Pentax doesn't pay the freight for third party
Originally Posted by Riley
I'm not privy to the boardroom, but I do know that if you are making "third-party" lenses, you do try to spread them out among as many of the major camera manufacturers as possible, to make that business profitable. I know I'm interested in their glass, but I'm not going to a Pentax-system ... just to make use of it. :(
You usually commit to one camera manufacturer. My division between two systems (Canon and SONY/Minolta) is an abberation and was made during a time where the choices were kind of tight. That, happily, is no longer the case.
Tokina has been "third-party" and carried the Minolta-mount for many years. I can understand some bad feeling, because Minolta bit the dust ... but it has been resurrected in the SONY A100, so it was a momentary sag and the mount remains unchanged ... except for the extra three control contacts.
Wow ... they are still duking it out
You know ... the only people suffering are the customers, Tokina. I'm not sure why there isn't a licensing agreement between you & SONY, but how about changing that?
Psst: Just in case they are reading this ...
I have taken the liberty of writing an e-mail, once again, asking for an official corporate response to this question. I would like them to know that there is some interest in this effort. It may only be me that I know of, at the moment, but believe me, I'm interested. :D