the fascination everyone seems to have with/for ‘reflex’ cameras. Namely the hangover from an earlier time, the ‘Single Lens Reflex’. Sure, I had one myself back in the stone-age … a much beloved Olympus OM2N with a battery of lenses and filters and doodahs for doing all sorts of things (my Cokin collection was a significant investment).
My film SLR replaced my earlier Yashica Electro 35 (a sample of which still graces my bookery, behind me right now as I peck at these keys).
back to the question:
why do folks put up with the totally unnecessary mechanisms that are the ‘reflex’ pentaprisms and mirrors and springs and dampeners and excess baggage that make up the working works of the camera?
My OMD EM5 mk 2 which I absolutely adore (and refer to lovingly as ‘The Beast”) does what I personally think a good camera should do—it presents through the viewfinder the exact scene that the camera is looking at. And when I slam down the trigger button thing the camera records the scene ‘as-is/where is’ without noisy great redundant unnecessary obsolete hangover mechanisms hauling up mirrors, blocking out the view, vibrations and other such stuff.
So vision remains unimpaired without loss of target. No clunk-mechanisms, no nothing but serenity, sweetness, purity, and joy … without loss of target during firing (sometimes important).
Here, have thee an SLR image I purloined from a library book—
—and using your imagination replace that expensive unnecessary redundant obsolete prism/mirror stuff with a wee TV screen that parallels the feed to your sensor:
- no loss during shooting
- no unnecessary dampener mechanisms
- no etc etc …
… aaaah, bugger it—we all have our little peccadilloes, no? Mine is vibration-free image capturing, yours is nostalgia for the technical miracle that is the SLR.
Peace, may you and your Beast be very happy together …
(Oh no …) “Yes, Mr Debbil, Sir, your unGodliness?”
“Leave ’em alone! Let ’em suffer for their art—”
“I see, Sir—by the time they get to you they’re acclimatised?”
“Bingo, Dog! Saves me a helluva lot of work …”