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by bfitzgerald
Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Future of A mount
Replies: 104
Views: 10700

Re: Future of A mount

I think Sony have scored an own goal with the E mount system, the market is shrinking for E mount because of cost, Some of the A mount CZ zoom lenses are made by Tamron, Tokina were under a different name back in the 35-mm days, which I forget, may have been Cosina, but they were considered low end...
by bfitzgerald
Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Future of A mount
Replies: 104
Views: 10700

Re: Future of A mount

I only have the Tamron 17-50mm left and the Tokina 11-16 (Sony never offered anything like that for A mount users). I used to have the Sony 11-18mm to use with my A700. Thing is that lens is the only one ever offered for APS-C users for an UWA zoom. Which is a bit odd, considering it was a re-badge...
by bfitzgerald
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Future of A mount
Replies: 104
Views: 10700

Re: Future of A mount

Just a quick note on the Sigma/Tamron lens situation. Having used a few of the more recent ones -and quite a lot of the older ones. People might be clamoring for them on mirrorless systems -because the cost of native OEM lenses are so high. Here I'm thinking of the E mount Tamron 28-75mm F2.8, the n...
by bfitzgerald
Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Future of A mount
Replies: 104
Views: 10700

Re: Future of A mount

I think there are a number of inevitable "design" issues with lenses. Be it SLR or Mirrorless. I'm no expert but moving to in lens motors/built in IS/electronic aperture (ie motors) - you're just not going to get 35mm rangefinder sized optics. Unless you go with manual everything - which i...
by bfitzgerald
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: "Mythical Lenses"
Replies: 2
Views: 194

"Mythical Lenses"

Thought it might be useful for users to share experiences with some of the less well used lenses out there. This is my list of lenses I have no experience of - maybe people who have used them can comment. Minolta/Sony 16mm F2.8 fisheye I can get hold of one of these for a nuts low price, I just wond...
by bfitzgerald
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Future of A mount
Replies: 104
Views: 10700

Re: Future of A mount

I don't mind smaller, to a degree that is. The film 7 remains perfect size for me, I find the A99 a bit on the big side - but can't complain, prices are dropping quite nicely on that camera body. As they are even on some of the more premium lenses out there. That photo shows extreme "gear overl...
by bfitzgerald
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Future of A mount
Replies: 104
Views: 10700

Re: Future of A mount

Wonder if this guy has still got all this gear :mrgreen:
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by bfitzgerald
Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Future of A mount
Replies: 104
Views: 10700

Re: Future of A mount

One things that puzzles me is, if Sony put half the effort into A mount they did with E mount (FF), they'd have all the benefits of the SLR form factor, with the up to date phase AF off the sensor (get rid of the SLT). Not that hard to do, and it would stop people using Canon lenses on E Mount (and ...
by bfitzgerald
Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Future of A mount
Replies: 104
Views: 10700

Re: Future of A mount

When I did a review on a few Minolta lenses, I looked back at the price they were sold at and adjusted the prices for inflation. Even taking into account currency fluctuations and sales taxes (ie VAT in Europe). It was pretty shocking how much over and above modern lenses are, a good 30-40% beyond w...
by bfitzgerald
Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Future of A mount
Replies: 104
Views: 10700

Re: Future of A mount

I did play with a GX9 and kit lens, a friend bought - it's not bad for a compact camera/lens combo. One reason I stayed away from Canon is some of their affordable lenses are hit and miss -not used the 28-135mm, but I did use their 28-105mm - trust me the old 28-85mm blows it away, even the 28-100mm...
by bfitzgerald
Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Future of A mount
Replies: 104
Views: 10700

Re: Future of A mount

I've seen some not bad deals on some micro 4/3 stuff. It's a system I've never really used for any length of time. Depends on the shooting you do I suppose -for some types I suspect sensor size doesn't make a lot of difference like landscape/travel. I'm sure you could use it for other stuff as well....
by bfitzgerald
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Future of A mount
Replies: 104
Views: 10700

Re: Future of A mount

Yes some good prices around. More A99's then I would have expected, so it seems it might have sold pretty well - despite the high price at release. In most ways I'd be happy to run with A99's in the future - there are quirks and annoyances, as with all cameras. Importantly it unlocks all those FF le...
by bfitzgerald
Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Future of A mount
Replies: 104
Views: 10700

Re: Future of A mount

Well the A99II came out end of 2016, but the last crop body as you say was 2015 with the A68 A77II is now over 5 years since it was released. Not that shocked the length of time has grown - then again with all 3 bodies sharing the same basic design, can't be that costly to update these bodies. I thi...
by bfitzgerald
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Future of A mount
Replies: 104
Views: 10700

Re: Future of A mount

There are plenty of adapters around, just they are simple ones, use the ring to adjust aperture and manual focus. The LEA3 works with in lens AF motors, but evidently not well on older bodies (ie slow). The LEA4 is the SLT using the A57 AF system - which for the A57 was alright in it's day - for FF ...
by bfitzgerald
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Future of A mount
Replies: 104
Views: 10700

Re: Future of A mount

I would have liked Minolta to continue, sadly Konica seem to be the ones who pulled the plug for reasons unknown. That was during a time of high growth, not the decline we see today. Minolta was always a solid no. 3 behind Nikon and Canon, well ahead of Pentax; Olympus were never in the running, lar...

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