08-24-2018, 12:54 PM
(08-24-2018, 11:32 AM)Klaus Wrote: If I had to guess I'd say that we are going to see a low-budget-priced Alpha 5 very soon.
Sony has been enjoying a high-margin situation for long and with the slow death of their APS-C lineup they could start the high volume game in the FF segment - hurting all newcomers.
(Note: Sony is not my preferred system at the moment)
They don't need to make a lower priced body: you can get a Sony A7 for $800 on BHPhoto, $1000 with a lens, or a A7II for $1100 (with IBIS). This is how Sony seems to be working at the moment, with the A7 and the A6000, and I expect the rest of the industry to follow suite eventually: last year's mid-range camera is this year's entry-level camera. It makes sense in the digital camera paradigm (bodies are disposable) and it also helps control the over-production problems.
What would you cut to make an A5 anyway? The viewfinder? The IBIS? It would still cost more and be less interesting than a first generation A7.
That said, I simply have no confidence in Sony's ability to make great lenses, and the size of the FF lenses make no sense on a mirrorless body IMHO. I'll be sticking with Fuji for now.