In an interview with Purple Dot Discussion board at Photokina, Leica head {of professional} merchandise Stephen Schultz described how the all-new L Mount was constructed particularly for full body, not like the Sony E Mount. 

Leica created the L Mount and partnered with Panasonic and Sigma to create a broader system. Although Leica initially known as this mount the TL mount with the launch of the crop physique Leica TL in 2014, Schultz defined to David Farkas of Purple Dot Discussion board that mount was all the time designed with full body capabilities in thoughts:

The L mount was developed as a way to have all sort of autofocus optics for full body with ample diameter and on the opposite aspect, as a way to notice to compact lenses for APS as properly. It was not developed for APS.

Leica (with the crop physique TL) and Sony (with the NEX-Three and NEX-5) each dripped their toes within the autofocus mirrorless digital digital camera market with a crop physique. However Schultz stated he believes Sony’s growth of the E-mount for the NEX line was with out the eventual full body digital camera in thoughts. “That’s an enormous distinction with the L mount versus the Sony E mount. They began the mount with the NEX, which was APS. However, we assume that Sony wasn’t targeted on full body at the moment as a result of mount diameter. The Leica L-mount is way greater, which supplies us extra flexibility,” he stated. 

Schultz is completely proper in regards to the diameter. Sony’s E mount has extra in widespread with the Fuji X mount and Canon M mount, each designed for crop sensors. As you possibly can see from this desk, the E mount is nearer in dimension to the devoted crop mirrorless lens mounts from Canon and Fuji. 

Schultz’ perception that the E mount by Sony was created to be a crop physique line makes a variety of sense if you take a look at the hassle Sony was placing into their Alpha-series cameras on the time and the way the lens diameter dimension strains up with different crop-specific mirrorless our bodies. 

Sony has clearly been on the chopping fringe of the complete body mirrorless digital camera motion. However will their dedication to a mount dimension that will have been created solely for crop sensors hinder them now that Canon, Nikon, Leica, Panasonic, and Sigma have thrown their hats within the ring? Solely time will inform. 

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