1) It seems to be more interested in releasing bodies than lenses.
- There are a lot of bodies released- about as often as Nikon releases D3000, 3100, 5000, etc, and about as often as canon releases a rebel. The high-end aps-c and FF bodies each had 4 year cycles. Just like canon and Nikon. So I don't see your point. Even if you had one... whats wrong with updated bodies? I'm not one of those guys that suddenly thinks my camera is obsolete because a new model is released. I just think it offers more options to those starting out their system or looking for backups/upgrades. Whats wrong with that?
As for lenses- the Sony/Minolta system covers just about every practical need. We can get a tilt-shift from schneider if we please. The only lenses lacking in the Sony system are exotic telephoto primes, but you aren't really interested in actually owning these lenses are you? I own more lenses for my Sony then most of my professional partners do for their Nikons and Canons. They just like being able to SAY that they have more options... options that they won't use.
I am perfectly happy throwing away a 1/3 stop (not 1/2 stop) of light for the focusing system. Because the focusing system helps me make images, and a miniscule, lets seriously admit- MINISCULE difference in noise performance, means NOTHING in real-world performance. I am a Sony professional shooting commercial fashion, portraiture, product, as well as weddings and high-end events, and if the noise-performance of my A850 has been adequate for my clients thus far, I'm sure the A99 with its light-robbing mirror will fare just fine. Its IQ is indistinguishable from the D600 unless you are interested in images of test diagrams and charts (really now?)
The D600? you are really going to compare a weather-sealed 6fps professional FF body to a Nikon plastic D600 with an inferior VF, inferior AF, 1/4000 max shutter speed, and not even a PC sync? Please.
I for one am looking forward to upgrading to the A99- I'm sure it will enable me to capture great images- and I'm sure I will take many clients from my competition all shooting canon and Nikon (: I'm just tired of this snobbery from canikon users. www.frankwithersphoto.com