AFMA makes the 5D3 and 1DX work as you should expect. It's a great feature. But the Rebel line of cameras, including this new SL1, work as you should expect without AFMA. Different users, different expectations.
Wait so now you are saying that the 5D3/1DX have worse AF systems and lack the magic system in the Rebel line tht gets away without needing AFMA??QuoteI'm puzzled by some posters' extreme negativity about a manufacturer's "strategy" to make a profit, or to offer a diverse product line that meets different customers' needs and budgets. It is as if all of those factories and highly skilled employees should somehow spend all of their time serving photographers without any profit motive. Hmmmm.
I'm puzzled that there is not one single thing you won't defend. Canon could literally release a boxed rock for $999 and you'd defend the decision I'd bet.
It's nice to know that you will go so far as to even defend trying to make people go to a higher tier to get a camera that won't act broken.
Nobody is saying it needs the 5D3 AF or 10fps! Just: 1. give it MFA so it works to spec 2. give it SOMETHING the t4i didn't have, maybe WIFI stuff?
The answer to your first point: you missed where I said "Different users, different expectations."
Your second point is just absurd. I'm defending the SL1 because I think it's fantastic for what is. Have you seen how small it is? Other than the EOS M (which lacked a viewfinder and decent autofocus) this is the smallest EOS camera ever. I love having this option for a much smaller DSLR that uses any lens in the EF line.
Your phrasing about "a camera that won't act broken" just reflects your personal need for AFMA, even in a $649 camera. Cameras without AFMA don't "act broken" and it is odd to say so. These cameras do work to their specs, just not to your specs.