Issue with Canon Autofocus?

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I'm considering buying the Canon Digital Rebel XT. Someone suggested
that they may have heard that the autofocus on the camera doesn't work
as well as some of the other choices (such as the Pentax or the Nikon).
He had some difficulties, but he thinks it might also have been the
lens. How does the autofocus on that camera compare to similar cameras?

I've seen webpages like...
http://www.canon-dslr.com/
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/canon-controversies.shtml
Have me wondering...
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  1. Archived from groups: rec.photo.digital,rec.photo.digital.slr-systems,rec.photo.equipment.misc (More info?)

    In article <42F71E1C.9020102@yahoo.com>, David P. Summers
    <drscience3000@yahoo.com> wrote:

    > I'm considering buying the Canon Digital Rebel XT. Someone suggested
    > that they may have heard that the autofocus on the camera doesn't work
    > as well as some of the other choices (such as the Pentax or the Nikon).
    > He had some difficulties, but he thinks it might also have been the
    > lens. How does the autofocus on that camera compare to similar cameras?

    If you disable all of the focus points except one, you should have no
    problems.
  2. Archived from groups: rec.photo.digital,rec.photo.digital.slr-systems,rec.photo.equipment.misc (More info?)

    Randall Ainsworth wrote:
    > In article <42F71E1C.9020102@yahoo.com>, David P. Summers
    > <drscience3000@yahoo.com> wrote:
    >
    > > I'm considering buying the Canon Digital Rebel XT. Someone suggested
    > > that they may have heard that the autofocus on the camera doesn't work
    > > as well as some of the other choices (such as the Pentax or the Nikon).
    > > He had some difficulties, but he thinks it might also have been the
    > > lens. How does the autofocus on that camera compare to similar cameras?
    >
    > If you disable all of the focus points except one, you should have no
    > problems.

    Autofocus is a tool. It will focus on whatever is the most prominent
    item in your shot. If you are behind a fence in a zoo and shot the
    animal, the lens may focus on the fence instead of the animal. If you
    are at a hockey game, behind the netting at the end of the rink, the
    lens might focus on the netting instead of the action on the ice. You
    have to know when to use the auto focus, and when to turn it off.

    Auto focus is a tool.

    roland
  3. Archived from groups: rec.photo.digital,rec.photo.digital.slr-systems,rec.photo.equipment.misc (More info?)

    "David P. Summers" <drscience3000@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:42F71E1C.9020102@yahoo.com...
    > I'm considering buying the Canon Digital Rebel XT. Someone suggested
    > that they may have heard that the autofocus on the camera doesn't work
    > as well as some of the other choices (such as the Pentax or the Nikon).
    > He had some difficulties, but he thinks it might also have been the
    > lens. How does the autofocus on that camera compare to similar cameras?
    >

    Depends on the lens.

    > I've seen webpages like...
    > http://www.canon-dslr.com/
    > http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/canon-controversies.shtml
    > Have me wondering...
    >

    Those have nothing to do with the Rebel XT. Are you just a troll?

    Greg
  4. Archived from groups: rec.photo.digital,rec.photo.digital.slr-systems,rec.photo.equipment.misc (More info?)

    >I'm considering buying the Canon Digital Rebel XT. Someone suggested
    >that they may have heard that the autofocus on the camera doesn't work
    >as well as some of the other choices

    There was a problem with AF accuracy on some unquantified percent of
    the 10D's but I've not seen anything mentioned about the Rebel having a
    similar problem.
  5. Archived from groups: rec.photo.digital,rec.photo.digital.slr-systems,rec.photo.equipment.misc (More info?)

    "David P. Summers" <drscience3000@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:42F71E1C.9020102@yahoo.com...
    > I'm considering buying the Canon Digital Rebel XT. Someone suggested that
    > they may have heard that the autofocus on the camera doesn't work as well
    > as some of the other choices (such as the Pentax or the Nikon). He had
    > some difficulties, but he thinks it might also have been the lens. How
    > does the autofocus on that camera compare to similar cameras?
    >
    > I've seen webpages like...
    > http://www.canon-dslr.com/
    > http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/canon-controversies.shtml
    > Have me wondering...
    >

    I would look to see if the actuator pin that moves the autofocus mirror is
    plastic, or metal. The digital Rebel EOS 300d is plastic, and mine broke at
    9000 shutter clicks. Not happy. I don't know if the XT is plastic or metal,
    but supposedly the higher end cam's are metal. The function of the autofocus
    is fine, its the long term durability I am questioning.
  6. Archived from groups: rec.photo.digital,rec.photo.digital.slr-systems,rec.photo.equipment.misc (More info?)

