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| p.2 #16 · I want a 5D Mark III So hard... |
It is working for them, and will continue to do it. The 5D3 will not have what the 1Dx has. It may have similiar features, but will be crippled in many ways so people will spend the extra money on the 1Dx who need it.
The 5D3 will be much farther away from the 1DX than the 5D2 was from the 1D(s)3.
In that case I predict I keep my 5D2 and so do most other people. And some go to Nikon.
Give it a crippled 7D AF (even a full 7D AF module wouldn't be all that amazing IMO this late in the game, sometimes I trust my 5D2 center point more for basic stuff) and keep it at 3.9fps or maybe even drop it to 3fps just to keep the 1DX reallly safe. Foolish game. Only so many will get a $7000 body. The ones who will pay that much and really need speed wouldn't be happy with even 50D frame rate, at least not for the primary body. That single aspect alone, nothing else touched should be enough even if they gave it 1D4 AF. Part of me thinks they won't be so foolish as to hold back too much this time. But part of me is expecting to just end up keeping my 5D2!
The market is changing. Some people need a high frame rate; most of the people who need a high frame rate don't need the highest of all resolutions. Also, usually those same people need tank like build, both PJ and sports people do.
Then there are those who shoot in the studio, inside and around buildings, and in the wilderness. Both users don't need a high frame rate, nor the highest ISO, nor the fastest AF. They do want high resolution. For those people, a 7D AF module in a weather proofed 5D2-like body, bearing 36MP or so, at 3-4 fps, would be ideal.
People who want a high frame rate without the 1DX price tag still can get the 7D.
Anyway, that's my prediction - and I'll be buying.
what about those who just need a strong all-around camera?
27-31MP for pretty decent reach, if not quite top APS-C level and quite solid max landscape/etc detail
6.3fps and mirror/trigger times of 50D-level but not really pro speed, so 1DX is protected no serious action pro wants only 6.3fps at least not for main body, but it is enough to sometimes get two key frames, if not always so it's vastly better than the 3-4 fps of the 5 series so far
1D4 nice AF but not the match for the new 1DX level
small body size for those who don't want a 1 series brick even if they cost $1000
can be a bit less rugged and not quite 100% VF if they want a bit more to distinguish the 1DX for the rough and tumble PJ
the D800 specs actually sound very close athough you'd haveto argue on 1DX vs top nikon AF and the extra fps are with grip only and apparently only at crop size, all canon would have to do is dirve the extra fps without grip and at FF both of which they can and then they have the D800 beat