Canon's new 61 pt AF system (1DX, 5D3) smokes Nikon

Started Aug 12, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Yawn - maybe some perspective is needed here
In reply to iShootWideOpen, Aug 13, 2012

iShootWideOpen wrote:

Read (link below) what the ultimate Nikon homer has to say.

All reviews suggest the 5D3 is a great camera, but you'd never know it based on the obsession here with the D800, six months after it was announced.

So here is what Chambers has to say:

"At closer range, my past experience has seen better results, e.g. focusing on eyes for portraits. So my comments must be taken in context of “medium and far” distance, and also with f/1.4 lenses in the 24mm - 85mm range."

I hate to break it you folks, but if 80 feet is moderate, then by Chamber's standards, 85 is a close range kinda lens.

So to put things in perspective:

1. The test only pertains to ONE lens at 80 feet or more shot wide open. That will be of no consequence fo 99% of photographers.

2. Being a classic portrait lens, 99% of shots will be taken within the distance that Chambers says he gets consistent AF results.

3. At 80 feet, a 6 person fills half the frame in landscape orientation or 1/3 of frame in portrait orientation.


1. It is not a problem for anyone shooting portraits
2. It is not a problem for any of the zooms or telephoto lenses

3. It is likely not a problem if you want to take more than one shot (as most wedding shooters tend to)

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