Hogan's Photokina: DX/APS-C sure looks forelorn.

Started Sep 22, 2012 | Discussions thread
Dennis Forum Pro • Posts: 17,697
Re: APS-C going ML is my view

rhlpetrus wrote:

I think APS-C is going ML soon.

That's incomplete. What happens to those millions of DX lenses out there ? Does going mirrorless necessarily mean abandoning DSLRs ? Sony has gone mirrorless on APS-C, but to date and for the foreseeable future, is still selling Alpha mount cameras. And is it possible/likely that down the road, a company's entire APS-C lineup will consist of mirrorless bodies, but in various styles (from the compact NEX style to the beefy GH3 style) with AF systems and accessories on the latter intended for use with adapted DSLR lenses ?

Mirrorless offers a handful of advantages related to the technology:

  • reduced registration distance allows for bodies and some lenses to be compact

  • full time live view (a disadvantage to those who want TTL OVF but never mind that)

  • no mirror-induced vibration

  • potentially fewer AF accuracy problems due to sensor alignment issues

The first comes with disadvantages and the others can be realized in cameras designed for existing SLR lens mounts.

It's hard to see Canon or Nikon going all mirrorless, unless it's with cameras designed to look, act & feel like DSLRs.

Of course, on the flipside, as sensor photosite densities increase, costs drop (that's not happening that fast) and processing power increases, an argument can be made for enthusiast APS-C users being satisfied by future FF bodies used in crop mode. They'd have to be smaller, cheaper, faster and higher res than the D600 ... a tall order ... but things change.

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