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Will you buy a full-frame mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses?


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Wed 26-Sep-12 11:12 PM

Some days I think 'Nikon and Canon' are the 'Microsoft and Dells' of the camera world. They have seemingly ignored the emerging mirrorless SLR camera market while Sony and others are making definite progress. The new Sony A99 and even the NEX-7 have some very compelling features. The current situation can be compared to the PC industry where the market leaders missed the move to tablets and phones by declaring 'Desktop PCs' will never go away.

But beware! There are some serious roadblocks to a mirrorless DSLR!

If you want to use your existing lenses, the body cannot be as thin as many new mirrorless cameras. Why? Your current SLR lenses require an unusually long distance from the back of the lens to the sensor plane. This distance was originally chosen to make room for a 35 mm reflex mirror. Modern digital systems, like micro four thirds, use new families of lenses with a shorter lens to plane distance They do not need to accommodate a mirror, so their camera bodies can be thinner - and lenses themselves can be marginally smaller.

So what do you want? Mirrors forever? No mirrors but keep your current lenses and have a less than optimal body? Or new compact lenses and cameras?

It will be interesting to hear the opinions of experienced photographers.

Where do you stand?

Poll result (79 votes)
Yes, even if they require me to buy a new set of lenses.
(4 votes)
Yes, but only if I can use my existing lenses.
(28 votes)
No. Mirrorless will never match a DLSR.
(2 votes)
No. What I have is fine
(37 votes)
I'm undecided.
(7 votes)
What's mirrorless?
(1 votes)

  

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