DSLR’s Are A Dying Breed! Trey Ratcliff Lays Out The Coming Changes

Posted Jan. 13th, 2012 by Daniel J. Cox

Wow, what a great article written by a guy many of us follow, Trey Ratcliff of StuckInCustoms. I don’t often post from other sites but sometimes it’s the best thing to do for passing information along that you folks can use. If you follow my Blog, or travel with Tanya and me, you know that I’ve been talking for four years about the Mirrorless Revolution that’s in full swing and coming like a freight train. Trey Ratcliff sees the same road ahead although he refers to it as “3rd. Generation Cameras”. He writes a great piece on his blog about his thoughts and predictions and they are dead on with what I’ve been talking about for the last several years. You might want to head over to his informative Blog to take a look. Don’t forget about us over here at Natural Exposures after you see his site, he’s a master at this web stuff and a great photographer to boot. Keep in mind that his images are a bit more processed than what I typically care for, due to my my journalistic roots, but for those of you who have no issues with a more manipulated look, he has some great information on how he does it all.

Nikon's V1, their first entry into the Mirrorless Revolution.

The only difference I have with his take on how the Mirrorlesss Revolution will evolve is his predictions on where Canon and Nikon stand in this exciting new world of cameras. Although I wasn’t excited about Nikon’s decision to go with a smaller sensor size in their new Mirrorless cameras, the J1 and V1,  these two new models offer industry leading, world class technology advantages. If they bring even half the technology in the V1, into updated more professional models, they’ll be industry leaders in the coming new world of photography like they have for so many years in the traditional DSLR industry. Hope you find Trey’s Blog as interesting as I did.

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  1. jacques legaultOn Jan. 17th, 2012

    Hello Dan,

    Though I agree that the new mirrorless cameras are a revolution or evolution of some kind, I tend to think that the dslr will live on. In the old days, there were leicas for wide-angles and small telephoto lenses and Nikon with a panoply of lenses. Nowadays, there are mirrorless cameras with wide-angle and small telephotos lenses and DSLR with a panoply of lenses.IN the old days I used both and when the mirrorless cameras will be more performant, I will probably use both.THey should both have their niche.

  2. RichOn Jan. 16th, 2012

    It’ll be some time before a mirror-less camera produces images capable of being enlarged significantly.

  3. Gerry HeineOn Jan. 13th, 2012

    Hello Dan,
    I had read the article also, and agreed with most. I know we had talked briefly about the 1 series in Maine and were disappointed in the specs. I got a chance to play with a V1 and ended up buying it about 2 months ago. I was really impressed with what Nikon was able to do with the small sensor and image quality much as Trey described. Hope they make changes similar to what Panasonic did with the GX1 over the last GF cameras as far as adding control features. But even without changes the image quality from the V1 is very impressive.
    See you in Banff.

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      danieljcoxOn Mar. 1st, 2012


      Thanks for your input on the Nikon V1. I’m hopeful at some point I can get my hands on one to give it a try. I have to say that I’ve heard good things about the V1 files for the size of the sensor. That said, I really think the Micro 4/3’s camp has definitely hit the sweet spot when it comes to small package and superb image quality. The Nikon system has some amazing technology in it, some things I would love to see in the Micro 4/3’s cameras. I’m confident eventually we will. It’s just a matter of time until we see everything Nikon has and more. Believe me I’m rooting for Nikon and can only hope that the technology we’re seeing in the Micro 4/3’s arena will make it’s way into Nikon’s larger traditional DSLR’s. Unfortunately, I think the commitment Nikon has made to the J and V1 line takes them out of the category the Micro 4/3’s is in which is a professional camera that is light and full of great, new, high tech, very usable features. I actually think Canon may have made an even more interesting move with the G1X which is targeted to the same audience, soccer moms, etc, as the Nikon J&V1 cameras. I’m not convoked that a soccer mom is gong to be carrying around additional lenses and changing them on a regular basis as the Nikon system allows. A serious enthusiast or professional will. Canon’s G1X has tremendous range in it’s fixed lens and that’s more what I see a soccer mom being attracted to. Time will tell on all of this. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  4. Fred KurtzOn Jan. 13th, 2012

    Thanks Dan. I agree with your assessment that Nikon’s D5 in three years will have the mirrorless technology. As you know, I have wanted a full frame camera for a while and have been waiting for over a year for the D-700 replacement and I know they D800 will be announced next month but something about the D4 just hit my sweet spot. It will be fun having the flagship camera with all the bells and whistles. I really want it for low light and higher ISO. To bad I won’t have it in time for Costa Rica as that would be perfect when in the forest. I also just received the 16-35 f4 wide angle lens for when the D4 arrives. I think you just tried that lens out yourself. I hope you and Tanya are having a great time in Kenya and will see you soon in Costa Rica.

  5. Fred KurtzOn Jan. 13th, 2012

    I had previously read Trey’s article when a fellow trekker posted it on facebook. Well I have the new D4 on pre-order with B&H and am excited. So DSLR’s will live on with me for a while yet.

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      danieljcoxOn Jan. 13th, 2012

      Yes, I’m excited about the D4 as well and will most likely be ordering one myself but what will be really interesting is when Nikon builds the mirrorless technology INTO the D5. That’s when we’ll see huge improvements of the two combined camera technologies. Actually, Nikon’s mirrorless J1 and V1 cameras are just the start of where Nikon will be headed. Imagine the amazing capabilities of the V1 infused into a full frame sensor camera like the new D4. Just wished all of that was here today. For another glimpse at where we’re headed you can see the direction by way of Sony’s A77. If Sony had a better reputation for long lasting products and lenses that weren’t so bulky, they could be a major contender in the future of high end, professional cameras. I’m quite certain you will be very happy with your D4 Fred. Drop me a note to let me know how it’s going when you get a few frames under you belt.

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