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Is There a Future For the SLR?

Many major manufacturers seem to be waiting for improvements in technology before making serious moves into the mirrorless market. Mark Bauer looks at why and concludes it will only be a matter of time before there are major rivals to the SLR

Sales of DSLRs are down and the popularity of mirrorless cameras – otherwise known as Compact System Cameras (CSCs) – seems to be gathering pace. Sony, in particular, is on a roll at the moment with its A7 series of full-frame cameras biting chunks out of the market share of both Canon and Nikon.

A large part of its appeal must surely be due to the flexibility of the system. The fact that you can mount almost any lens on the cameras via an adaptor means that it is possible to use the Sony as a second body or to change systems without the pain of having to sell existing lenses and buy new ones. Prior to the release of the 5Ds, a fair number of Canon users, frustrated with waiting for Canon to release a rival to the high-megapixel Nikon D800, started using the original A7r. The greater dynamic range offered by the Sony sensors was, and …

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Mark Bauer

Mark Bauer is one of the UK’s leading landscape photographers with work published worldwide. He is the author of 3 books, including ‘The Landscape Photography Workshop’ (with Ross Hoddinott).

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