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| p.1 #6 · 5D II AF system compared to 50D |
I have the 50D and 5Dc. I love the latter, but I understood all the complaints about its AF system a few days ago when I shot at a relative's wedding. The AF system failed me on a number of occasions. The 50D's AF system, on the other hand, is much better.
So, I'm considering upgrading from 5Dc. I know that 5D III would be a no-brainer, but as a serious amateur, I can't justify the price for what I'm going to use it for. Is the 9-pt AF on 5D II comparable to the one on the 50D, particularly the outer points. If so, I think I can persuade myself to buy that (new or used) as a replacement for my 5Dc. The alternative would be the 6D, but since it's not out yet, we don't know how it will behave in the real world.
Personally I thought the 5D2 (supposed to be pretty similar to the 5Dc AF) center point was easily better than the 50D center point and I am talking either one shot or AI Servo tracking. I thought the 5D2 outer points were a bit more precise too.... when they actually locked, which admittedly was quite a bit less often than on the 50D and they did so more slowly when they did too so overall I'd give the outer points to the 50D but easily the center point to the 5D2. But many say the 5D2 AF is pretty similar to the 5Dc, a few say it seems may be tweaked a bit better.