madjack wrote in post #14340553
I noticed in your sig line you have a couple of 5d II's. Do you feel that model is considered cheap enough to not merit good AF? To me $2200.00 is pretty good money and better AF is not to much to ask at that price point especially when the 7d has better AF and is less expensive.
I do see your argument that the inclusion of video is not added at the expense of other options. I always assumed putting video in a camera was not a cheap thing to do. My bad.
i don't think it's a matter of merit, it was a purely utilitarian decision on my part. i would have loved great AF and it's the driving force behind my decision to most likely upgrade to 5D3's, but the high ISO performance and resolution are what lead me to buy my 5D2's. at the time, it was worth it to me because i don't like the bulkiness of the 1-series integrated grips, and i had been making photos that i was really happy with on my original 5D's. since there was no AF upgrade, i begrudgingly settled on that point, but the other merits outweighed the limitations for me. your mileage may vary, of course.
madjack wrote in post #14341413
From the beginning I said I preferred better AF over video, and all I got from most were you have to pay the money like AF was some great expense to put into a camera but video wasn't. I didn't buy it. But I do buy what you said in bold.
i would agree that it's most likely 90% marketing that prevents lower end models from adopting world-class AF capabilities, but you'll have to admit that it's a much more significant undertaking design and cost wise than video options. with live view, video recording is mostly a function of firmware and possibly a encoding chip. autofocus on the other hand requires the inclusion of the AF chip, coordination with the small pentamirrors instead of the pentaprisms found in more expensive models, and the current generation of top-grade AF has it's own processing chip from what i recall. it takes more space in the camera and money to put that in, and financially, it doesn't make sense for canon to do so when it'll force people to buy their higher-end models.
as i said earlier though, you have what you want now from the current lineup. the 7D, 5D3, 1DX, 1DC all have great AF and good weather resistance. at this point, the biggest gripe i have is their price tag, and it's something that despite my misgivings is still reasonable. the market seems to agree.