KenjiS wrote in post #8428546
What you're neglecting is that the D300 is also the best in its class right now...the D300 didnt need much to upgrade itself
What? upgrade itself? Please try to say that again. All nikon did was throw the d3 focusing system into the d300.
Sony isnt sitting on its ass either if rumors are to be believed, the backlit exmor sensor for instance has -VERY- high quality at high ISOs in Sony's video cameras... backlit is for small P&S sensors only with tiny circuitry in the sensor is where the benefit is. It isn't someone to improve anything in larger aps-c+ sensors.
Canon cant sit on the AF system of the xxD series, and I'm telling you that a rep confirmed the next xxD after the 50D was getting an improved AF system, He didnt say much about points but that it wasnt going to be 45 points, but it would be more than the Rebel
You should know by now that Canon rep's aren't given advanced info on new products and features. There's probably last minute decision making as to which prototype gets put into production and the different prototypes may have considerably different features, performance and characteristics.
Every company, and I mean -every- company is fielding an SLR in the xxD price class that has more AF points and a stronger AF framework in the body than Canon, Thats SAD and PATHETIC..Even PENTAX is fielding more than 9-points, Olympus is too, so is Sony and Nikon....Put a good AF-S lens on the D300 and it beats the 50D any day of the week
Ok, so you're into quantity instead of quality, eh? More is always better to you, right? I've used the 40/50D focusing system and it is very good. It beats similar film SLR models such as the Elan7n.
19 points makes sense because its the 45-point sensor without the assist points,
I laugh every time I see someone says "that seems reasonable" or "makes sense" with regards to a rumor. Just because a rumor is not outlandish and sounds like it "could" happen, doesn't mean that it will actually happen!
And whats wrong with a 1/3rd aperture stop setting? Who dictates lenses all have to be in 1 stop increments? Nikon and Minolta used to field 400mm f/4.5 lenses and so did Canon, They were the intermediate steps between f/5.6 and f/2.8 historically.....
Nothing's "wrong" with it, just show me the last time Canon put out a prime 100mm or longer that wasn't at a full stop aperture. I'll help you out, there isn't one in their current list of lenses.