Canon 50D

Started Aug 22, 2008 | Discussions thread
drip01
drip01 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,057
Re: Brian. Q about 1DII vs D300

jeminijoseph wrote:

Since you've used 1dII in the past what do you think about D300 AF? I
still somehow believe that 1D II had one of the best AF. Not sure
about 1D III though because of the reported issues.

How good is D300 compared to 1DII? I was hoping for canon to come out
with a 50D with their 45 point AF. Didn't happen. So I will be a
happy D300 ownder.

D300 is better. Its 51-point 3D tracking actually works, 1D's does not. The Canon system, as well as old Nikon system (as in D2X), tends to focus randomly to whatever has the highest contrast. In either system, I had to step back to center point focus to improve my keeper rate.

In term of AF speed, the pro bodies (N & C) are noticably faster but you could get a couple of in focus images in a series of shots.

The only thing I noticed with D300 is that 51 point was little slow
when I tried it. I use 21 point which is great for BIF since alll the
21 are around center of the frame. Was 1D II better with 45 point?

Have you updated the firmware? Some reported it helps the 51-point AF speed. I used the 51-point 3D tracking to shoot the Shamu under low light, and couldn't be more happier about the results.
http://www.pbase.com/drip/image/101109410

http://www.pbase.com/drip/image/101111558

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