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Talk to me straight, how bad is the 5d2 AF?

 
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Mar 18, 2012 22:40 |  #1

As a classic 5d user, I've been waiting years for the 5d line with improved AF. It finally shows up, but with a hefty price tag. I know there's a ton of bells and whistles on the Mark 3, but in all honesty, I would have been happy with a 5d2 and improved AF model at a smaller mark up. I'm not griping, just saying, if I had the money, I'd buy one in a second because I know it's going to be a beast, but they priced out of my budget.

Now that 5d2 are selling for sub $1800 new from legitimate sellers, that's tough to turn down. I mean I could buy a 5d2/7d combo and still have spare change over the 5d3.

So, for all those who take pics of their kids, how tough is it to pull off with the 5d2. I've got a couple squirmy boys (18 months and almost 4 years) so sitting still is not an option. I've also got AYSO soccer, etc. coming up so need a decent AF.

My other choice is to hold off a year and hope the 5d3 drops in price (but we're probably talking a few hundred bucks). And how many photos of my kids do I lose in the meantime? And last option is to buy the 5d2 to quench my mostly landscape love, and buy a 7D as well to take care of the action.


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Mar 18, 2012 22:42 |  #2

Its essentially the same focusing system of the original 5D.




  
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Mar 18, 2012 22:47 |  #3

I use mine to shoot my grandson and use only centre point. I have no issues but I do use my 70-200 and get right back away from him, so he is not darting around close to me and running straight at me. I find I get more keepers that way because I am panning across and centre point while doing that with the 70-200 is deadly accurate and fast.


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Mar 18, 2012 22:55 |  #4

Considering a massive AF upgrade on 5D III, it should tell you something :).


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Mar 18, 2012 23:23 |  #5

Folks are blowing it out of portion. It works great and 9 point is fine for portrait work.




  
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Mar 18, 2012 23:24 as a reply to  @ DarthVader's post |  #6

The AF system on the 5DII is identical to the 5D you already have. You don't need to ask people for their opinions on this subject. Just consider your own.




  
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Mar 18, 2012 23:27 |  #7

Never had a problem, don't know what negativity is all about.


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Mar 18, 2012 23:29 |  #8

I had no idea the AF sucked so badly on my 5DMKII after years of using it.

Glad I read the threads pointing this out to me. I'm just looking for a nice slab of concrete and a sledgehammer so I can dispose of this piece of sh#t camera ;)

Thank heavens for the internet or I would be still unaware!!


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Mar 18, 2012 23:32 |  #9

gonzogolf wrote in post #14110612 (external link)
Its essentially the same focusing system of the original 5D.

This.


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Mar 18, 2012 23:54 |  #10

all right, thanks all. I had heard it was the same AF, but wasn't sure.

I find it's hard to shoot a moving subject period and keep the eyes in focus. But dreaming of doing it at a faster f stop is practically impossible. I get a lot of ears and nose keepers LOL. Center point, recompose, good luck with a 18 month old. But I've lived with it and bottom line, I"m not a 100% crop kind a guy, so a little off won't kill me. 5d2 at $1800 is tough to pass up, and if it drops anymore, I think I'll be changing my sig pretty soon.


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Mar 19, 2012 00:14 |  #11

I have never been able to make an image with more then one point of focus so, for me anyway, the 5d2 has 8 focus points too many. Just shot an event this weekend and it performed very well.




  
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Mar 19, 2012 00:22 |  #12
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I only use a few focal points closer to the center point on my 5DII's. I almost never have problems w/ focusing when using a 70-200 II using those points. However, when I shoot with my 85LII I try to only use a center point.


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Mar 19, 2012 00:25 |  #13

Are you using servo or single shot? I got to admit I gave up on servo but I think I was having too high expectations.


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Mar 19, 2012 00:26 |  #14
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luntan8 wrote in post #14111091 (external link)
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Welcome to the forum... I guess? Lol


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weegee wrote in post #14111096 (external link)
Are you using servo or single shot? I got to admit I gave up on servo but I think I was having too high expectations.

For kids, yes, I use servo. I have 5 younger brothers and 3 younger sisters who run around faster than I can snap focus... I beter use AI SERVO ;)


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