Lester Wareham wrote in post #18762020
If I understand it correctly the new RF system has a high quality adaptor for EF lenses. So this softens the need for a hard switch situation for users, but as noted eventually the legacy users will be a smaller and smaller part of population.
So is the view that the mirror less body can do everything a SLR one can?
Is the eye level finder clear, bright and of low enough latency that they are good as optical?
I am interested to know, I have not played with the new mirror less bodies so I don’t know.
Yes, there is an adapter to use EF (and EFS as well) glass on the FF EOS-R. As I understand it, the AF is very sure footed, and some say the EF lenses actually work a bit better than on a corresponding DSLR, but most of the assessments seem very subjective.
The EVF are getting much better, to the point I can start to use them. The abilities you get far exceed the discomfort of using an EVF. You get real-time exposure feedback, histogram, leveling info, etc. It is very nice. You also have two ways to manually focus in the viewfinder with manual lenses. The M50 EVF is just good enough that I don't have a problem using it, higher end EVF will be even better.
Canon's mirrorless cannot do what current DSLRs can do, they do not have the AF speed or burst speeds for those that routinely shoot action/sports/fast motion. That is a pretty big circle in the Venn diagram of photography. It will take something like a Canon equivalent of the A9 to really tackle that area.
It will take about 3 years to put together a full EOS-R/RF lineup that then allows most photographers to migrate. This is where the DSLR death will occur. The Rebel market where the casual family shooter is buying up cheap cameras will be the final blow to the DSLR lineup. Once the EFM line is grown, or the EOS R has a Rebel-like offering at very low prices, the end of the DSLR will be complete.
I think the last DSLR to ever be announced by Canon will be in the 4-5 year mark. The last of the EF lenses will occur about a year prior to that final offering. This is simply based on Canon's slow and methodical development cycles. However if they have finally decided they need to speed things up, that cycle may be reduced by a year.
Even if that happens that soon, the cameras like the 1DX and 5D4 and 7D2 will all still work just fine years beyond that and will be pretty plentiful. Look how often 1D4s are available still long after its demise, and how often it is suggested to members to look at for what they shoot. So we are perhaps 10 years away from ever really talking about DSLRs on the forums. As long as the 5D4 continues to deliver the goods at high ISO (like at 16K or so) for me and track action, it has a place in my bag!