You did well to track down that 4 month old Walt post Barry. Walt even went as far as joining the Sony blog for a while but he gave that away as bad joke mainly I think for the reason I suspected that it would be a waste of time doing, the people on the Sony side of the equation, they aren’t involved in or connected with design or system direction, their job is to promote what’s given to them and their best interest is served by not rocking the boat. They are just incapable of answering questions of a technical nature or providing any insight of the kind we require, but that’s the customer interface that Sony provides and we are stuck with it for better or worse. It’s probably one of the most important reasons why they try to keep such a large proportion of the ‘system’ that Sony does provide at a level they think is applicable to most of the participants involved on both sides of the fence, a kind of self fulfilling prophecy if you like.
The few that want a better system or who know that it is possible to have a better ‘photographic’ orientated system will probably be regarded as acceptable losses should they become restless because I don’t think Sony is really trying to appeal to the sophisticated photographer type even though they could if they wanted too with a segment of the system devoted to those kinds of pursuits, macro, micro, astrophotography and studio for example, they do seem to have made great advances for those doing bif so all is not lost, it all depends on how long one has left to live I guess.
It would be good one day for Sony to tell us exactly why they didn’t bring the complete macro flash system across from Konica Minolta, they even took away the socket on the controller for the ring flash, they could have at least left that there even if they wanted to flog some dopey led ring light of their own instead of offering the flash. It seems that’s the only answer that makes any kind of limited sense, Sony actually thought that a ring light was/is a full and adequate replacement for a ring flash…and they still do after all this time, after how many threads and posts on the subject they bring us yet another ring light? The mind doth boggle.