Are Full Frame SLRs Obsolete?

Started Jan 4, 2014 | Discussions thread
Midwest Forum Pro • Posts: 18,112
Re: Are Full Frame SLRs Obsolete?

Dave Luttmann wrote:

Midwest wrote:

Colin Smith1 wrote:

Writers on the Luminous Landscape 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.

So since at least some of THEM don't need a FF DSLR, nobody does.

Since they consider an EVF as excellent, that means it's excellent for everyone. Nobody could possibly need, want or prefer an OVF.

Since they consider a larger, easier-handling camera with full body controls to be 'bulkier and heavier' then everyone else would naturally agree and want a small camera which puts size over handling.


I don't see any of that at all. I see some people say for them they don't see any difference. I've done a number of print comparisons for people and they couldn't see anything either. I think what really happens is that a lot of people blather on about a night and day different....but when presented with a print.....can't seem to see it. Depends on format of course. But for aps-c vs FF, it is pretty much non existant. Going down to m43 it can snow up in moderate print sizes.

I ran a comparison between a D700 and Pentax K-x. At 20x30, people could not see a difference in a landscape type photo. Here is a sample comoarison showing the difference at 20x30. I think it is safe to say there is no difference at all. A shot of the house down my street. Both cameras on tripod, base iso, prime lenses. Huge difference eh?

A decent bridge camera could shoot this same photo and it would look the same on my screen. Does that mean even m43 is unnecessary?

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