From: Alan Browne on
That80sGuy wrote:
> In message news:GLMTk.1784$V71.947(a)newsfe10.iad, ".."
> <Ginnaam1(a)hotmail.com> done wrote:
>
>> Nikon brings out a new DSLR only to update it 6 months later. The D700
>> has not be available that long and now they are discontinuing it and
>> replacing it with an upgrade, D700X. They did the same with the D40X
>> introduced it and then 4 months later discontinued it.
>> I was looking at a D90 but if there is a chance it could be
>> discontinued in 6 months maybe I should wait?
>
> DSLRs need to be made modular. If you can have interchangeable film backs
> you can have interchangeable sensors.

This was our great hope 10 years ago, that we could get digital backs
for our somewhat expensive SLR's.

Didn't happen. But I would still love a FF back for my Maxxum 9.

Even if it had no display. Just an ISO setting and raw memory. Nothing
else.

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From: nospam on
In article <_-mdnS0is_ze-b3UnZ2dnUVZ_trinZ2d(a)giganews.com>, Alan Browne
<alan.browne(a)Freelunchvideotron.ca> wrote:

> > DSLRs need to be made modular. If you can have interchangeable film backs
> > you can have interchangeable sensors.
>
> This was our great hope 10 years ago, that we could get digital backs
> for our somewhat expensive SLR's.
>
> Didn't happen. But I would still love a FF back for my Maxxum 9.
>
> Even if it had no display. Just an ISO setting and raw memory. Nothing
> else.

that would have been great, but unfortunately, it's impossible to make
a digital back for just about all film slrs.
From: RichA on

"nospam" <nospam(a)nospam.invalid> wrote in message
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> In article <Xns9B5868915ED86That80sGuy(a)198.186.190.61>, That80sGuy
> <clark(a)griswold.com> wrote:
>
>> DSLRs need to be made modular. If you can have interchangeable film
>> backs
>> you can have interchangeable sensors.
>
> making it modular will make the camera bigger and more expensive, not
> to mention that pretty much everything other than the shell will need
> to be replaced.

Not as long as the Japs run the show...


From: nospam on
In article <KpOdnTYnl4qL5r3UnZ2dnUVZ_sWdnZ2d(a)comcast.com>, John
McWilliams <jpmcw(a)comcast.net> wrote:

> I do hope that the other companies will find ways to stay in the hunt.

agreed. pentax made some great cameras and it would sad to see them go
away, although the name might live on somehow. olympus might manage to
stay alive with micro 4/3rds since it has its own niche.
From: Alan Browne on
nospam wrote:
> In article <_-mdnS0is_ze-b3UnZ2dnUVZ_trinZ2d(a)giganews.com>, Alan Browne
> <alan.browne(a)Freelunchvideotron.ca> wrote:
>
>>> DSLRs need to be made modular. If you can have interchangeable film backs
>>> you can have interchangeable sensors.
>> This was our great hope 10 years ago, that we could get digital backs
>> for our somewhat expensive SLR's.
>>
>> Didn't happen. But I would still love a FF back for my Maxxum 9.
>>
>> Even if it had no display. Just an ISO setting and raw memory. Nothing
>> else.
>
> that would have been great, but unfortunately, it's impossible to make
> a digital back for just about all film slrs.

Of course it isn't impossible and I never said "just about all slrs".

I'm talking about SLR's such as the F-5, EOS-1v and Maxxum 9. All of
these film cameras have user removable film doors.

The volume occupied by film can easily accommodate power source and
processing. The 'door' can be a bit thicker to accommodate the sensor
and supporting electronics.

These cameras have sync connections and that can be used to trigger the
sensor to 'take' the shot. (May defeat the rear-sync, however). Or
optical sensors in the back could 'read' the mechanics of the film
transport (and stimulate the film advance reader). Minor changes might
need to be made to the camera, hopefully not at the expense of being
able to shoot film as well as digital).

Indeed the above is quite possible. The camera makers have done what is
likely best, however, integrated cameras that function very well for the
price. But that was not clear in the early days of DSLR's.

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