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Steve Spencer wrote:
Basically, there are tons of options for Sony A-mount. Maybe not quite as many as Canon, but still lots of choice. Personally my main concern would be lack of tilt/shift options, but that is not a not-too-$$ issue.
Don't forget about the Mirex adapter. Here's their website (in German). It lets you use either Mamiya 645 lenses or Hasselblad 6x6 lenses on the alpha lens mount. I have one and am quite happy with it. It's painfully expensive, $600-700 USD, plus requires communication with a German firm whose specialty is engineering and machining rather than customer service, but it works quite well. The nice thing about the adapter, and what makes the price a lot more forgivable, is that once you have it, you can use it to adapt multiple focal lengths into tilting and shifting. Manual focus Mamiya 645 glass is pretty cheap these days, too, so you could potentially get four T/S focal lengths for ~$1550: $700 adapter, $400 for a 35/3.5, $200 for a 55/2.8, $100 for an 80/2.8, and $150 for a 150/3.5 lens. Yes, that's still a chunk of money, but it's a lot of flexibility. Considering the price of one or two Canon or Nikon T/S lenses, even used, I think it's a good value.
I think I remember sonyalpharumors announcing that Samyang was planning on making a T/S 24mm for the alpha mount. I don't know if it's been released yet.