Are Full Frame SLRs Obsolete?

Started Jan 4, 2014 | Discussions thread
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mermaidkiller Regular Member • Posts: 443
Re: Are Full Frame SLRs Obsolete?

Well, I don't think so. Yes it is already weird that the *shape* of a FF body has changed little since the launch of the Nikon F in 1959. Pentaprism, mirror box, even the mode dial (Av, Tv, B, etc.) has long been the same for most models.

But I guess that in the near future a Fullframe ILC and even compact will arrive (btw, Leica M9 is already a compact FF).

Heavy lenses (particularly long telephoto ones) which must be lugged around, are mostly heavy due to the amount of glass in it. E.g. a 400 / 2.8L contains more kilos of glass. Possibly nicer optics design (from the shorttube apochromatic refractor telescopes) will decrease weight. Telescopes of 100mm or more aperture f/5 (so 500+mm f/5 telephoto) with only three elements (TMB, Takahashi, Televue) have the same quality as 12 or more elements supertele L lenses and don't cost more, mostly less.

And when I don't want to carry my bulky SLR ? I have a cute little camera Powershot S100 which takes nice pictures and (HD) videos. Size of a smartphone but image quality is much better.

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