...we used to have to drop $5K in order to get our hands on Canon's pro AF (on a cropped sensor, no less). Now they're releasing a product with the pro AF at a projected $3.5K ...
So, Canon has announced the spec for the 5DIII's AF system? I must have missed that... Even if it has the same number of points as the 1D X (and even that is still a rumor), that doesn't mean it's 'pro AF'. I hope that's what it means, yes, but I'm not holding my breath - the 1-series AF is about more than the number of points.
sure, neuro, we're dealing with rumors here. but I'm addressing people's complaints about a rumor, so I figured taking the content of a rumor at face value is acceptable and even necessary if we're going to have it be a point of discussion. if the rumors aren't valid points of discussion, what are any of us doing here?
To Neuro's point, the rumors have NOT stated that the 5D III AF is actually "pro AF". It simply states its 61pt, and that IS still a rumor, even if its a solid one. As Nero stated, the 1D X AF is about more than just AF points. Its about what type of points, how each type of point is distributed, what kind of camera logic drives the AF, how configurable it is, etc.
All we know at this point is that a solid CR3 rumor states "61pt AF". Assuming anything more is, well, just wild speculation, and is neither rumor nor fact. It may well indeed be on topic here...but I think its important to be realistic...the 5D III has not been rumored to have professional grade AF on the level of the 1-series bodies.