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Sony opens up NEX mount to third parties

Just moments after two German lens makers entered the Micro Four Thirds consortium, Sony has announced that it will open up the "basic specifications" for its E-mount.

Just moments after two German lens makers entered the Micro Four Thirds consortium, an interchangeable-lens camera (ILC) standard used in Panasonic and Olympus cameras, Sony has announced that it will open up the "basic specifications" for its E-mount.

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The E-mount is used in the company's NEX range of cameras and camcorders and is a completely different mount to that used by the Micro Four Thirds system. Sony has said it will open up the specifications without a fee, which means other manufacturers can make lenses and accessories for the system.

It's a big move from the company, given the competitive nature of the ILC market and that Sony currently only has three E-mount system bodies on the market. The other major ILC camera maker, Samsung, has a range of third-party lenses available for use.

Manufacturers which have received the basic specifications include Carl Zeiss, Cosina, Sigma and Tamron.