« on: November 14, 2012, 09:34:24 AM »
There is no way low light AF assist focus accuracy wouldn’t be part of a new camera’s field UAT
I’d love to see the paperwork from the in field testers of this camera.
a) completely incompetent
b) yes men
c) report accurately basic issues and were ignored
I wonder if some of them frequent this web site but can’t say anything
First, real quick, what is UAT? I'm missing it, sorry. Thanks.
So would I!! I think this all the time! Every time I ask the question, "Gee, did anyone actually use this piece of sht when they were designing it???" with regard to many things I've owned over the years, not just cameras. I think that's the reason cameras are so good for the most part, they are very heavily tested and used to determine what features, ergonomics, etc will actually work best. A lot more so than just about any other item I buy.
Whoever is granted the chance to beta test pre-release cameras I'm sure are buried in NDAs and I'm sure they are more than competent to perform the task. They submit their findings and Canon does what they want with them. It can't be any other way. I'm sure the competition would love to get pre-release copies and would pay well for them. So the beta testers are likely very good, very loyal and very discreet.
IMO, there is no way Canon doesn't know about every microscopic detail of this camera as the development proceeds. At the end of the day they released it as it is (after they probably delayed as long as they could) and assume they can continue to fix and improve it after that time with the public's real world testing as a further guide. Canon is likely working with concurrent development timelines of products, not individual product development. We are part of that timeline. This is why I prefer to wait 6-9 months before I buy a new camera, I don't want to be part of the initial bleeding edge beta testing for Canon and pay the high release price for the privilege. At the end of the day, Canon is a business out to make money, not make perfect cameras. When they reach a certain point in the development timeline, it's time to release, period. Because they lose money every week they delay. I'm not saying they didn't delay release, I'm saying eventually they can't delay any longer and if the problems can't be fixed, they'll try to fix them later and let us use them as-is until that time. They are NOT going to scrap the entire project or delay indefinitely just because it doesn't work like we think it should. They probably went too far in development of the AF system to turn back when they realized the low light AF wasn't what they expected from the design. So, quick(!), take that other design we were working on and create the 6D!! And if I'm right, buying a 6D at release time will hopefully result in fewer bugs than usual because the tech in it has already been tested to death in the 5D3 and 1DX and it was merely tweaked and modified in the 6D and put in a different shell. In 6 months, we might be saying that the serious wedding photographer should carry both the 6D for low light and the 5D3 for all other IQ stuff. Fingers crossed....