I have a drawer with some Leica R and M lenses and I would like to find some kind of a camera to mount them on while waiting for Leica (maybe partnering with someone else for that matter) to hopefully some day release an affordable digital R or M camera. If that day will ever come.
At some point I'll probably pick up a Micro Four Thirds camera for these lenses, just for fun and while waiting for something better. But the thought of only using ~ 25 % of the image circle seems a tad too modest to me in the long run. That's why I hope for an EVIL type camera with a somewhat larger sensor e.g. crop factor 1.5 or 1.3 (ASP-C or ASP-H).
Do you think we will see an EVIL Micro ASP-C or ASP-H system in a not too distant future ?
Panasonic has shown the industry what is actually possible with this concept (technically and pricewise) and there still seems to be an free niche for an innovative company to be the first to expand the concept to larger sensors.
I imagine such a camera would be the ideal adapter platform for nearly every thinkable old manual focus small format lens on this earth.
Now who would want to make such a non-dedicated multi-mount adapter-friendly machine ? Most of the manufacturers have their own specific interchangeable lens mount to protect and earn their serious money from. So I expect those companies wouldn't have the slightest interest in such a project stirring the market.
But there are also companies who either don't have their own dedicated camera for their own lens line-up(s), or don't make their own lenses for some of their interchangeable lens cameras.
Might Epson+Cosina be interested in making a new attempt after the somewhat failed R-D1 that apparently did'nt sell all that well probably because of the high price/specification ratio, especially the rather expensive rangefinder technology ? Actually just referring internet gossip here, I'm not a knowledgeable technician and I haven't got a clue about it.
The Fuji folks are used to make DSLR's for another company's lens mount and are probably making at least some money out of that. I guess they could easily make an EVIL camera with their in-house technical expertise.
The Zeiss folks make manual focus lenses for a broad range of other companies' lens mounts, but they (Zeiss) don't have a digital interchangeable lens camera of their own. An adapter based camera with a new innovative high precision manual focus system might increase sales of all these lenses. Zeiss could partner with Sony, nah probably not interested, but how about Samsung ?
Pentax could use a market share boost taking up a new technology instead of the tough DSLR competition.
Have the Panasonic folks gotten hungry after their G1 success ?
Hey, I nearly forgot Casio. Of course, there we are
Come on companies, this inspration is free.
Pure speculation, still a bit funny to think about. I think.