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| p.3 #6 · Tired of Canon's AF System, Which DSLR is best for MF? |
OP, once you try a 5D viewfinder for MF, you will love it. It's soo much easier to manually focus on FF than on crop.
I moved out of Canon and into Nikon because I find the AF much, much more reliable and repeatable. I finally got the Nikon 50/1.8 and have been pretty much blown away by how good it is over the Canon. Not that Canon is bad optically, but the focus system just didn't work well for me (5D3 did the best, but even there I didn't have good results with fast primes using the outer points). I...Show more →
Good to know. Funny thing is that I made up my mind that I'm switching over to Nikon.
I feel like Nikons lens lineup is better (a lot will disagree but I could care less) as their current AF lenses are actually updated lenses that have excellent AF from what I've read.
My 50 1.8 is garbage. It's even less accurate than my 18-55. You can actually hear it front focusing (when using AI-Servo via back button focus) and it will only lock into tack sharp focus every 2-3 out of 10 shots in my experience with no recompose technique used whatsoever.
I also like the fact that Nikon systems generally allow more user control than Canons and their sensors have better dynamic range and they're renowned for their low noise high iso capabilitys.
I'm going to be going with the D700 (12MP is perfect for me especially with high iso low noise capability's) and I'll be going with all Nikkor MF lenses.
I came to the decision of getting the D700 since for me video on a camera is useless, 12MP is more than enough for me on a FF body, it supposedly is excellent for manual focusing lenses with it's big and bright viewfinder, and can be had for less than a 5Dmkii.
I don't ever think that I could go back to auto focus lenses or systems.
Manual focus a long with fast prime lenses really slows me down and forces me to think about my aperture used and the reason why, my focus point and why, my composition, and I rely on my own mechanical ability's (that come from good old practice) vs an automated computer controlled system (autofocus).
The fast apertures also allow more creative choices to be made when taking a photograph than with a slower lens.
If the pro's 20+ years ago shot all without auto focus (including any type of photography) than I don't see why I can't teach myself to shoot just as fast (but even more accurately) than most photographers today that use the set AF on a set point and than recompose technique.
Not to mention the idea of being able to get vintage fast manual focus lenses on full frame with excellent optics for crazy low prices is extremely appealing.
So unless someone can convince me why another system or camera would be a better choice for the money than a D700 that's the system and camera that I'm going with.
All the best guys and thanks for the advice.