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Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-05-2018, 04:17 PM  
So glad Pentax isn't making a mirrorless now!
Posted By ramseybuckeye
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I think that mirrorless and full frame both have a lot of mystique in the industry right now, some people need them and many think they need them. Sony led the charge and has the resources, distribution network, and marketing to stay on top. They have not been afraid to throw money at the e mount system, coming out with many lenses and cameras. I bought a used Sony a6000 (APS-C), not because of adapting lenses (which I read a lot about on this forum) but because of the super small size and fast auto focus. There are some very small lenses available, I have a 20 mm Sony lens that can be mounted on the camera and easily fit in my pocket. It's a very nice little camera that can come close to my Pentax cameras for image quality. It's not going to replace my Pentax cameras, more like a compliment. I also considered buying Fuji, another company coming out with lots of products and making their presence known. I don't think it is a surprise that Canon and Nikon are entering the market, they want to keep and grow market share. I don't think either has done well in the mirrorless market so far, in fact i think Nikon discontinued the Nikon 1 line, but I could be wrong. I think they could do well if they produce some affordable long telephotos, and pro long telephotos, their DSLRs own a lot of that market now, something Sony has not really capitalized on.

Panasonic would probably need a new mount, I sure don't think you could go full frame with a M4/3 mount, Olympus probably would have done it. Anyway, it did not seem to hurt Sony or Olympus to change mounts. Who knows about Fuji, the the way the jumped into Medium Format was surprising, and seemingly very successful, and their resources seem endless. I think if Pentax changed it's mount it would devastate the user base. But, keeping the K mount for DSLR and a new mount for mirrorless would not matter to new customers. I guess Sony may still support the A mount (barely), but Olympus, dropped the O mount, then dropped 4/3, and seem to be doing fine.

Sorry for this rambling post of unconnected thoughts, kind of watching the news while I was writing it.
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