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    • Chris

      The big mount for the Nikon is amazing! I've wondered what has taken them so many decades, where Canon with its bigger mount can go with f/1.2 lenses and Nikon can only do f/1.4. With this new mount f/0.95 with a 58mm lens on full frame seems astonishing!

      But I hope they focus well. I had to shoot waterskiing with a Nikon this weekend and really missed the focusing of the Canon 1Dx MKII. Nothing seems to focus as well. I guess Scott does pretty well with his eagles with mirrorless Olympus cameras, but I didn't have much luck with them on fast action sports when I rented one.

    • bryanesler

      Being a former Nikon user, I definitely get the desire for that low aperture! In terms of fast-action sports, micro four-thirds cameras lag a bit behind, but if that's not your expertise, there's very little limitation in terms of what you can produce. I've shot dark theatres and concerts with it, portraits, community events, even weddings (yuck) and it's gone great with the Olympus and Panasonic systems.

      I tackle this argument in another piece that's coming out on Tuesday morning as well.

      I'm definitely curious as to what Nikon will bring to the table and if the rumors are true. While I won't switch, it'll provide more competition which can only help us as photographers continue to get new technologies in the future.

    • kevin

      It's been 5 years and 3 generations since Sony released their original A7, the first full frame mirrorless camera. I'm very pleased with my Sony cameras and never think about going back to Canon. However, Nikon and Canon finally getting into mirrorless is huge, even for me. Hopefully, more competition means I'll get better Sony mirrorless's. And maybe we'll finally get 1DX MARK II level phase detection 😉 So I can take more shots like this 👇

    • JasonFrels

      To me, it looks like the big news is the new mount enabling better lenses.

      The fact that it is mirrorless, doesn't make that big of deal to me. I have a Nikon D750 and if I compare specs to the Sony full-frame mirrorless, there is barely a weight difference.

      I like the battery life that I get out of my DSLR as the sensor doesn't have to be always on and I can walk around with it and not worry about the battery.

      I have heard people go on about the electronic viewfinder being better in some instances. I don't know.

      When I think about it, I mostly think about the lenses, though. It'll be fun to see what lenses Nikon brings with the new mount.

    • Chris

      Thank God I'm not the only one! I've been thinking I must be taking crazy pills with all the focus on it being mirrorless. In my interpretation of history, Canon made a big, bold move when they came out with a wider mount way back in the 80s and it has given them several advantages ever since, like the ability to make f/1.2 lenses.

      I don't know the details about why Canon's autofocus is so great for action, but I'm curious if a wider mount factors into that. Anyone know?

      I bought a Sony A7s back in the day with several lenses and my impressions were different than everyone else's. Must be those crazy pills again. The body size and weight was nice but battery life; the lenses I like to use didn't get smaller, it felt less usable and rugged, and back then it didn't focus well. You could take the kind of shots of surfers far away that Kevin posted, but what about a motorcycle coming fast and furious at close range?

    • kevin

      Agreed, weight wise you don't save much by going mirrorless, and the battery life is terrible because they use smaller batteries coupled with an EVF that draws much more power than a DSLR.

      I do love my Sony A7RII EVF though because I can preview exposures and in low light, I can see what I'm shooting. Plus I find focus peaking and exposure clipping useful overlays. But, you can get most of that in a DSLR too through the viewfinder. So the EVF isn't all that special, yet.

      I hope Canon and Nikon can bring durability to mirrorless cameras. Having lost 2 Sony A7II's to poor weather sealing and dropping an A7S from a drone, I can definitively say these mirrorless cameras are not durable. Though, I don't think even a Canon 1DX would survive a 100ft fall.

    • muslax

      No body here ever mention Fujifilm. I think they're doing great with their cameras and lenses, and the frequent firmware updates have been appreciated by community. As a former user of Pentax and Canon I'm happy with my X-T1 and X-T2.

    • bstrong

      Agreed! I had an X100f and really loved it. The leaf shutter is nearly silent which made me more comfortable taking candid shots. The X-Trans sensor also produces a very unique look and the lenses are very high quality. It’s too bad the talk is always about Sony, Nikon, and Canon.

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