Is there a future for SLT?

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  1. kassad

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    You can get wireless radio triggers for the sony mount. Not the TTL pocket wizards but many of the other triggers are available in the Minolta mount. As far as the pin configuration your absolutely right. Every manufacturer has uniques falsh mounts. Sure you can mount a Canon flash on a Nikon camera, but why would you want to? You can do the same thing with a sony with an inexpensive adapater. But again why would you want to? I can see using a different brand as an off camera flash in manual mode and this is easy to with the existing radio triggers for the Minolta mount.

    Interestingly, it appears Sony is dropping the Minolta mount in favor for the ISO shoe.


    As far as SLT I see know real advantage for it over a purely mirrorless design now that af sensors can be on the image sensor. I see the larger SLR form factor sticking around but I don't see any long term advantage of maintaining the SLT design.


     
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    All cameras including DSLRs have a lag time, but really how often does the average shooter need to use 12 frames per second?

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    Why would you need a wireless radio flash trigger, since the SLTs seem to operate a wireless flash anywhere off the camera?

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    I think if other Sony Alpha users are as happy with the product as I am it will have a future. I can't ever see myself switching brands because I'm just won over by the tech in the Alpha line. Sony needs to launch an aggressive marketing campaign showing the benefits of SLT for new or aspiring photogs.

    I recently convinced an old friend of mine to try the Sony A57 after she broke her D3000. She was incredibly skeptical but now she's in love with Alphas just like I am.
     
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    Does it really matter? If the SLT gives you shooting advantages over those with an SLR such as quieter shutter, slower shutterspeeds, built in panorama and HDR modes, real time effects, 100% accuracy, etc., then use those advantages successfully for as long as possible.

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    It sounds more like what you're asking is "Is the DSLR like form format has a future ?"

    SLR, SLT or Mirror Less, these don't matter as much as how you handle the camera and access it's functions. A NEX is nice but not as functional as a DSLR body.
     
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    Well, more specifically, is it the future for Sony. Nikon and Canon are still thinking Grandma is going to want interchangeable lenses.

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    Why can't an NEX be as functional as an SLT? As far as I can tell the only advantage is fast AF. If that is solved, what purpose is an SLT? I get the advantages of optical finders (don't worry Skieur, I get the advantages of EVF as well), but clearly it seems Sony is getting away from that, so that's neither here nor there. My question is will Sony drop the mirror entirely.
     
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    The NEX body isn't as comfortable as a DSLR type body.

    Viewfinder is a must for me.

    The only reason Sony might keep the SLT is if it still cheaper than focal plane phase focusing. But even if the did, the camera would still look pretty much the same.
     
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    The NEX is certainly made to be compact, and I am pretty sure that the days of NEX without EVF are over. The next NEX 5 I am sure will have a viewfinder.

    But I think if you incorporated a full frame sensor and a full, ergonomic grip - possibly a vertical grip as well, the NEX could be made into a very significant camera, reminiscent of the Mamiya 7 or Fuji GW. Currently there is a lot of direction towered Leica-wannabes. It doesn't seem that Sony is taking that direction.
     
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    You are talking about EVFs NOT SLTs. Optical viewfinders do NOT show 12fps burst shots in real time either, because they do not have that speed. As to really LOW light situations optical viewfinders show NOTHING in the viewfinder, while SLTs show an image in the viewfinder with noise. At least with an image you can compose, while with an optical viefinder you are totally shooting blind in extremely low light.

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    NEX has the potential of having a good sized sensor on a Leica style rangefinder look camera. The disadvantage is the prospect of having large heavy lenses on a small camera. The problem with most digital lenses is the small magnification level of 1/3 or lower. A 200mm prime with a 1:1 magnification level for example is quite heavy and I could not picture such a thing on a NEX camera.

    It would seem that a breakthrough in lens design and size would be necessary to make the NEX viable for former DLSR shooters.

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