Cannot believe someone is still saying"5D was Never intended for sports",so anything more than 9 point AF is intended for sports???
Alright, lets get all the ducks in a row here. When I say "for sports/action", I think 1D series or D3 series. High end AF systems with loads of cross-type points, advanced tracking algorithms, quality servo control, etc. The 7D would be the lowest end system I can think of that would really qualify as intended sports and action. I see three different qualifications in this respect: designed for, capable of, unusable.
The 5D II with a 9-point AF with a single center cross-type point is NOT designed for
, and barely capable of
capturing sports and action. Its usable for
sports and action, but its far from ideal. Having been stuck with the same type of AF system on my 450D for several years, a single center cross-type point is woefully ineffective to classify such an AF system as "designed for", and in the 450D's case, wasn't really even useful for it either (I shoot birds and wildlife, and so long a they remained very steady or mostly still, AF worked, outside of that, it was the most limiting factor of the camera by a long shot.)
The 7D with its 19-point all cross-type AF, adaptive zones and expansions, and broad point spread over the APS-C sensor area, barely qualifies for what I would say is designed for
, but is most certainly capable of and usable for
sports and action. The same would go for the Nikon D700 AF.
The 40/50/60D with its 9-point all cross-type AF is far from designed for
sports, but is capable of
and certainly usable for
sports and action. The same would go for most Nikon AF systems such as the one used in the D7000, etc. (no question that Nikon has nailed AF on the majority of their models, regardless of grade.)
Given the design of the 5D's AF system, no...it was not designed for sports and action photography. If it instead had a thoroughly capable AF system like the 7D's from the start, or even the 40/50/60D AF, my opinion on that front would be different. But the 5D has always had Canon's WORST AF system, and there is no way, given that, you can logically classify it as a body intended
I think the question everyone has is not whether it IS, but whether it SHOULD BE. The answer to that is obviously highly subjective, however I'm inclined to think that the 5D line is simply not positioned within Canon's lineup to be an awesome performer on the AF front. I think it certainly DESERVES
the 60D AF system...there is no reason the 5D shouldn't have all 9 points fully cross-type, with a high-precision diagonal cross-type in the center. That would at least seem reasonable to me, and wouldn't require more R&D to design a full-frame version of the 7D 19-point AF. They could take the current 9-point design and replace the non-cross points with cross-type points and they should be good to go for a lot less cost than adapting the 7D design. I think it more logically aligns with how the 5D has been positioned in the past, and seems to be a reasonable
expectation from Canon regarding 5D AF...something I can be largely confident of actually receiving when Canon finally releases the next generation 5D.
Anyway...thats my reasoning.