I'm with you on preferring OVFs, and not liking any EVFs so far. I'm willing to stay open-minded enough to say that I'll judge the future EVFs on how they actually work - maybe they'll do something unexpected - maybe a switchable optical/electronic function, maybe a hybrid like the Fuji X100, maybe some wholesale improvement in EVF technology...who knows. I'm also not going to completely jump to the conclusion that OVFs are dead for Sony's future - though it looks possible, and rumors lean that way, there has not been a final, definitive, nail-in-the-coffin statement saying Sony will never again produce an optical viewfinder camera.
Market differences are interesting - what you see in Australia and what some other parts of the world see are quite different. Sony is of course a very large presence in Asia and their cameras are routinely on the top 10 sellers lists. In Europe, Sony has a fairly solid foothold, though Canon and Nikon are the big obvious sellers - still, their market share is around 35% each plus-or-minus, with Sony around 10%, and other manufacturers making up the other 20% combined. Most estimates point to Sony having an upward trend at the moment with NEX and SLT sales taking decent bits of the market. Same goes for the US - all part of Sony's goal and prediction of moving up to 12-15% of the market. While they might eventually love to see themselves at #1, it isn't necessary to be the #1 or #2 manufacturer to be healthy, profitable, and successful. Look at how many automobile manufacturers there are making good products, and some smaller players are more healthy than larger players...Sony doesn't have to be #1 or #2 - they just have to be solid and profitable in this division and gain a solid foothold - stay a strong, healthy #3. Someday, maybe creep up closer to #2.
I agree with you to an extent, that eliminating OVFs altogether is a bad move right now. But it doesn't necessarily mean it will hurt their sales. Right now, they are adding new buyers quite quickly, many of whom have no experience with Sony, and moreover many with no experience with DSLRs or OVFs. Like it or not, OVFs are for those who already know about them from previous use, or those who get to sample them, learn with them, and see the advantages inherent in this type of shooting. Those who already know are an aging and shrinking class, and those who have tried or experimented with them from the younger incoming groups is vestigial - we are in an age of LCD screens - most people under 30 spend half of their lives looking at an electronic image - between TV, computer screens, smart phones, iPods, and iPads. If they don't know what they're missing, they're not going to miss it. It's easy to see the divide - go on another camera forum with a Sony DSLR page, and take a look at the style of argument/debate that many of the younger users employ when the discussion of EVF vs OVF comes up. OVF users hope both formats remain so people can pick their preferences...but many EVF users want OVFs banned and eliminated because OVF users are stupid dinosaurs (paraphrasing, but that's the general feel you get from their argument). There's no reason with these people - they like something, then the whole world should like it too. They don't smoke - BAN IT! They don't eat fatty foods - BAN IT! They don't use desktop computers - BAN THEM! They don't use OVFs - BAN THEM! They don't like manual transmissions - BAN THEM! It's a very selfish, all-for-me, I'm-the-reality-star, Facebook MyTube Myspace world with these young folks - Sony may be hurting some of the dinosaurs, but since they clearly see Canon and Nikon having the majority of those dinosaur users already, they seem to be leaning towards catering to the new self-involved, self-important, LCD-hypnotized youth classes.
Again, I remain hopeful that Sony sees a reason to keep making an alternate path for those dwindling classes of folks like us who like OVFs, and know that EVFs currently cannot replace them functionally for certain types of shooting. We'll see what comes in the future.
Sony DSLR-A580 / Sony 18-250mm / Minolta 50mm F1.7 / Sigma 30mm F1.4 / Tamron 10-24mm / Tamron 150-600mm / Tamron 90mm F2.8 macro / Minolta 300mm F4 APO
Sony A6000 / 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 / 55-210mm F4-6.3 / 10-18mm F4 / 35mm F1.8 / 16mm F2.8 / via manual adapter, lots of Pentax K mount, Konica K/AR mount, and Leica M mount manual lenses