jacobsen1 wrote in post #8520459
right, but at more than TWICE the price, plus the 1DsIII is also LACKING in some specs (video, price and ISOs)
my theoretical version of the 7D has the same AF as the 5Dii. It's got the same points etc, just tweaked to track faster. So the only differences is you TRADE MP for FPS. They'd either need to implement the pellicular mirror the patented last year or improve the mirror assembly to handle the speed, but otherwise I'd be the same memory in the same chassis (probably adding a pop up flash).
I agree adding 1 series AF would kill the 5Dii sales if a 7D were FF and ~16mp as some 5Dii buyers are getting 1DsIIs instead. But I don't see them putting 1 series AF in the 7D, or 60D for that matter.
and while the D300 may beat the 50D in some specs, it doesn't BLOW it away IMHO. It's got better AF and a nicer sounding shutter, but what else? FPS with a grip (which is a trick canon needs to learn). But beyond that, the D300 COSTS more which is why it gets the added AF boost. IMHO the 60D will get an IQ boost via better processing to catch the D300 in terms of noise while keeping the extra MP and will remain with the lower AF counts.
are 50D owners really crying about their AF too these days? Because I hear it a lot from 5Dii POTENTIAL owners, but not really the guys who bought them. Hell, I even know a few nikon to canon converts who will say the nikon AF is great, but it's not that big a difference (citing accuracy is better with canon).
I think a lot of people make 1 series AF to be much more important than it is for most of us. Yes it's better, no doubt, but how many of us NEED it? How many of us NEED the AF from the D300/D700. And I'm CONSIDERING switching to a D700 right now (my 5Dii drowned Sunday) so these are all things I'm taking a look at. AF speed isn't a huge deal for me with the switch as I was very happy with my 5Dii. But the FPS are very alluring for me.
Other things I found the D300 had better than the 50D when I switched to Nikon were: the feel, the D300 does feel like a pro body, it feels like it just molds to your hand (ie. it feels really great), the interface is much better in that more buttons are programmable and more functions have buttons, rather than menus, 100% viewfinder coverage, remote flash trigger in the body, and weathersealing. I do think the 30D I owned was easier to use but it also had a lot fewer capabilities and functions to learn.