Now we see through a glass, darkly...
- Apr 5, 2016
How would people feel if the 1DXiii was a mirrorless R body, that had no blackout and Canon had solved all issues important to sports/bird photographers? I would actually like this as it would unify my kit, but I wonder if hard core DSLR 1DXii owners would welcome the new mirrorless arrival or would some be upset?
I would think the biggest complaint by pros would be the need for an adapter to all those big white lenses until the R versions came out.
First, my post addresses the AF of the 1DX2 for BIF. For that application, the 1DX2 AF struggles to hold focus in certain circumstances. The AF of the Nikon is measurably more stable. The schizophrenic behavior of the Canon AF is a problem which I hope will be improved in the 1DX3. It is a design issue which is not resolved with camera settings or shooter technique. Here is a link to a thoughtful comparison of the D5 and 1DX2 by one of the most knowledgeable BIF photographers. He succinctly describes the problem of the 1DX2 AF. Worth the read: http://arihazeghiphotography.com/blog/nikon-d5-review/
Cross comparing results for such subject as BIF is very difficult since the skill and the experience of the photographer is the most important factor in the output.
Confirmation bias??? lol. I own and shoot a 1DX2 with the EF 600mm F4 lll. I like my equipment but I am not brand blind. I have used both the D5 and the 1Dx2. Side by side. I shoot with buddies who own the D5. Today, we shot waterfowl on a nearby refuge. Fast flying birds against busy backgrounds. The AF of the D5 holds focus and produces far more keepers. Don't take my word for it, or Ari. Get off the couch and give both a try. BTW It is interesting and encouraging that Canon has recently stated the 1DX3 will feature increased density of AF points (like the D5) and improved AF tracking stability. Hopefully, Canon will fix the nervous AF problem for us BIF shooters.And he says up front
No-one doubts the Nikon is better, but everything Arash says refers to extreme situations and he has been quite open about that, and specific to BIF ( he even describes the differences in how they work and how that impacts BIF). And he has repeatedly says that for a vast majority of shooters (even a vast majority of BIF), the difference in the systems is not the important factor.
Yes, the Nikon is superior, but that is massive difference to saying Canon has 'a problem'. I can almost guarantee that if you managed to use both systems side by side to you would not notice any difference in keeper rate.
But hye, you continue on your path of confirmation bias....