Pete as much as I hate to say it I agree with you, its either Sony’s way or the highway.
I’m starting to become more watchful of the Oly system now, I never took much notice before, (the smaller the format the better for macro but I don’t know what they offer for macro shooters, I have recently included Oly on my awareness radar just the same), the problem with Oly is how long are they going to be around if they don’t sell all that well anywhere except Japan?
But then you could say something similar about Sony too, apparently Sony replaced their top man in Alpha div. in the USA recently because of very poor market penetration there, so it seems they have noticed they don’t sell many Alpha cameras in the US, and here was me thinking they only took notice of what the Japanese market wanted….
Yeah Barry I’ve heard about that M Weir interview before where he’s trying to explain how an E-mount NEX is really an Alpha ILCE camera and lives in harmony with A-mount cameras ever after…hmm I would have liked them to ask him (as you say) how you fit an Alpha E-mount lens on to an Alpha A-mount body if they are so wonderfully compatible. What a joke.
Maybe all you need is a healthy dose of make believe and you can grab any mix of lens and body without even looking and head off for some photographic pursuit or other. (just make sure they are pretty much all Alpha’s and Bob’s your uncle)
We have to take into account M Weir is a Salesman, he trots out the company line whatever it might be, that’s his responsibility, to promote the products as they want them promoted but I very much doubt he sets the actual policy, the policy most likely comes from the place where the product is made and branded, and it isn’t made in the USA, I reckon all this NEX conversion to Alpha ILCE is just a snow job myself, there is absolutely no reason why the NEX couldn’t continue to be marketed and sold under its recognized banner, as a NEX, unless there is an ulterior motive such as future NEX’s (or some of them) moving away from being NEXy like the E7’s err A7’s already have and become more like an A-mount camera in overall style.
At the sales counter: excuse me I want to buy a NEX, do you have any NEX’s? …..err no we don’t have NEX’s anymore they have been replaced by the Alpha ILCE…would you like one of those instead? Um no, I have no idea what an Alpha ILCE is, I was chasing a NEX.
It’s beginning to sound like another ‘Sony foot shoot ow’ to me, it’s amazing how well Sony can organize those.
Sorry Peter I really can’t make much of your post, I don’t give a toss what else Sony is involved in, I’m interested in what they are currently doing to the A-mount, (well sort of interested) it’s just fun trying to read between the lines, and lies, as far as I’m concerned Sony couldn’t lie straight in bed