In Defense of the DSLR

Started Sep 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
Dennis
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Re: Just die already DSLRs
In reply to walkaround, Sep 24, 2013

walkaround wrote:

Dennis wrote:

  • Those companies will eventually introduce mirrorless cameras for their SLR lens mounts, providing the technical benefits of mirrorless (minus the size benefits of the reduced registration distance lens mount)

Canon already tried this with an EF adapter for the EOS-M. Nobody other than forum basement trolls are using EF glass on the M.

NEX and m43 both offer it, too, along with Nikon 1, with varying degrees of success.  I'm thinking more along the lines of a mirrorless F-mount, for instance ... sort of like Sony's SLTs minus the mirror (PDAF-on-sensor).  Whether they'll replace the DSLR throughout the line is anyone's guess, but they'll come.  (Pentax K-01 is another example, but a total kludge with CDAF and no VF, not to mention butt-ugly design).

  • The size benefits of the reduced registration distance lens mount aren't all that significant unless you step down in sensor size and accept the compromises of doing that

You might not be aware, but Leica and other companies have been making small full frame lenses for 80 years or so. The size savings is "significant" when you don't have to worry about a flipping mirror.

Or autofocus or image stabilization or telephotos.

- Dennis

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