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| p.5 #5 · 5d M III Viewfinder illumination and af points! |
It sounds like the 5D3 viewfinder works just like the 7D. That's truly unfortunate. Sure it works, but there are times when it is a major PIA compared to the way it works on a 1DsMkIII.
With the 1DsMkIII, as soon as you hit the focus button in either Servo or One Shot the active focus point lights up as red. You know instantly what is active and whether you have to change it to suit your composition. In One Shot it flashes again when focus is acquired. Very fast under any conditions.
With the 7D if you are in One Shot it will flash when you have acquired focus. That's great except since you may not know where your focus point was to begin with. It really slows things down because you often can't start to set a new focus point until you have focused on something in the wrong part of the frame to find the active focus point. To those who say, "well, I can see the black square easily" that's fine, sitting in a controlled environment. Wait till you try to find it against a black tux in bad light and you have to react instantly to an unexpected moment at a wedding. For those day light sports shooters, wait until the square is on someone's dark pants in a pile-up when you want to put the active point on someone's face and you can't find quickly as you scan the viewfinder. You may be able to find it now, but that's not always going to be true - guaranteed.
In Servo it is even more fun, it never goes to RED. To have it light up you have to hit the joystick. If you are using the * Button to focus that means you have to take your finger off of the focus button to do so which means that you aren't ready to shoot.
Is the 7D system workable? Sure, it is just a lot slower than the way Canon did it on the 1DsMkIII and I assume other cameras and at times very disorienting as you'll find yourself searching for the focus point. Shouldn't have to work this way in a pro level camera.
Someone said, that maybe 7D users didn't know enough to complain. To that person I simply respond - Bite Me. You are probably the same person who asked me "why do expect professional features in a consumer camera" when I complained about it two years ago.