As those of you who know me, you know that I’ve recently jumped (hard) on the mirrorless camera bandwagon. There’s a reason; the advantages of the mirrorless camera far outweigh the advantages of the dSLR (see my previous post). Today’s post is actually from an email thread I was a part of today and Bill (the author) stated his view of the evolution from the dSLR camera to the mirrorless camera in a way that was far more eloquent than I could have stated.
So, today, I yield my blog to Bill.
Accepting the Mirrorless Camera:
I remember standing in a ballroom at PMA Las Vegas in 1998 (I think that was the year) when Kodak and a consortium of
camera manufacturers announced APS film cameras. They touted how it was “digital” because the back of the film had a magnetic coating that could store 512 characters of information (!). Looking around the room at the dealers and lab folks and photographers there, I was thinking at the time, “If you only knew what the engineers are working on right now, you wouldn’t waste your time with this…”
Paradigm shifts are fun to watch, especially when you know what is possible. Mirror-less seemingly has a long way to go, but dSLR technology is quite mature. The lessons learned from over 60 years of SLR/dSLR design, manufacturing, and use cases should go a long way towards rapid advancement of the new formats. That was certainly the case as photographic scientists applied their knowledge of film chemistry and color science to digital imaging. What they had perfected over a 100 year period is an order of magnitude better now, after maybe 30 years of digital imaging development. Look back just ten years and you’ll see what I mean. Look at how far mirrorless interchangeable lens system cameras have come since 2009!
When the market wakes up, this transition will happen rapidly.
– Bill Burkholder
To my readers, what are your thoughts? Please leave a comment below!