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Photography Gear on Life Support in 2022
Mar 7, 2022 13:05:00   #
MDI Mainer Loc: Mount Desert, Maine
 
https://bythom.com/newsviews/photography-products-on.html

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Mar 7, 2022 13:33:15   #
Soul Dr. Loc: Beautiful Shenandoah Valley
 
MDI Mainer wrote:
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Interesting article. There is a lot of truth in it.

will

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Mar 7, 2022 13:39:29   #
burkphoto Loc: High Point, NC
 
MDI Mainer wrote:
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Some B-tard is always going to score points with a FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) article. So markets change. So what? The sands of time wash over everything and everyone. Nothing is permanent. Even the permanence of change is uncertain, according to physicists.

Two years ago, Tony Northrup said, "Micro 4/3 is DEAD." In the past month, we have seen new flagship cameras from OM Digital Systems and Panasonic (The OM-1 and the Lumix GH6, along with some new lenses. I'm told by my sources that plenty more products are in that pipeline, from both companies and their third party partners. Both the new cameras are getting great reviews by their close-knit communities of niche users.

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Mar 7, 2022 14:25:37   #
srt101fan
 
MDI Mainer wrote:
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Interesting read; thanks for posting. Most people shouldn't really fret too much. They should use the gear they have until it becomes inoperable or doesn't meet their needs anymore. At that point they just select from whatever is available on the current technology shelf. And there will always be a used gear shelf.

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Mar 8, 2022 09:39:29   #
cjc2 Loc: Hellertown PA
 
My personal opinion is that the DSLR market will continue to all but disappear and the Mirrorless market will flourish. Like film, DSLRs may never go away completely, but new cameras and lenses may not be seen. Film use seems to be growing, yet no new equipment has been announced. Personally, I am far down the path to converting to 100% Mirrorless wherever I can. Timing will unfold. Best of luck.

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Mar 8, 2022 10:22:19   #
47greyfox Loc: on the edge of the Colorado front range
 
Practical thinking finds little to refute in the article. So, it’s left with individual users and what works better for them. For me, it’s an opportunity moment for moderation. I’m definitely a fanboy and see that mirrorless is ultimately the way to go. I also see the movement as a means to improving my current equipment without going to a lot of expense. Recently, I picked up a Canon 100-400 ii for less than $1400 that is close to “like new” in MYHO. It breaths new life into my 5d4 and 7d2. The key for me is personal timing.

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Mar 8, 2022 11:38:44   #
burkphoto Loc: High Point, NC
 
47greyfox wrote:
Practical thinking finds little to refute in the article. So, it’s left with individual users and what works better for them. For me, it’s an opportunity moment for moderation. I’m definitely a fanboy and see that mirrorless is ultimately the way to go. I also see the movement as a means to improving my current equipment without going to a lot of expense. Recently, I picked up a Canon 100-400 ii for less than $1400 that is close to “like new” in MYHO. It breaths new life into my 5d4 and 7d2. The key for me is personal timing.
Practical thinking finds little to refute in the a... (show quote)


Yep. The trend is definitely mirrorless, but for those with no need or desire to switch, the glut of used gear is a GREAT opportunity to pick up fantastic bodies and optics at bargain prices. Many older film SLR and dSLR lenses can be used on mirrorless bodies with adapters, albeit with certain disadvantages (no AF or slower AF, no auto aperture, no data coupling...). So those used lenses won't be around forever. Grab 'em while they're available.

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Mar 8, 2022 14:01:37   #
PhotogHobbyist Loc: Bradford, PA
 
No one has a crystal ball that is 100% accurate. The future of photography is unknown, just as the future of everything is unknown. Predictions are nothing more than opinions of a single person or a relatively small group of persons. Only time will tell.

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Mar 8, 2022 19:57:34   #
ronpier Loc: Poland Ohio
 
burkphoto wrote:
Yep. The trend is definitely mirrorless, but for those with no need or desire to switch, the glut of used gear is a GREAT opportunity to pick up fantastic bodies and optics at bargain prices. Many older film SLR and dSLR lenses can be used on mirrorless bodies with adapters, albeit with certain disadvantages (no AF or slower AF, no auto aperture, no data coupling...). So those used lenses won't be around forever. Grab 'em while they're available.


I say to trade in hardly used gear so that others can use and enjoy. Nothing wrong with mirrorless but nothing wrong with DSLRs either. These are all cameras!!

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Mar 8, 2022 23:47:26   #
burkphoto Loc: High Point, NC
 
ronpier wrote:
I say to trade in hardly used gear so that others can use and enjoy. Nothing wrong with mirrorless but nothing wrong with DSLRs either. These are all cameras!!


If you spent enough time studying what to buy for your particular needs in the first place, there is little need to trade current gear just to follow the trend. OTOH, if the new gear does a much better job of something you need to do, trade-ins make perfect sense. Everyone has a different use case.

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Mar 9, 2022 10:28:23   #
ronpier Loc: Poland Ohio
 
Agreed. I personally have never traded or sold any gear. Never needed to. I would like to say that there has always been a reason for my purchases and that I regularly use all of my gear. Like you said I think the clue is to first identify your needs.

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May 20, 2022 10:23:01   #
zarathu Loc: Bar Harbor, MDI, Maine
 
Mirrorless has made some kinds of photography possible in a much greater way. If you are serious about photographing hummingbirds, for example, once you switch to a camera with serious autofocus animal eye, or if you are into macro photography and want to give up the micro-rail and shoot photos for hand held focus merge, then you simply must have mirrorless technology. BOTH OF THESE is what I do most of.

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