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Old Jun 30, 2011, 9:09 PM   #11
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To sort of put things in perspective, the 35mm SLR cameras fairly rapidly replaced the medium format TLRs, as they were smaller, lighter, simpler and cheaper (one lens to buy, instead of two at a time). The purists of the day decried the smaller VF image, and the lower resolution of the smaller film format. You will hear many of the same, or similar disparagements of smaller format, mirrorless cameras, today, but, given the trends, I do think they will take over all but the very high end, and low end of the market. There will still be a place for simple point and shoot cameras, as there will be for APS and 35mm and MF, just as MF film cameras are still used today. For the great majority of serious hobby photographers, the convenience of the MILC (mirrorless interchangeable lens camera - my own term) will be the deciding factor. With the increasing sales, development of VF and AF systems will soon bring them up to par with existing SLRs, and features such as live histogram and WYSIWYG VFs, will have many people wondering how they ever managed to use the old clunky SLRs in the first place.

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Old Jul 1, 2011, 4:49 AM   #12
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One problem I see at this point in time is the that the mirrorless cameras have lenses that look like an after thought and seem to look un balanced its easy to hold a DSLR with a long lens or even a short heavy one. May be they will over come that. I think that in the end the two will live side by side very easily each having there place. It will be the lower end of the market place that will suffer as these mirrorless become cheaper
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G'day Wave

I agree with you regarding the appearance of 'some' of the current batch of MILC cameras ~ in the rush to have the smallest body, the lens now becomes the 'carry-handle' ... and to me, it looks like crap

However, cameras like the panny G-series still look & feel like a traditional camera, and this to my eyes is the way to keep going

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Hi yes you are right on that but its the ugly ones that stick in my mind, if you know what I mean
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Old Jul 1, 2011, 1:46 PM   #15
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The more I think about it the more I think everyone (else) should switch to these new mirror-less cameras!
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My take on mirrorless vs traditional is that all SLRs will be mirrorless within 3-10 years. The mirror & its mechanical operations are left overs from the 1950s era ... it has served the photo industry well for a long time, but it will be replaced by electronics in the very near future ... ie- it will be a re-run of the changeover from film to digital.
I totally agree with you Ozzie !

Oh, btw, did you guys know that the Sony NEX-5 has a better score than the Canon T2i on the DxOMark website ? 69 vs. 66 !
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Old Jul 1, 2011, 2:10 PM   #17
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Just a point:
An SLR (SIngle Lens Reflex) camera cannot be a SLR without its reflex mirror.
As soon as you remove the mirror it is no longer a SLR.
SLR's also include medium format units like the H4D-200ms a 50mp-200mp Hasselblad body. not just the small format Full Frames and crop cameras.

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My take on mirrorless vs traditional is that all SLRs will be mirrorless within 3-10 years.
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Just a point: - An SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera cannot be a SLR without its reflex mirror. As soon as you remove the mirror it is no longer a SLR.
Okay mate - you win the point on a technicality ...

Maybe we'll now have a 50yr batch of MILCs rather than SLRs

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Been thinking some more (ya it is really starting to hurt, need beer to cool the thinker off!).

With the way things are going soon you will just have a lens, with a sensor and display built into the back of it.
aps-c sized sensors are getting to be a cheap commodity item,
I can foresee dispensing with the separate camera portion altogether at some point.
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Well the Ricoh GXR has the lens and (varying size) sensor built into one module which fits onto the back. Pretty cool idea.
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