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Will see when it gets here Monday. But I watched that video and I have never seen such a distracting visual experience. I'm shooting a lot of theater any more. These shoots are usually four to five hours nearly continuous with eye the viewfinder. I'm constantly spinning the AF point (I use single point…where I don't want the camera working to figure out the focal point…I know what that should be more than the camera and close enough is not good enough so having the camera search for nearby points is not a realistic option). This is to try and make it so that the photos are interesting and unusual through framing and selective exposure. So having owned and used extensively every 1D camera, when I select an AF point…it stays red. Heck it is even red on the playback in the camera. But it stays red…easy to ignore and perfect because I know exactly where the AF point is and it is just a steady color and the rest of what is in the viewfinder has no color. Also I shoot in servo because people move. That also mean constantly half press and back button to require as the move, people move in front of the subject, etc.
At first blush, the idea of a strobing AF point and in fact the entire viewfinder strobing that I saw in the video that some person shared (that was an excellent example) for five hours sounds nuts to me.
That said, I will give it a try. But I beg to differ with people that don’t think it is a big deal. It may not be for many kinds of the shooting…that I can see, but not everyone shoots the same kind of subjects or event. I’m a member over at Sports Shooter as well. Shooting sports is similar in many ways, being on the AF all the time and wanting to see the AF point is standard practice for many. However there is not enough time to flip AF points a lot so that part is different. This has been discussed there as well, I don’t hear happiness over this feature, that the whole viewfinder strobes…most there that it bothers turn it off so they can’t see the focus points at all. That to me, as a fix, is a big lose from every other 1D camera.
So I will try it out before commenting more. It may not be distracting in use. I have a show to shoot next weekend and chime back in then with experience. Also there seems be a lot of combinations of functions so perhaps that will make a difference individualizing the camera to theatre shooting.
But I have to say watching that video, it made me even more insane that normal. Here is another video http://www.sveino.no/blog/2012/10/18/ny-firmware-til-canon-eos-1dx/ linked off a thread there. I mean really…five hours of that? Say it ain't so…ugh.