« on: October 29, 2014, 09:05:44 PM »
I hear what your saying and I agree with a lot of it. I just think the deisign is over complicated for what it needs to do and will be replaced by mirrorless designs. Right now I am using a 6d and 70d I have a 7dii on order. When it comes time to replace the 6d I will likely get an a7 type camera, hopefully from canon if they get on the mirrorless ball. In a few years when I switch out the 7dii I reckon mirrorless will have progressed to the point where dslr's are obsolete.
I don't think mirrorless is better because it can be smaller, I think its better because its simpler, it's got a ways to go but its coming.
How are you defining simpler, though? I've used the A7r, and while mechanically it lacks the mirror, outside of that it really isn't that much "simpler" of a camera to operate than a regular old DSLR. There are also some significant problems with the EVF that often present at the most inopportune times (such as severe EVF or LCD stutter).
There is significant value to be had with an OVF. I honestly do not believe that, regardless of how responsive EVFs get, that they will ever be as responsive as an OVF, and for some types of photography, that kind of instantaneous response is critical.
I see mirrorless and DSLR as different options, not one that will replace the other or one being better than the other (in the long run...mirrorless designs still have a lot of growing to do.) The other "complexity" of DSLRs, such as all the buttons and configurability, are IMHO their greatest STRENGTH. For the kind of action-centric photography I do most of the time, having as many buttons as possible to instantly access the majority of the critical camera functionality is HUGE to being able to effectively use the camera in difficult situations. There is some programmability to the A7r, however it's smaller body size (which is pretty endemic to mirrorless designs so far) doesn't leave much room for having lots of buttons that give instant access to important functionality. The larger, more "complex" bodies of DSLRs offer plenty of room for buttons and dials...it's their strength, not their weakness.