SonyAlphaForum spotted the US patent 8866965 which discloses a mechanism to changes the flange distance between the mount and the sensor of a camera. It’s basically the Z-shift solution we wrote about last year. This could bring two advantages:
1) Adjust the flange distance depending of the lens
2) You can focus by changing the flange distance rather than focus with the lens. For example you could autofocus with manual Leica lenses.
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Still not sure if such a camera is really coming one day…
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