D800 - a dying species

Started Feb 9, 2012 | Discussions thread
tko Forum Pro • Posts: 12,639

Every year I take more gear. More lenses, bigger bodies. More is better. Better performance, better shots. I want my photography to get better, and it is.

If you can't carry a normal kit you have my sympathy, truly. I know it's hard for some people. But I carried photo gear all day long for a month in China, it was fun.

I like to travel light, so 15 lbs of camera gear, 15 lbs of clothing. Like the Nikon commercial. Next year I'm going back with two bodies.

But I can see from your post that you don't understand the physics behind larger cameras. They don't build tiny telescopes because there is no substitute for glass. It's theoretically impossible to makes ISO 50 equal to ISO 200, let along ISO 12,800. That's just a foolish dream. Not difficult, impossible, because of the quantum nature of light. If it were possible they would have made the Hubble a lot smaller.

Likewise, it isn't possible to make a F2.8 21-200. Nice dream, but lenses haven't really gotten that better, because you're limited by optics and materials. Just the nature of the game. What do you think is going to change to allow them to make this wonder?

So, enough of the Jetsons "we'll all be using robots to clean our house and flying to work" crap. It ain't going to happen.

What you will get is smaller cameras that offer less performance. Perfectly fine for the people who need them. You'll get better PDF, some innovative features. Improved EVF for general use. Better than dSLR in selected areas. For many people, a dSLR will be overkill, just like for many people, 4/3rd is overkill.

But ultimately performance is determined by the size of your lens, not the size of your camera. A tiny camera and a big lens won't be small, and a tiny camera and a tiny lens will offer tiny performance. There is no getting around the rules of physics.

So I kind of see you as a well meaning Walt Disney, standing on his podium, telling us about tomorrowland. You know, it wasn't a bit like he thought.

Yup, I've got my full kit on the raft.

The camera of the future is full frame, mirrorless, uses live view instead of a viewfinder, has an articulated screen, is very very small, highly portabgle and discrete, as an ISO of 12 800 equivalent to ISO 50 in terms of noise.

It may possibly have a 2.8 21-200 zoom (or whatever) that perfectly matches its 30-35 MP sensor.

Big, heavy through the lens cameras are inherited from the film days. Remember, it was first rangefinders, then oh god, with SLR, we could actually see what the lens saw. Ladies and gentlemen, we will soon be beyond that with mirrorless cameras.

I'll tell ya: I'm on the last day of my Thailand trip, and I've had it with bulky bodies and constant lens changes.

What would Cartier-Bresson and Doisneau shoot with today?

You guessed it: a good point & shoot.

Of the 4,000 pics of street photography I just took, it'll be interesting to see how many are misfocussed and/or misexposed despite using a 5DII with 35L and 85 1.8.

All this to say that Nikon may be showing prowess, but it ain't innovative at all.

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