DwightMcCann wrote in post #5335690
I have two of these beasts and a 1DsMIII as well. I also have a 1DMIIN. I think the 1DMIIN AF focuses better irrespective of what Canon keeps chanting in the hopes that we will join in, particular on the first image of a burst. But that just doesn't magically negate all the splendid improvements in the rest of the technology. The body is lighter. The batteries are lighter and more powerful. The noise is a stop or two better. Live View. Lens calibration. HTP. Extended ISO. Registration of five CWBs. Improved UI. So, I'm not giving up my 1DMIIN and agree that there's still something less than optimal about the AF, but crud guys, have some balance. There's not going to be a lawsuit even with a horde of disgruntled users ... maybe a lot of guys switching to Nikon but no Canon class action ... there's nothing actionable here. IANAL. This is not legal advice.
i agree with you 100% on everything and i have said it before myself: the mkIII is an outstanding body and even as is, the positive FAR outweighs the negatives.
however, i do think that you are failing to understand why some users are so upset. for some buyers, $4500 is tons of money and not everybody has the luxury of having 5 bodies and simply switching back and forth. for some people, buying this camera took a lot of work and all people want in return is to get what canon promised. nobody likes to buy something that is not as good as the item that it replaced and even though the mkIII is better than the mkIIn in about 99% of the situation, you have to keep in mind that the 1% is exactly what made the 1 series what it is.
i don't think that you will find anybody here (yes, even in this long thread) that said that the mkIII is not an amazing camera that can wipe the floor with the mkIIn in 99% of the situations. in fact, even all the people that have been VERY vocal from the get go are all saying that they WISH that Canon will fix the camera BECAUSE it is the best body that they have ever used. i had a pleasure of owning a mkIII that wiped the floor with my mkIIn in the AF department which is exactly the reason why i am so freaking pissed at Canon. IF the mkIII works as it should, there isn't a body on the market that can even touch it in my opinion (well maybe 1 or 2 can compete).
i think that now what we are seeing is the real damage. the real damage is not a camera that can't focus but a camera that you can't trust. i talked to quite a few great shooters in here and pretty much we all said the same thing. even if our cameras work as it should, we still find ourselves questioning every single OOF shot or every single hiccup that would have been perfectly normal in any other body. now i agree with you that this is simply idiotic to do but that is the human nature and i have no problem admitting that this is what happened to me. the mental games are much worse for me than the actual AF issues and i believe that i am not alone on this. to be honest, i think that the only way that this will go away for me is with a brand new camera. there have been simply too many fixes that didn't quite work for me to be comfortable.
of course, that is just me and what works for me. i know many shooters with a mkIII that are thrilled every single time they shoot with the camera and they have amazing results to show for it.