Wow, that's shocking news indeed! Another blow to the virtues of competition and choice...
That's quite a pity - I think they had a pretty good thing going with the Anti-shake. Perhaps they didn't promote or push it hard enough. I mean to get VR/IS equivalent on every single lens in your arsenal sounds pretty attractive to me...
Yes, bad news indeed, but Sony have apparently been desparate to get a foothold in he DSLR market. Still not sure how successful this will be though as I'm sur a lot of those who want DSLRs would never buy one with a Sony badge (like the rebadged Samsungs ..... the cameras will be fine,but the names have no credibility in that market). Marketing power and aggressive pricing, however, may change all that.
As to the IS on all lenses: that's something I'd love. As you know, the original patents on all forms of IS belong to Pentax and we Pentaxians are hoping for some kind of IS on the replacement for the D, though that may not come until autumn.....If the same thing doesn't happen to them that happened to Minolta. Minolta originally signed up to collaborate with Sony and have been swallowed up by them very rapidly.Pentax is currently collaborating with Samsung and at the moment all current Pentax DSLR bodies are available as Samsungs. There's nothing that's exclusively Pentax....Must admit I'm a bit worried about this.
We could well end up with only two traditional camera manufacturers left: Nikon and Canon, with the rest of the market split between Sony and Samsung.:o
Pentax... lenses? I suppose even though the cameras have been rebadged as Samsungs, the design still comes from the Pentax stable. But I agree - I hope they remain a player in the market.
Actually the more I think about it, the more I'm saddened by the loss of Konica Minolta. I consider them one of the true photographic companies (although they're into photocopiers and other commercial electronics, like Canon). The Sonys, Panasonics, Samsungs, even though they may make some good cameras - they're originally electronics who've just happened to move into this domain. Part of their R&D will have to be split between their other divisions making plasmas, toaster, microwaves and whatever else. I think for companies such as Nikon, Pentax, Olympus and Canon (well mostly), their entire business and reputation is built on cameras and photographics, and as such would be more inclined to push the envelope, innovate and forge ahead. Other electronics companies would rather play the me too game and service the consumer mummy and daddy point and shoot market.
I wonder when Canon and Nikon will merge.... perhaps a sign of world peace? haha
I also wonder what new things the new-sony-company will release, hopefully something good!
Well the latest from the rumour mill regarding Penax-Samsung is that they are releasing two new bodies under the Pentax name. A 6MP based on the *ist series, but with AS, and a "more serious" body with 10MP and AS. The undisclosed source claims to also know the pricing for these (though he hasn't revealed it). If that's true we should expect announcements at PMA. If nothing's announced then I'd assume these are nothing more than guesswork/pipedreams and will continue my plans to switch brands.
Oh and regarding Sony? Rumour has it that they're aiming squarely at the low-end consumer level.