Sony’s A-mount – or, to be more precise, what was originally Minolta’s A-mount – ultimately appears to have been killed. As spotted by Sony Alpha Rumors, Sony removed all of its DSLR and A-mount DSLR cameras from its product database on the Sony site. Retailers around the world are also now listing Sony A-Mount cameras as “no longer available.”
This is not an entirely unexpected turn of events, however. Sony has gone all out in its line of E-mounts, and now that they’ve released a true flagship mirrorless camera with the Sony A1, their range is pretty much complete and there is really no need to hang on to those old legacy products.
The A mount was first released in 1985 to replace Minolta’s SR mount released in 1958 and absorbed into the Sony collective when it acquired Minolta in 2006. But it’s been a few years since we’ve heard from it. talk about the Sony A -Sony editing system since the A68 was announced in 2015 and then released in 2016.
It’s unclear how long the A-mount cameras have been missing from Sony’s website, but that was before April 28, 2021 according to the oldest mirror on the page on the The Internet Archive Wayback Machine. The Wikipedia page for Sony A-mount cameras, however, lists the last three remaining A-mount cameras – the A99 II, A77 II, and A68 – as all discontinued by mid-2020.
As is often the case, no source is cited for the suggested shutdown dates and we don’t know if that was when the cameras were taken off the list on the Sony website. . But B&H had the Sony A99 II listed as “Others are in preparation“In May 2020 and” Out of stock ” in November 2020. Today, B&H shows the camera as “Not available“.
Like I said, it makes sense. I expect the one thing that kept Sony from killing off the A-mount line earlier was the lack of a flagship camera in their mirrorless line. The A99 II was, until very recently, essentially Sony’s flagship body. The Sony A1 Now occupies this place in the range and the A99 II is therefore quite redundant. Well, more than it already was.
A sad but inevitable end to the Minolta legacy. At least as far as the cameras are concerned. Sony still lists a number of A-mount lenses as currently available models on their website, but how long these will stay is unknown. It’s only a matter of time before these go away too.
[via Sony Alpha Rumors]