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04-14-2014, 07:32 PM   #16
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Nikon does the same thing with things other than the aperture lever.

They all seem to try to make their mount very proprietary. Pentax and u4/3 make an effort to keep their mounts open and backwards compatible.

Historically the formats open to other manufacturers (VHS, Windows) become standard and the proprietary become either obsolete or niches (Betamax, Mac OS). Hopefully that'll happen to cameras as well

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QuoteOriginally posted by ChristianRock Quote
Historically the formats open to other manufacturers (VHS, Windows) become standard and the proprietary become either obsolete or niches (Betamax, Mac OS). Hopefully that'll happen to cameras as well
And in all cases, the technically superior solution is never the "winner" - it's always the one(s) with the heaviest marketing. Beta is technically superior to VHS, MacOS is to Windows, ad infinitum. Nothing to do with openness or merit or anything other than marketing, sad to say. Sheeple buy what they see the most ads for, what they see their nextdoor neighbor buying. How many times has Microsoft screwed over its customer base, yet it still has the market share?
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But one can argue that the open format e.g. Windows, while it might not be more technically advanced, serves the user base better because there are a lot more options to choose from?
But let's not try to turn this into a Mac vs MS argument… I think you get the point I was trying to make. The Pentax K-mount isn't the most technically advanced either - yet it allows for pretty much anything that a good photographer needs.
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And since Canon holds >50% of the photographic market and probably >70% of the HDSLR market, most accessories are made to be compatible with Canon cameras and lenses.

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