September 3 2015 - Photo Jottings

September 3 2015

9/3/15, revised 4/16

Tamron introduces new full frame primes (also) for Sony ‘A’ mount.

Tamron tries to help Sony resurrect their ‘A’ mount camera business by including a Sony mount alongside the far more important Canon/Nikon versions. New lenses include a 35mm F/1.8, and 45mm F/1.8.  I can see the usefulness of the 35mm, but the 45mm is too close to 35mm, (or vice versa I suppose).  I’m guessing they will be pretty good lenses at a good price, looks like around $600 each.  Sony’s world is the FE system right now, and though you can use the new lenses with an adapter on an FE camera, why on earth would you cripple your camera with a lens that’s not made for it?

In all honesty, it’s hard for me to recommend any more ‘A’ mount stuff as I don’t think Sony is going to keep it alive in any real fashion. I no longer use ‘A’ mount products.  I’m sure they’ll come out with another camera or two, then quietly pull the plug on the system altogether.
It’s been over three years since a new Sony ‘A’ lens was produced, which was the 50/1.4 Zeiss, along with newer versions of old lenses.  The ‘A’ mount ship is dead in the water.  Almost half of their lenses for that mount are re-badged Minolta lenses from the 1980s and 90s. Time to jump ship and board the ‘E’ mount!
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