Are Full Frame SLRs Obsolete?

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Re: Are Full Frame SLRs Obsolete?
In reply to Colin Smith1, 11 months ago

Colin Smith1 wrote:

Writers on the Luminous Landscape http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/full_frame_myth.shtml have stated their belief that the age of full frame DSLRs is coming to an end for basically two reasons. One, 16 meg micro 4/3s sensors have gotten very good in quality and noise reduction that they can now be printed to 16x20 (so why would anyone want the bulkier or heavier full frame DSLR ?) Second because the of the Sony mirror less full frame with excellent EVF.

I know I still value the low light, high ISO of my Canon full frames and the high quality of the lenses, not to mention the obvious advantages of an optical viewfinder in low light or fast movement.. As a wildlife photographer nothing offered to date can match the tracking AF of my 5D III, certainly not the OM E1 or the Sony.

On the other hand I wonder if I will always feel that way? At the age of 67 traveling around the world as I do with heavy gear is becoming more of a burden. If I ever do switch to a mirror less camera system, someone is going to have to make some good fixed focal length telephotos. As for now, I assume the excellent quality of my photos would be hard to give up.

Anyone think that the day is coming when even pros and advanced amateurs will be satisfied with a smaller, lighter mirror less system.

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Colin Smith

Like this has not already been beat to death.

First, you are talking about 2 different things, sensor size and whether there is a mirror.

A sensor 4 times the area is going to have better low light performance or be able to add more MP which would be advantageous for cropping or printing even larger. The smaller sensor is also not going to be able to show smaller DOF, render the bokeh the same way given the same lens specs. Some of us had to wait a long time for an actual 35mm sized sensor and I seriously doubt this is going to go away.

Currently mirror less are slower and drain the battery. The speed will improve over time and so will battery performance. Likely this will be the way of the future. But, switching to mirror less on a full frame sensor is not going to save you very much weight/size as the lenses (even with redesign) will be about the same size/weight.

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