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05-30-2010, 03:43 AM   #1
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Less known brands

Im very surprised by the lack of smaller third party brands. I understand that producing a DSLR requires big R&D money and resources. But why there are so few accessory manufacturers, that produce fully featured products.

Is the new flash technology so much complicated and hidden or DA lens interface too different from A/F/FA. Cosina, Vivitar, Sunpak and others, all were capable of producing decent gear, that supported good TTL, metering and other features, for a price that didn't made you sell a kidney.

Today one can buy micro-controller that is as capable as some of earlier game consoles for less than a cup of copy.
Still, currently other than Pentax/Sigma/Tamron/Tokina/Metz who cost premium, there are only few manufacturers, that offer completely manual and outdated stuff. Most of it being ripoff of some already known flashes and optical formulas, in new package.

Where is the problem? Patents? No one willing to think a little harder? Lack of interface information? Distributors not willing to offer smaller brands?

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163 views and some odd silence...
So, noones making advanced third party stuff, noones selling it or its to rare and few to be seen?
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163 views and some odd silence...
So, noones making advanced third party stuff, noones selling it or its to rare and few to be seen?
The reason that you have not gotten any replies is that this forums is intended to ask the guy from B & H Photo questions. I'm sure that he has the weekend off. This forum is not intended for general discussion between forum members. There are many other forums for that.
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I understand. I was hoping they might know better, since they have to deal with a lot of manufacturers.

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