Well, I wouldn't have expected it on the 5D3, but i'm still shocked it wasn't on the 1DX.
Depending on how many pre-orders they get for the 5D3 (and how many cancel their 1DX pre-order), maybe they'll consider adding it to the 1DX before launch?
(or might we see it on the 7D2?)
I can't imagine BIF shooter going back to a 7DII from a 1D4
Ditto. The 1D IV is still pretty much king for BIF w/ TC's. I would love to get a 1D X, but lack of f/8...and the fact that a much cheaper used 1D IV would have it, pretty much answers the question for me.
If i could get a 7D2 at 18-24MP aps-c, 10fps, the 41pt af from the 1d4, but most importantly the f/8 point, and if the IQ of that was as good as the 1D4 (after a few more years of tech research, it's possible), i'd see it as an upgrade from a 1d4.
But yeah, at the moment the 1d4 is an upgrade from the 7d, i'd still be interested in getting one if i could afford it...
Well, IF the 7D2 got f/8 AF, that would be a game changer. There is still a lot going for the 1D IV that will likely never find its way into any lower model, like its build and weather sealing quality. I think f/8 shooting is one of those things (which, sadly, may actually be going away entirely from Canon cameras...and if it really does, then that would be a serious blow to Canon's reputation and might actually cause a lot of photographers who need extreme telephoto reach to ditch the brand.) If, at least for the time being, Canon has dropped f/8 AF, then I foresee the 1D IV becoming an incredibly important component of their pro lineup. I didn't understand the need for f/8 AF before, however having shot birds a lot recently with 400 to 500mm lenses at f/4 to f/5.6, they really just don't have enough reach for full detail frame filling shots. When you move to full frame (or APS-H), the need for extra reach is even more important. A 600mm f/4 with a 2x TC gives you 1200mm at f/8!! That kind of reach almost makes you salivate, and losing the ability to do so would really be one of the biggest blows to my desire to stay with Canon equipment. Sadly, I find the prospects of a 7D II getting f/8 about as likely as peace on earth.