Dusty wrote:I have no problem with Sony bringing a new technology to the photo world, but I do have a problem with them saying "Our way or the highway".
I'll take the highway. I want a STILLS camera. I want an OVF. If you put video into it and it doesn't impact my stills shooting, I'll still buy it. But I DO NOT want an EVF. It ruins my night vision when working at night. It takes power just to look thru the camera.
If you bring a new technology to the field, one that has both pros and cons, and offer only that technology in the future, you disenfranchise all those who used the old technology because of it's pros. Since DSLR cameras are systems, not individual items, you severely impact anyone who doesn't/can't make use of your new tech. In effect, you lose them eventually because if they cannot use your system, and another is available that they can, they will switch.
As it is now, I didn't buy an A580 because it didn't include GPS. All future Sonys will, but if all future Sonys are EVF, I'll not be buying one. I'll pick up a second hand 850 or 900 to extend the life of the system I have, but when it breaks I'll eventually switch to Pentax or Nikon.
Now if Sony comes out with an A750 w/ OVF and GPS, or an A950 with like features, I'll stick around.
However, I seriously think Sony overestimates the impact of SLT and underestimates the desires of OVF system users to have a fully updated OVF camera.
You may sell the single SLT with 16-50 or 18-250 to a user who wants the latest tech, but the users who buy multiple cameras, multiple lenses and multiple flashes are the guys who make you a 'real' camera company, instead of just an electronics producer.
Sony needs to change it's mindset on DSLRs or find out the hard way that it blew a chance to grow it's market by ADDING a new technology that SOME people will want.
Personally, I have no complaints about the OVF in the KM 7D and the one in the A700. I am also able to work with the EVF in the A2, although I would choose the viewfinder of the A700 in preference to the viewfinder of the A2.GeirJ0909 wrote:I have the a100, a350 and a850. IMO the only OVF worth keeping are the ones in the FF cameras. The OVF in the a350 is small and dark and if I am to buy another APS camera it will definitely be with an EVF.
Atgets_Apprentice wrote:I would probably be interested in switching to Pentax, if their future seemed secure, but having gone from ownership by Pentax, to Hoya, and now Ricoh, all in the space of a few short years, they might not be around by the time I am looking to replace the a580.
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