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Ralph Conway wrote:
Ralph Conway wrote:
What do you (YES, YOU!) think? And wish?
What I think: In fact, apart from AF I don't have any significant complaints on Canon offerings (apart from clearly intentional crippling like 430EX not being able to turn the head 180deg both ways, or firmware cripples like 300D or 60D MFA), I'd be quite happy camper.
In today's world of AF lenses with short focus path, smaller viewfinders, "bright" focus screens without any optical focus assist like split circle or microprism collar I hold AF very important and a basic feature of a modern camera. If you take a look at Canon's classes of cameras, there isn't such a heavy gap between the flagship and the rest of the pack in any basic camera mechanisms as it is in AF. If we had shutter-segmented cameras as we have AF segmented, it would look like this:
1D: 30s - 1/8000s
5D: 12 - 1/2000
7D: 15 - 1/2500
xxD: 15 - 1/1800
xxxD: 10 - 1/1300
xxxxD: 5 - 1/800
Pretty ridiculous, right? Would you buy a 5D which goes up to 1/2000? While I understand the segmentation concept, I think it is quite unbalanced and set upon a way too important feature of today. Yes I know it's intentional and clever for the profit and shareholders and blahblah. But that doesn't imply that I am to like it.
The problem also is that I can't get my great AF (which I can very much use) without also paying for big (especially big!) and heavy body (which I don't like), for FPS I have no use for, for WR I have no real use for... So naturally I am somewhat sour about this intentionally huge AF gap (somewhat thinned by recent 7D).
What I wish: I wish for an EOS D700. EOS mount, Canon colors, Canon-style body+controls, everything else stays unchanged, for the price of Nikon D700. I'm not being unrealistic with requesting a Ferrari for a Toyota price, am I?
That is not the point. A Ferari would be an Leica equal. Something not needed but to give some stupid people the feeling, they have reached something and need to show it to people. I was talking about the averadge camera to MAKE something: Photographic art. Something you can do with few, but where more gives you more freedom and flexibility. Nobody on this world gets that in driving Ferraris.
So if I understand you right, you ask for a general Canon (wich?) with better AF than 5D II at a Nikon D700 price. That is what we already have cheaper (without FF. But who needs FF?) D7.
Almost right, but not quite what I think. I wish for a small(er)-body lowres Canon with 1D AF. Say, 5D classic with flash, 1x MP FF sensor made by latest technology. 7D as such ain't gonna cut it. Too small pixels, too cropped.
Also small-bodied low-FPS thin-WR 1D3 as-is could work for me. I'm now at 1D3, it's fine apart from size and weight, I don't shoot continuous, and I don't shoot while walking in the rain.
But I do like the AF (I have a high serial number 1D3). Peripheral high precision crosses that work very well with fast primes.