Hello, I've been a long time lurker on this website and decided to finally register and post.
I've been a Nikon SLR then DSLR user for quite a few years. Lately I've been having 'camera envy' for smaller full frame camera products out there from the prohibitively expensive Leica cameras to the Sony A7 iterations. I would appreciate having a smaller or lighter full frame digital camera option that can support my many Nikon lenses from my AI/AI-S ones to the D and G ones. When I feel like taking my camera out, but don't feel like hauling around something huge, I'll throw a 28mm f2.8 or 35mm f2.5 series E lens on my D600.
I began musing on what would be the 'perfect' camera for my use, which in general means easy to use controls, in the smallest reasonably possible package (I buy size small gloves). Given the flange distance of 46.5mm, how small could make a Nikon DSLR? How much smaller could that same Camera be if it was mirrorless? I did a quick drawing overlaying some dimensions form an image from camerasize.com to get a sense. Using the Nikon Df as the basis, I figured there is about 17.85 mm of material from the focal point of the sensor to the back of the body. That means the rest of the sensor, the screen, the buttons, the case and everything else fits inside of that portion. What would be the practical limits of reducing that distance, or camera size overall?
I don't mean to imply that Nikon should make a camera just for me, but I'd like to hear this forum's thoughts on the subject.