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Thread started 14 Feb 2011 (Monday) 10:19
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Poll"Are you satisfied with the AF of the 5D MK II"
Owner - Yes
149
42.5%
Owner - Neutral
72
20.5%
Owner - No
55
15.7%
non-Owner - Yes
20
5.7%
non-Owner - Neutral
31
8.8%
non-Owner - No
24
6.8%

351 voters, 351 votes given (1 choice only choices can be voted per member)). VOTING IS FOR MEMBERS ONLY.
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EOS 5D MK II - AF - let's try to clear this up

 
DetlevCM
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Feb 14, 2011 10:19 |  #1

OK, so I have an EOS 5D MK II and I love it - additionally I feel the AF is perfect - it does what it's supposed to do very well - for me anyway.

(And would you buy a pencil expecting to write with ink from an inkwell?)

I know that there are people on here who are very happy with the AF, and personally I don't think I would have liked the AF of the 7D -> why should the AF be "rocket science" (although I do understand that it's very useful for sports shooters)
Other people complain that they would like a more complex AF system - some have the camera some haven't.

So, to clear opinion up a bit, I'll offer a poll - 6 options -> like it, neutral, dislike it, then split between owners and non-owners.

I would like to see how the votes distribute, and if you would like to, do post as well.


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Feb 14, 2011 10:26 |  #2

3 owners, 3 answers.

So far...


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Feb 14, 2011 10:29 |  #3

Tom W wrote in post #11840666external link
3 owners, 3 answers.

So far...

We'll see how this skews ;)

-> 3 points aren't really enough, but if you had say 10 for both a normal distribution would be expected, anything off is "abnormal" and would show a trend (once it exceeds certain limits I think it was sigma^2 or something like that, I'm not a stats fan).


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Feb 14, 2011 10:34 |  #4

(directed at the complainers, of which there are many on this forum)

I think people need to learn the difference between linear and cross points and understand the limitations of the body they purchased. If you want a full frame camera with more impressive autofocus from Canon, you should look into the 1DS series. Too expensive? Tough...

For me, the 5D does just fine. Then again, I know how to use the AF properly.




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Feb 14, 2011 10:34 |  #5

I'm a 5D owner and a 5DII owner. I love the camera and the MkII is my goto body, but the one thing I do not like about the camera is the AF. It is adequate but no where near as fast and accurate at my 7D. It is the one weakness this body has. If it were not for the stellar IQ, I think this body would have been a bust. Canon needs to look to it's nearest competitor and wise up.


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Feb 14, 2011 10:34 |  #6

I have a 5D, not a 5D Mark II so I picked non-owner and no. While the AF system certainly can be made to work, it was up to date on the original 5D and thus very much behind the times when the 5D Mark II was launched.

Keep in mind the D700 was released before the 5D Mark II. I think Nikon did a little better job with that round (D700 vs. 5D Mark II) in nailing the feature set that was desired by still photographers. The 5D2's saving graces are excellent IQ (not that the D700 doesn't match it) and video for those who desire such a thing.


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Feb 14, 2011 10:35 |  #7

Cesium wrote in post #11840713external link
(directed at the complainers, of which there are many on this forum.

I think people need to learn the difference between linear and cross points and understand the limitations of the body they purchased. If you want a full frame camera with more impressive autofocus from Canon, you should look into the 1DS series. Too expensive? Tough...

There is, of course, the D700. 1Ds Mark III is not the only choice.


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Feb 14, 2011 10:35 |  #8

Cesium wrote in post #11840713external link
... you should look into the 1DS series. Too expensive? Tough......

To big... I would shoot a 1D in a heartbeat if it came in a xxD form factor.


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Feb 14, 2011 10:35 |  #9

I wish it was a bit better.




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Feb 14, 2011 10:36 |  #10

JeffreyG wrote in post #11840723external link
There is, of course, the D700. 1Ds Mark III is not the only choice.

Did you miss the "from Canon" part? :rolleyes:




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Feb 14, 2011 10:38 |  #11

Cesium wrote in post #11840734external link
Did you miss the "from Canon" part? :rolleyes:

I guess if Canon can get a law passed banning people from buying other brands this would be a reasonable restriction.

Want a decent pickup truck from Chevy? Well, your choices are limited to what Chevy makes. Who cares? If I don't like the Chevy truck I'll buy from somebody else.


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Feb 14, 2011 10:39 |  #12

gjl711 wrote in post #11840725external link
To big... I would shoot a 1D in a heartbeat if it came in a xxD form factor.

Agreed and this is the reason I switched to a 5D body from a 1D.




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Feb 14, 2011 10:40 as a reply to DetlevCM's post |  #13

The AF from this camera is ok ! Sorry, but people should stop talk/write some bla bla about that. Even in a VERY dark room with a 24-105L i can shoot some nice available light photo's at ISO 3200.
Without the need of software to remove noise ! About speed ? If the photographer has years of experience it isn't a problem to freeze some speedy cars or anything else ! But it could be just a little bit easyer to do with a 1D III...
Ok... ok... it isn't a speed-monster-camera !


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Feb 14, 2011 10:41 |  #14

JeffreyG wrote in post #11840750external link
I guess if Canon can get a law passed banning people from buying other brands this would be a reasonable restriction.

Want a decent pickup truck from Chevy? Well, your choices are limited to what Chevy makes. Who cares? If I don't like the Chevy truck I'll buy from somebody else.

And none of this changes the fact that I was talking about Canon cameras in my statement. If you want a Nikon, go buy one. The D700 is a wonderful camera.




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Feb 14, 2011 10:41 |  #15

Actually - 2 of you threw up a good question about the original 5D.
I suppose you'd technically be a non-owner, but you have experienced the same AF -> so that would classify you a bit for the owner's vote.

On that note, especially if you have a 5D classic and something "better" you could do a very valid comparison and easily vote for the owners - I'll leave it up to you. This is also by no means scientific, but it should judge overall opinion pretty well.


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