With mirrorless slowly becoming the new standar, will DSLR mount lenses lose value?

Discussion in 'Casual Photo Conversations' started by mood_lover, Aug 4, 2018.

  1. Random thoughts on a rather strange post:

    You have one very nice Canon lens. If I had that lens I would plan on keeping it.

    If you're interested in investing, there are plenty of stocks that pay dividends.

    All digital cameras are disposable. They bleed value. They are replaced every year at most by something better. Lenses are forever.

    I have heard no rumors of Canon discontinuing the L mount.

    Camera brands, models and styles come in and out of style. When I started in journalism Nikon F5s were the standard. Then everyone ditched their Nikon gear for Canon's big, white lenses. Trying to guess what's going to happen "next" in photography is a waste of time. If there are any photojournalists left (sarcasm) I suspect they're using big Nikon and Canon dslrs. It doesn't matter. Cameras are tools.

    I have owned Sony, Canon, Nikon, Pentax, and Mamiya cameras in a mix of film, digital, with mirrors and withough. Right now I'm using a Fuji 6x9, totally manual, no-meter film camera made in 1969.

    You've got good gear. Stop sweating over whether it was a good investment. If you use it, it was the right thing to buy. If you don't, it probably wasn't.
  2. Every item I have seen have gone down, including mirrorless. It's not an investment.

    Now I just get used, a bit of a regret my Nikon D600 wasn't. All my newer lenses are also thou and they are still the current latest versions. I got them for about 40% less than new. I think camera tech is so good now that my mirrorless for a more compact camera while I am out with others, will be used also.
  3. There will be a place for both for some time. If you look back to when digital surpassed film, there were some early adopters of digital for some uses, but for quite a while, images from digital didn't meet the quality people had come to expect from film. As digital quality improved, more people made the switch. Now, digital is king and film, though still used, has become a niche market.

    Mirrorless will likely go the same way. There are some early adopters, but mirrorless systems don't yet have all the features that people have come to expect from their DSLRs. Eventually those features will accumulate and reach a tipping point, and DSLRs will be a niche market. When that day will come is unknown, but you have to decide what features are critical for your work and what gear meets those needs. Future resale value should play no part in this decision because everything you buy will be worth less as time passes; if that's a criterion, then you'll never buy any gear. Your 35L II could pay for itself may times over long before you need to consider resale value. And at that point, it will be fully depreciated and anything you get for it when selling will be a bonus.
  4. Generational changes, such as vinyl to CD, tape to DVD and film to digital, tend to occur very quickly. Individuals may continue to use old technology while it works for them, and some may never change for a variety of reasons. While this may blur the transition, the real indicator is new sales. The largest record store in Chicago closed one Saturday night in the mid-90's, and reopened Monday with vinyl records completely gone*, replaced with CDs. I didn't take much notice at the time (and never really looked), but the wave hit camera sales in or near the year 2003.

    The same will happen with DSLR to MILC in the not to distant future. Professional photographers have a lot of loyalty to brands and models they find reliable and do the jobs to which they are tasked. That brand loyalty may benefit Nikon (and eventually Canon), but at the expense of DSLR sales.The pro-level market is approximately $3.2 Billion annually, and in the course of 4 short years high-end FX Sony sales have risen from virtually nothing to $1 Billion.

    The technical advantages over DSLRs is undisputed, especially for focusing, tracking, exposure control and speed. With MILC's, focusing and exposure are embedded in the sensor, not separate arrays in the bottom of the mirror box. No alignment, aka "fine tuning," is required. Coverage is approaching 100%, compared to about 25% in DSLR's. If 20 fps isn't enough, MILC's can do 4K (or higher) video, 10 MP/frame at 60+ fps, all with a real-time, heads-up, live-view display.

    * One of the quirks of the music and book business is that unsold items can be returned to the distributer, at the expense of the artist or author. Returns are subtracted from royalties.
  5. Sandy Vongries

    Sandy Vongries Administrator Staff Member

    I do prefer Nikon in general, but I think for Pros and those of us with lots of gear in a particular system, the loyalty is more economic than emotional. It just costs too much to go out and build a new working system from scratch. As to mirrorless, I suppose they will eventually dominate, or something as yet unimagined will, but to me, there is no substitute for a viewfinder, and I can't imagine a broader selection of lenses than is available for Nikon, or Canon for that matter.
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  6. I am the "old Ludite" who came into mirrorless only early this year. I purchased a Fuji X-E1 with the two kit lenses & have no regrets. The transistion from viewfinder (both RF & SLR) has been non existent. . .my eyeball see's the image. . .& if I am lazy, I use the back screen. At present I have adapters for 3 Minolta lenses from an XG-1 system and even for my FSU Jupiter-8 lens. As many above have stated, if it fits your "style". . . use it. Like cars, a lens is -40% out the door.. . . never mind "aging". Bill
  7. paul ron

    paul ron NYC

    just chasing technology. waste of money.
  8. Photography gear changes quickly these days. I think the DSLR system is going to start/continue winding down (my opinion). You-tube is a game changer concerning the popularity of camera's with great video features.
  9. Seems to me that when a digital viewfinder is high enough in resolution that you don't notice that it is digital, the transition will go fast.

    There are plenty of non-interchangeable lens cameras with a digital (eye level) viewfinder, but not quite enough resolution.
    With auto-focus, maybe you don't notice, but not enough for manual focus.
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