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| p.2 #2 · Nikon F6 or F100? Need reliable AF, comparable to digital SLR. Thoughts? |
I have never used the D2-series or F6 (cameras with Multi-CAM 2000 module). But I've used the D1-series for 8 years for PJ, shooting everything from Division 1 hockey to flowers. One of my friends is a wedding photographer and I sometimes help out.
I recently added an F100.
My conclusion is this: The D1-series and F100 are great if you're the sort of shooter who picks their AF target manually. I'm not a fan of the the dynamic AF with only 5 sensors, except under very specific circumstances. I imagine that the F6 setup would cater better to those who prefer dynamic AF, as the D200 (11 sensors but a slightly different arrangement) is more useful in this mode.
The F6 has its outer AF points near to the rule-of-thirds positions, so again, if you manually select AF sensors 50% of the time, it would be a great choice. The F100, (again going solely by AF, which is not really fair to these excellent cameras) would be a good choice if you manually select sensors 75% of the time.
Nikon and Canon each use a different philosophy. Canon sensors (especially in the 45-pt. systems) tend to be smaller, and geared toward making auto switchover between sensors in the heat of action (what Nikon calls dynamic AF) more fluid. Nikon AF sensors are larger and less densely packed intentionally, (comparing the F100 or F6 to the EOS-1v or EOS 3), and are therefore better suited to manual selection of AF sensors.
By the way, AF assist beams do not work with AF tracking (servo or continuous predictive tracking AF). At least not on Nikon.
Edited on Jun 13, 2013 at 08:03 PM · View previous versions