Originally Posted by DonSchap
Ok...so now that I've answered your salient question...now what ? Why was it even salient ?
Ok, so...How is this relevant to anything ?
does not make sense to feel that flash triggering would be the deciding factor in camera technology. Minolta took that stance, back in 1996, and made major changes to their own flash systems, divorcing themselves from the former ISO to the proprietary hot shoe. That move caused all sorts of hate and discontent in the Midwest USA sales region. Do not get me wrong, the advanced flash system was a definite improvement, but it is like turning a huge freighter ship on a dime... the natural forces really do not like massive changes in direction.
Now, i assume you are talking ttl here. Cos that's the only issue. I can use any brand of flash I wanted as a remote flash with cybersyncs used in manual mode. Manual IS the standard. If you are talking about one proprietary for all TTL flash...why would any manufacturer agree to this ? I don't understand the thought process you're using. What they're essentially forgoing is the margins made from selling you accessories and continue to make money off you. What about standard batteries then ? Standard chargers ? standard mounts as has already been proposed. Why on earth would they want to compromise that ? lol it just doesn't make any sense and its also a bit of a who cares moment. It's just not that big a deal.
Anyway, I am looking to see consolidation to a flash standard we all can live with, happily playing with each manufacturer's lighting stuff... and still maintaining the character of our respective equipment. The disparity, especially for SONY users, is just too much for the third-party to acquire enough revenue to justify a separate SONY solution.
It wouldn't make one iota of difference whatsoever to my photographic prowess all all if all lighting devices were available to me. And I don't mean that metaphorically, I mean that literally...it wouldn't make ANY difference. Not even a 1% difference. Not even a 0.000000005% difference. Zero. Zip. Zilch.
Imagine the improvement in your photographic prowess if ALL lighting devices were available to you, no matter who made it. An adopted, in-the-camera RF-standard can provide that. :cool:
Global economy has nothing to do with generic standardization across multiple manufacturers. Zero. Zip. Zilch.
It a global economy... that is all they harp on.... and some aspects of photography should work generically. If you are going to talk the talk, then walk the walk.