D850 Replacement or end of the DSLR line for Nikon?

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ericbowles Senior Member • Posts: 1,605
Re: D850 Replacement or end of the DSLR line for Nikon?

PK24X36NOW wrote:

ericbowles wrote:

If you really see a high quality action camera in mirrorless with a fast readout, there is little reason to stay with a DSLR other than using AF-D lenses.

There's plenty of "reason." An OVF will always be "real time," and an EVF will never be "real time." DSLR battery life will always be better, and the less I have to worry about making sure the battery is charged, the better.

I've learned Always is not likely to be true.  The EVF time delay and any blackout is simply related to readout speed, and it's quite possible even today to deliver a fast readout for the EVF through dual pixel and line skipping readouts.  Try zooming your OVF to check focus, watch head position, or to check other details.

Battery life for DSLR cameras has tremendous variation, and the D850 battery life is nearly double the life of the same EN-EL15 battery in a D300.  The Z cameras have continued to improve battery life to the point where it's a non-issue if your camera is configured properly.

Not to mention that the EVF is an electronic part with a short path to obsolescence as the camera ages (as in, the new models will have different and likely incompatible EVF "parts"). While sensors will last quite a long time because they're only used when actually shooting, an EVF is used continuously every time you're looking through the viewfinder. That means heat buildup which is the enemy of electronics. When that EVF display goes belly up, and the "replacement parts" are no longer available, you potentially have a useless camera unless you like "cell phone style" shooting.

I don't know that I've ever heard this argument before.  I certainly have never heard of an LCD failure in the rear LCD or EVF as a result of heat or use.  In the scheme of potential sources of failure, this one is extremely unlikely.  You'll likely have other issues that cause failure far before the EVF.  I would concede that an LCD could fail under extreme cold temperatures because I have seen a laptop screen fail due to cold temperatures in Green Bay during winter about 10 years ago, but technology today makes that less likely.  Personally, I'd bet on shutter failure or focus failure far sooner than EVF failure.

Some of us just don't want a mirrorless downgrade, OK? And "other than" using AF-D lenses is akin to saying "other than" using every lens (or damn near every lens) you have for many. So yes, that by itself is plenty of reason to stay with DSLRs.

Personal choice is certainly a good reason to stick with a DSLR, specific lenses, or simply to avoid a new technology even if it's a little better.  I actually have found my old manual focus lenses are much easier to use with mirrorless, so AF-D lenses or the equivalent is less important than the benefit of easier focus with other lenses.

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