dang, Freudian slip I guess
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 July 2020 at 14:31
I started to sell my amount stuff about 4 years ago and all I have left is a mint A99 and the 50mm macro f/2.8. I can live with that.
From time to time I pick her up and I can hardly believe I used to use such a large camera.
Not to discourage anybody, I think it might be a little late to sell amount stuff now.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 July 2020 at 15:33
The last A-mount camera will roll out of production sometime during the next couple of months. A-mount is no more unfortunately.

Had a chat with a trusted source yesterday and he recommended me to get an a9 and keep the glass. Their new Fe-A mount adapter will make all Sony a-mount lenses fully compatible to the a9's and a7's.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 July 2020 at 17:19
Originally posted by Swede66 Swede66 wrote:

The last A-mount camera will roll out of production sometime during the next couple of months. A-mount is no more unfortunately.

Had a chat with a trusted source yesterday and he recommended me to get an a9 and keep the glass. Their new Fe-A mount adapter will make all Sony a-mount lenses fully compatible to the a9's and a7's.


When you say "their" new FE-A adapter, are you referring to the LA-EA4r monster adapter, or to a possible new adapter from Sony itself?

The "monster" is a reality, even if limited to a number of lenses currently. A new adapter from Sony is a whole different thang.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 July 2020 at 18:56
Originally posted by Rashkae Rashkae wrote:

Originally posted by 2manycamera 2manycamera wrote:

Originally posted by Rashkae Rashkae wrote:

Does anyone still see a market for the A mount? I have been trying to sell an A99ii with a lot of fantastic glass (things like a Minolta 100mm f/2, ZA2770, ZA135 etc) and there's not even been any interests...

Seems like people only think of E mount nowadays?

Thoughts? It's a shame since the A99ii is insanely sharp and also has Eye AF...


You don't say where you're located in your info line, what country are you in? You are a long time member of Dyxum, have you tried exclusive sales here? Are you trying to sell things individually, or have you offered bundles of items with discounts that offer greater value? Have you considered selling to KEH, or similar business? You may not get the price you want, but they will buy because they have the market for it.

There are still plenty of people using A mount. Finding that market is a challenge. It's small and getting smaller, but it does exists. The bigger challenge is finding a price point that entices someone to buy, and you will accept.


Well, I'm based in Singapore. I haven't tried the exclusive sales here, as I was initially trying to sell locally (and avoid hEllBay). The reason I started the post was to get a basic feel for the pulse of the A-mount globally and to see if other people have similar experiences where they are located. :)


I sold all of my a-mount gear a few years ago seeing the writing on the wall. Even then it required quite a bit of patience and that was high end stuff at reasonable prices.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 July 2020 at 20:13
Originally posted by Swede66 Swede66 wrote:

The last A-mount camera will roll out of production sometime during the next couple of months. A-mount is no more unfortunately.

Had a chat with a trusted source yesterday and he recommended me to get an a9 and keep the glass. Their new Fe-A mount adapter will make all Sony a-mount lenses fully compatible to the a9's and a7's.

Various things said over the last few years by Sony representatives concerning A-mount can't be trusted. But if there's finally an official declaration of the end of A-mount, I will trust that one.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 July 2020 at 21:50
If there's a seller and a buyer, there's a market. You have an a99II. I have $20. I'll take it off your hands. That's a market.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 July 2020 at 05:23
I'm still torn between the a99, a99ii, or going to the emount for full frame. I'll have to buy new glass for emount, but I'll need to buy something wide for the a99 or a99ii, as my 16-50 f2.8 is a very good lens, but a crop. My tokina 11-16 too. I'd probably need a Tamron 15-30mm, but that makes me wonder if I should just go emount and also keep my a77ii to use all the old Minolta lenses I love.

I so want to get something better for astro and low light.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 July 2020 at 05:50
I use A-mount lenses on my A7III. E-mount lenses are not required.

The manual APS-C mirrorless Samyang 12mm F2 is a nice astro lens. The Samyang AF 18mm F2.8 and Tamron 20mm F2.8 are good full-frame options. People seem to like the Tamron 17-28mm F2.8 too.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 July 2020 at 05:56
Thanks.. still thinking about it all and not in a hurry. For now I am still spending on my upcoming exhibit. Hopefully I'll sell some.
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