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Sep 14, 2010 22:09 |  #1

I've got a 5DMII and like it quite a bit, but am not crazy about the autofocus performance. Which Canon digital body has the best (quickest, most effective in low light, etc) autofocus? I can list my lenses if that would help.


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Sep 14, 2010 22:12 |  #2

1D Mark IV :)


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Sep 14, 2010 22:15 |  #3

Thanks for the reply. Is that body dramatically better at af?


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Sep 14, 2010 22:18 |  #4

Dead Center in good light? No...

Off Center in less than ideal conditions? Nothing beats it...


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Sep 14, 2010 22:28 |  #5

The 1D(s) line as a whole has better AF than the rest. One of the biggest differences I noticed when I moved from a Rebel to the 1Ds2 is that autofocus is quick and almost always spot on.


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Sep 14, 2010 22:36 |  #6

Is the 5DMII known for sub-par af? Cause like I said I love the camera, but unless I'm shooting a bright, contrasty scene, I always use mf because the af just slows things down (if it works at all). I don't mind mf in a lot of situations, but obviously sometimes af is really useful. Also I should say I shoot a lot in low light with wide lenses (35mm 1.4, 24-70).


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Sep 14, 2010 22:39 |  #7

Neither the 5D Classic nor the 5DMkII are knows as "speed" bodies...

Their strong suit is image quality and while they can be put to work in any genre, the expectation is that you are shooting subjects where taking a little extra time is ok.

The 1-series bodies and now the 7D are more suited for sports or photojournalism where things are moving rapidly. You can offset this performance gap however with anticipation and being ready to get the shot.


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Sep 14, 2010 22:39 |  #8

1D4 has the best, the next best is likely the 7D/1D3. The 5D2 autofocus is sometimes regarded as poor simply because Canon didn't really make it better when going from the 5D to the 5D2. Really, it is fine, if you like the 5D2, I would just learn to use it within it's limitations, afterall, all cameras have limitations.


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Sep 14, 2010 22:41 as a reply to  @ jmtron's post |  #9

I have not spent much time with the 1D Mark iV(unfortunately) but I can tell you the 7D outperformes the 5dMII significantly in the AF department. It is really an amazing system.

However for IQ.....5DMII takes the 7D down.


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Sep 14, 2010 22:45 |  #10

bbarnett51 wrote in post #10911000 (external link)
I have not spent much time with the 1D Mark iV(unfortunately) but I can tell you the 7D outperformes the 5dMII significantly in the AF department. It is really an amazing system.

However for IQ.....5DMII takes the 7D down.

Right now I have two 5DMII bodies, I'm thinking of trading one in...maybe the 7D would be good, the 1DMIV sure is steep. Is the 7D 1.6 crop factor and 1DMIV 1.3?


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Sep 14, 2010 22:51 |  #11

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Right now I have two 5DMII bodies, I'm thinking of trading one in...maybe the 7D would be good, the 1DMIV sure is steep. Is the 7D 1.6 crop factor and 1DMIV 1.3?

Correct...

7D = APS-C (1.6X Crop)
MkIV = APS-H (1.3X Crop)

FWIW, I shot with one of each flavor for several years and just recently decided that APS-H splits the bill perfectly so now I have a MkIII and a MkIV. APS-H isn't that much different than FF but APS-C definately is.


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Sep 14, 2010 23:09 |  #12

jmtron wrote in post #10911022 (external link)
Right now I have two 5DMII bodies, I'm thinking of trading one in...maybe the 7D would be good, the 1DMIV sure is steep. Is the 7D 1.6 crop factor and 1DMIV 1.3?

Im in love with the 7D BUT I am using it for wildlife photography and i need a fast accurate AF system for birds, elk, and anything else that moves. Thats why i chose the 7D. I even looked at the Nikon 300s and I really liked the 7D better.

However, If I were shooting more landscape and portrait, the 5DMII would probably be better. IMO


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Sep 15, 2010 04:57 |  #13

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1D Mark IV :)

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Sep 15, 2010 06:25 |  #14

1D or 1Ds series, without doubt


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Sep 15, 2010 06:32 |  #15

I find that I'm not really getting any worse shots with my 5D over the 40D, but I do have to slow down to take the shot, plus 3fps not 6fps means I can't just nail off a bunch and hope for the best. :)

The 1D(s) cameras feel really solid compared to the xxD/5D series. All those AF points would be nice. If I were to buy another non-FF camera it would have to be a 1D3 or something because I don't want to go back to the look of 1.6 crop.


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