D5, A9… or waiting for Z9 (sports photography)

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Re: D5, A9… or waiting for Z9 (sports photography)
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Vincent O'Sullivan wrote:

The SLR was a solution for film cameras that has been almost entirely eliminated in digital cameras. There's no reason not to suppose it is close to being totally eliminated.

How many years it took for Nikon to stop offering the F6? And what is the current share of Z sales compared to F sales? I sincerely hope that dSLRs are not "close to be eliminated" anytime soon, at least until Nikon's MILC market share is enough to sustain the Company or there will be very difficult times ahead for Nikon.

Besides that, there is a fundamental difference between SLRs and dSLRs that makes the comparison between film and digital invalid: film cameras require, well, film, with all its disadvantages (cost of film and processing, no instantaneous review of image, editing limited for cropping unless one wants to acquire a home lab, and even so the flexibility does not compare to digital not by a long shot, ISO not adjustable on the fly, white balance not adjustable on the fly, sensitivity and high ISO performance way below that of recent dSLRs. etc.). Another driving force behind the transition from film to digital is the wide availability of computers, tablets and smartphones. People (more so young people) don't look at printed pictures anymore, By contrast dSLRs and MILC's use the exact same media.

My take is that what happened to film is not relevant to dSLRs. dSLRs have a long life in front of them and it will have its own group of followers for a long time. This is particularly true for the used market.

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