What’s the difference between a roadmap and a lens lineup? About 2 years, I reckon!

L-Mount cameras and lenses
Lens roadmaps can give you confidence that a format has a future, but they don't solve your problems today. (Image credit: L-Mount Alliance)

I think we're all a bit fed up with camera makers launching a new camera which will only be able to do all it promises at some point in the future when a firmware update arrives.

But it's just as annoying when makers publish a lens roadmap of all the optics you're going to be able to buy at some point in the future. I mean it's good that we know what's coming, but it does feel like the same thing – selling a system based on what it's going to be able to do in the future, not what it can do now.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com