Are Full Frame SLRs Obsolete?

Started 9 months ago | Discussions thread
Phil M Winder
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Re: History says no.
In reply to Midwest, 9 months ago

Midwest wrote:

mermaidkiller wrote:

Scott Larson wrote:

Forrest wrote:

Did medium and large format vanish when APS came out?

The popularity of medium and large format started dropping as 35mm film improved. I think it's a similar situation with smaller sensors vs. 35mm sensors.

Because 35mm format was brutally expensive when the APS-C cameras arrived and kept expensive until the D600 and 6D arrived. And that did not happen with 35mm vs. large format. Large format cameras (professional grade such as Hasselblad or Mamiya, not the cheap Agfa Clack or box cameras) remained brutally expensive.

And most consumers don't care. Snapshots are just enough so cams like Kodak Disk were very popular with even smaller frame size. Like the cellphone cams with the matchhead sized sensors now.

Back in the late 70's Minolta brought out a couple of 110-film SLR cameras. I had one, in fact I bought another a couple years ago to put in my curio case. But for the fancy reflex viewfinder and the decent lens in a tiny package, it produced a negative that was about the size of a pinky nail. The difference in camera size did not compensate for the difference in IQ.

I have fond memories of the Instamatic with 110, and those disposable flashcubes. It certainly did not replace my 35mm film SLR, but it was fun to use.  Another favorite during that time was the Minolta CLE, which was (and probably still is) one of the smallest and advanced 35mm film rangefinders.

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