70D and 7Dmk2 is coming what to expect?

Started Feb 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
carlk
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Re: Huge conflict of interest.
In reply to Wyville, Mar 5, 2013

Wyville wrote:

carlk wrote:

Mirrorless is the way of the future for high end photography except for a few pros with real special needs. Smart phone camera will take over the low to mid-level market. This may not happen right away but it will happen in 5~10 years if not sooner. In the mean time Canon and Nikon will try to sell as many dslr as possible, just like HP and Dell will try to sell as many laptops as possible, when this is the only thing they are good at. This is another reason a smart consumer should look at the big picture instead of stick with only one brand he/she is familiar with.

I don't think it's that bad. DSLRs still have their strengths and I don't see the mirrorless market offering high performance cameras yet. The best so far might be something like the Olympus E-M5, but that one isn't capable of keeping up with a high end DSLR at speed, nor do I see an E-M5 attached to a long tele lens to be very comfortable to use.

That said, the biggest advantage of a DSLR is simply that it is a DSLR and allows you to see the scene through the lens. No matter how good an EVF is, I still prefer to see the actual scene through the lens.

So even though I love the mirrorless cameras and would certainly consider an E-M5 or Fuji E-X1 in the future, I don't see it as a substitution for my 7D and 100-400L. More like a compliment.

I look at this a little differently.  There are some issues mainly AF and VF that prevented mirrorless from matching dslr performance at the moment but these are all technical issues not physical limitations.  Things like high res and fast response EVF and imbedded AF, for example, can address these issues and make mirrorless as good as, if not better, than dslr when technology matures.

On the other hand the big mirror box in dslr presented a fundamental limitation in cost, packaging efficiency, shooting speed and IQ (yes IQ because of lens design restrictions) that can never be overcome.  Let's wait and see but I have stopped buying expensive dslr lenses for the last two or three years in anticipation that I might be shooting a totally different camera down the road.

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