Bruce Oudekerk wrote:..... I think we’ve already seen a Sony vision of this in the ‘last half-hearted OVF’a580. They slid a decent product out there with NO media/advertising backing and watched it fail. It’s a “I told you so” example of a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The bottom line is that Sony needs market share.
Bruce, I agree with some of what you said, but these last to I want to address separately.
The 580 failed, in part, because they promoted the A55 above it, made it more available, and gave it the GPS, which you could not get on the 580 no matter how much money you had. So I agree with you there, and probably only fleshed out one of the reasons.
Sony needs market share? Sony drives away
market share! Let's kill the OVF, and cripple the last model with it, let's not produce a full line up of lenses, let's not replace aging tech in a timely fashion, let's not listen to customers, but rather tell them what they should like, etc., etc., etc. - That's the Sony mantra.
I work for a marketing company. To gain market share, you must have at least one of the following: Superior product, superior price, superior service/support or superior availability.
Sony has none of that, except for sensor tech. You may argue for the SLT, but they never really let people decide. They just put out the 560/580 against the 55, stripping the former of GPS and being much more expensive to boot. Then that SLT technology, that was supposed to be a cost savings as well, has never dropped the cost of future models, they're just as expensive as similar competitors, if not MORE expensive.
And now we have the new shoe vs the i-shoe. I didn't like the old shoe, but after I put a lot of bucks into i-shoe flashes, I didn't want to have to put silly adapters on them to make them work on future models!
Sony needs to think like a camera company to win photographers, but they never will. So, Sony's market share will continue to shrink, and I'll no longer care, because sooner or later I'll be on another mount.
A couple of a350's, an a700 and now an a580, plus even more lenses.