"I am selling my Nikon gear"

Started Nov 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
57even
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Re: Horses for courses ...
In reply to bigpigbig, Nov 13, 2013

bigpigbig wrote:

57even wrote:

bigpigbig wrote:

I think you and I have similar thoughts on this. I too hope that one day the Fuji X system can replace my heavy DSLR.

As far as image quality goes, it is there already.

But...

Two things I am not sure CAN / WILL ever happen (I REALLY hope I am wrong)

1) Mirrorless AF can not match the speed a dedicated AF sensor separate from the imaging sensor. Seems like a physical limitation.

Not at all. How its implemented is mainly an issue of lens mechanics and processing speed. With PDAF on the sensor, it's likely to match or exceed SLRs in both accuracy and speed.

I mis-wrote. I meant to say tracking during AF-C shooting will never be as fast.

Sure it will, in time. Not a theoretical problem, in fact when they manage to implement a global shutter (all electronic, no curtain) you should be able to get a continuous live feed as well (like a video camera).

The way I understand it, the DSLR has two sensors, one for image capture and one for focusing. The mirroless camera can not focus while capturing an image, the DSLR can not focus while the mirror is up. But, the mirror returns faster than the mirrorless camera can switch from capture for focus.

The switch is instant - the issue is readout speed. Thats a design and performance issue, but being entirely electronic, the sky is the limit. Its already possible to get MUCH faster burst rates on CSC cameras at low res, and even quite high ones on higher res sensors. Check out the Nikon V2.

I could be wrong. I hope I am.

The SLR will look like a steam engine within 3-4 years. Panasonic, Samsung and Fuji are not part of the cartel that share the licensing rights to SLRs, so they have a vested interest it outmoding it as soon as they can.

Sony have thrown their hat in the ring too, leaving only Canon, Nikon and Pentax wedded to the flappy mirror thing. When you have two electronics giants up against an office machine company and an optical company, I would bet on the electronics giants to prevail.

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