At least Sony has yet to have an expensive model with a left bank of AF sensors that don’t work properly or a camera that fogs up the sensor with stuff from the Exxon Valdez, or endemic back focus, so a well done is in order for that and for the advances in sensor technology and the implementation of it.
I’m happy to give Sony credit for the things they do well because they can do good stuff when they want too, but it has been fairly obvious for a long time that they do struggle with the concept of a ‘system’ or a convincing themed approach in making a still camera system surrounded by accessories that all work in harmony.
One thing stands out, Sony has struggled with the flash system, the flash system has been unreliable since the A100 even the unreliableness is unreliable if you take into account that some cameras of the same model are apparently unaffected while others are a basket case with flash.
And the capacity of Sony to remain oblivious of the fact that they haven’t had a motion freezing macro ring flash in their system since day one is totally awesome, but then if they can’t build a reliable system flash what are the chances of them doing it with a macro flash? Recently they may have had an attempt at a macro ring flash but ended up building another ring light instead.
When you look at macro in the Sony system the absence of any attention to that segment is outstanding, no oem tube set, no oem rack plate, no oem bellows, no oem micro lenses, no oem +filters and no oem macro ring flash, also no firmware segment in camera that could be mistaken for attention to macro focus stacking, likewise with the software.
One could also not accuse Sony of making much of an attempt to understand studio either, apart from the new hotshoe, but then that was primarily aimed at accommodating video accessories, any other attributes are probably accidental.
When it comes to lenses I’m sort of at a loss to figure out if there is any kind of system planning or not, there are some important gaps still to be filled but Sony keeps bringing out new DT lenses covering different parts of the zoom range instead, (and SAM’s, some of which are very good for the price, but why did the screw drive system need SAM’s anyway?) and really where are the f4 lenses, is the 500/4 it? Surely it’s past time to have a look at that and maybe even a shift lens or two. I would guess Sony won’t try to compete with Sigma in the ultra wide zoom range; their price would be twice that of Sigma for the same thing, going on past experience.