EOS-1D X Mark III
- Jan 29, 2011
I'm not and never have said the AF couldn't be better and I'd like it to be better, of course there are improvements to make and I welcome them and look forwards to them.I get a little tired of this trope that only people who don't know what they are doing complain about the autofocus.
The fact is, many if not most sports shooters still default to single point or single point expanded because virtually none of the other settings do well at locking on a subject when shooting sports. That shows right there that there is room for improvement.
To say that people just need to study the various use cases and refine their choices is a red herring. I can guarantee you that top sports photographers like Peter Read Miller aren't digging through the menu like that. In fact, he says as much on his video channel. If a system isn't intuitive right out of the box it needs work. Canon's autofocus is good, but it definitely can be improved and judging by Canon's own development announcement, they realize that.
My point has always been there is a very small difference between the three top end AF cameras and people heavily criticizing one brand over another brand are almost certainly not using whichever they hate to its full potential.
As for Peter Reed Millers opinion, it is foolish and ultimately he will pay the price. Why would you not explore the tools at your disposal? It's like having a car with different performance settings and never trying any of them because you need to push a button, a pathetic self limitation. Sure things have to work out of the box but does he take the same attitude with exposure?