The above featured shot is taken with a Minolta 600si and Sigma / Quantaray 50mm 2.8 Macro. Kodak Ektar 100 film. Processed by North Coast Photographic Services.
I am tired of listening to or reading from supposed experts telling me the camera, the camera system, or this method of doing things is dying or dead. None of them are dead unless you stop using them. The above shot was taken with a Minolta camera from about the year 2003. Minolta is not making any new cameras but this wonderful model 600 si is still alive and kicking. The lens is a Sigma / Quantaray 50mm 2.8 Macro. Quantaray was a Ritz Camera Sigma lens. Ritz Camera is no longer with us but I like and use this lens all the time. So not dead. The film is Kodak. Film is still used regularly all over the World. Kodak is one of the biggest suppliers. Not dead. And I have organized and stored the file for the shot using JPEG format. Recently one widely watched you tuber said we (the camera using public) should kill off jpeg. The World’s most widely used format. It works fine. Leave it alone.
The above great shot of part of the town of Ennis MT was on an even older camera. I have had this camera for 50 years. It works well and gives beautiful results with superb lenses. There is nothing electronic in it. It was made in 1953. The light meter I use with it is also 1953 and it has no batteries but seems to get the job done. This was shot on another Kodak film that has been around for a while, Gold 200.
A number of people who are “influencers” have said that DSLRs are dead. Really, why is that? I have used mirrored cameras since 1980 and now have several mirrorless cameras. To me there are advantages and disadvantages to both optical viewfinders and electronic viewfinders. Photography is a hobby for me and I buy and sell cameras for the fun of it and have curiosity to use new ones and new systems. To me shooting sports, action, or wildlife is much better with an optical viewfinder. I am reminded of that whenever I go out to shoot photos of birds. It is much easier for me to spot and find fast moving subjects when I am looking at the actual subject and not a little TV screen. And I very much like the fact that an optical viewfinder is always working even when the camera is turned off or just turned on.
All three of the above shots were taken with a DSLR made by Nikon. Both Nikon and DSLRs are very much alive. And these were even taken on a crop sensor camera which other camera gurus have said, “No one wants these any more. They either shoot with a smartphone or a full frame.” Next time I lug around a 35 oz full frame zoom I will remember that statement and laugh.
One of the advantages of not getting the latest system is that many times the cost of those systems is much less expensive. For example. I just sold last week a beautiful condition Minolta AF 50mm f1.4 lens. I got about $100 for it on eBay. Or you can buy brand new a Nikon D5600 with a very good kit lens for about $600. This is with a 24 mega pixel sensor that works well.
Digital sensor advancements for crop and full frame sensors that are the standard 24, 36, 42, and 46 mega pixels have not changed much in the last 4-5 years. I have looked at the files from three previous 24 mega pixel cameras, the Nikon D5500, D750, and Sony A7iii. Using a similar quality lens I can’t tell them apart. I can tell when a fair, good, or excellent lens is used. The idea that the most beautiful lenses ever made are being made now is not true. I just sold and shipped a Minolta 100mm 2.8 macro a few days ago. It was one of the most beautiful lenses I have ever owned and it was made about 1990. In my opinion is quite a number of instances new 1.4 lenses are a big step back from the ones designed ten or 20 years ago. The new lenses tend to be huge, heavy, and expensive.
There are not that many good camera makers left. When people who have over a million followers say that they are dead or dying this is just an evil thing to do. That makes it even harder for them to stay in business. Saying the public should drive the JPEG out of existence is just plain stupid. Having a standard like jpeg that is universally used and excepted is the way to go. The best thing would be to improve and have backward compatible with a newer jpeg.
All of this post so far is about Photography. Video is another matter. With video you want a late model mirrorless camera or cell phone with silent motor lenses. There are a couple of exceptions where DSLRs and rangefinder cameras do a good job of video. Many movies and some TV is still shot using film and in this case they are most likely using legacy cameras.
My point in all of this is that an image making system is not dead if people are using it and enjoying themselves. It would be nice if people could be polite and respect that including so called camera gurus.