Are Full Frame SLRs Obsolete?

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Kabe Luna
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Re: Are Full Frame SLRs Obsolete?
In reply to Colin Smith1, 8 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

I can only speak for myself, but I prefer optical viewfinders, the image characteristics that accompany the pairing of larger formats and longer lenses, greater energy efficiency, flexibility and ergonomics suited to larger hands wrapped around larger camera bodies. I also know what, while one can squeeze a 20" print from 16 MP, detail rendering will always be better with a larger original. So, for me, full frame DSLRs are still the only real game in town.

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