When Sony bought out (Konica) Minolta's photographic division a lot of people (myself included) worried it might mean no more real pro models - and thus no more aspirational kit - leading to a gradual dumbing down of a once-great system.
I'm glad to see it's clearly not happening the way we feared. With any luck this is the first step on the road to a gradual breakup of the Canon/Nikon duopoly of recent years. The return of real competition and innovation in the high end can only be a good thing. With any luck it'll also make snooty CaNikon fans sit up and take notice instead of wasting their time trading insults in photographic forums, but I'm not holding my breath just yet.