I watched one of FRO-KNOWS videos. He is a New Yorker who does camera reviews and was the first to go ballistic on the Nikon Z one slot phenomena.
He got me thinking about something .... the FUTURE of DSLR's!
So, we have all talked about, complained and speculated on mirrorless technology. Now that Nikon has landed two feet firmly on the ground and their direction and future is road mapped, a thought came into my head. As technology moves forward, yesterdays news is typically left to die a slow and painful death on the vine!
Go back to film for a minute ....
In the late 50's, the SLR made its debut and the film photography industry never looked back. The zenith with Nikon seemed to be the F5. The F6, although a wonderful camera and is still available, never had the same cache as the F5. Then came DSLRs.
So, we seem to have come to the same pinnacle ....the D5, the D500 and the D850. We might get some tweaks ... and "x" here (D5x) an "s" there .... but by and large, the future of these cameras is written in stone. It only stands to reason that R&D moving forward, will be vested in the new generation of technology. I don't think, many more improvements are going to be made on the D5 or the D500 or the D850. These seem to be the top of the mountain for this particular lifeline and moving forward, they will simply slip into history while the new mirrorless line takes over.
To me, this would seem to make sense. I think, moving forward, you are going to see them give lip service to introductory level DSLR's, and maybe add a tweak to the high end, but all the new sensors, bells and whistles moving forward are going to end up in the Z line.
And, I think this is going to happen quickly. I think in the next 2 years.
Why do I think it will happen quickly?
Well, when I went to the Nikon Z event, and I played with both the 7 and the 6, these are very serious designs. They are rock solid cameras and a solid first step. They have the new lens mount and they are going to obsolete everything you have bought that was made in the last 50 years! FTZ is there to simply stop people from having heart attacks. It is a very well thought out and excellent touch, but all the new designs moving forward will be Z mount. It just stands to reason.
Why on earth, would they design a new 600mm F mount lens? Think about it! I think the last F mount lens may be the 500mm fresnel lens and moving forward .... its all for the Mirrorless future road map.
I am starting to feel the writing is on the wall!
Feel free to debate ....