    David A wrote:

    > I would look to see if the actuator pin that moves the autofocus mirror is
    > plastic, or metal.

    What "actuator pin" of what "autofocus mirror"? The only moving parts
    in the system are the focus motors.

    > The digital Rebel EOS 300d is plastic, and mine broke at
    > 9000 shutter clicks. Not happy. I don't know if the XT is plastic or metal,
    > but supposedly the higher end cam's are metal. The function of the autofocus
    > is fine, its the long term durability I am questioning.

    http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&q=define%3AFUD&btnG=Google+Search&meta=
  7. Archived from groups: rec.photo.digital,rec.photo.digital.slr-systems,rec.photo.equipment.misc (More info?)

    G.T. wrote:

    >
    > "David P. Summers" <drscience3000@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    > news:42F71E1C.9020102@yahoo.com...
    >> I'm considering buying the Canon Digital Rebel XT. Someone suggested
    >> that they may have heard that the autofocus on the camera doesn't work
    >> as well as some of the other choices (such as the Pentax or the Nikon).
    >> He had some difficulties, but he thinks it might also have been the
    >> lens. How does the autofocus on that camera compare to similar cameras?
    >>
    >
    > Depends on the lens.
    >
    >> I've seen webpages like...
    >> http://www.canon-dslr.com/
    >> http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/canon-controversies.shtml
    >> Have me wondering...
    >>
    >
    > Those have nothing to do with the Rebel XT. Are you just a troll?
    >


    Of course he is, he didn't post "Damn my canon camera RULES!!!"!

    How dare this guy ask a question here about a possible concern. Everyone
    knows Canon has ZERO problems with their AF.

    --

    Stacey
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    G.T. wrote:

    >
    > "Stacey" <fotocord@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >>
    >> How dare this guy ask a question here about a possible concern. Everyone
    >> knows Canon has ZERO problems with their AF.
    >>
    >
    > Who cares when he's pointing to websites that have nothing to do with the
    > Rebel XT?
    >

    They use the same lens right? People seem to blame AF problems on the lens
    used rather than the body used so he has a valid concern IMHO.
    --

    Stacey
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    In article <3lqdulF13ictmU2@individual.net>, Stacey
    <fotocord@yahoo.com> wrote:

    > They use the same lens right? People seem to blame AF problems on the lens
    > used rather than the body used so he has a valid concern IMHO.

    But then, we've already seen that you suffer from a severe case of DKS.
  10. Archived from groups: rec.photo.digital,rec.photo.digital.slr-systems,rec.photo.equipment.misc (More info?)

    On Mon, 08 Aug 2005 18:59:08 GMT, "David A" <Hoofr@verizon.net> wrote:

    >
    >"David P. Summers" <drscience3000@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >news:42F71E1C.9020102@yahoo.com...
    >> I'm considering buying the Canon Digital Rebel XT. Someone suggested that
    >> they may have heard that the autofocus on the camera doesn't work as well
    >> as some of the other choices (such as the Pentax or the Nikon). He had
    >> some difficulties, but he thinks it might also have been the lens. How
    >> does the autofocus on that camera compare to similar cameras?
    >>
    >> I've seen webpages like...
    >> http://www.canon-dslr.com/
    >> http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/canon-controversies.shtml
    >> Have me wondering...
    >>
    >
    >I would look to see if the actuator pin that moves the autofocus mirror is
    >plastic, or metal. The digital Rebel EOS 300d is plastic, and mine broke at
    >9000 shutter clicks. Not happy. I don't know if the XT is plastic or metal,
    >but supposedly the higher end cam's are metal. The function of the autofocus
    >is fine, its the long term durability I am questioning.
    >

    So much for the durability and resiliency of polycarbonate versus
    metal.
  11. Archived from groups: rec.photo.digital,rec.photo.digital.slr-systems,rec.photo.equipment.misc (More info?)

    "RichA" <none@none.com> wrote in message
    news:o73gf1lsc0msqvuqpddvkdvkdrosr105vk@4ax.com...
    > On Mon, 08 Aug 2005 18:59:08 GMT, "David A" <Hoofr@verizon.net> wrote:
    >
    > >
    > >"David P. Summers" <drscience3000@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    > >news:42F71E1C.9020102@yahoo.com...
    > >> I'm considering buying the Canon Digital Rebel XT. Someone suggested
    that
    > >> they may have heard that the autofocus on the camera doesn't work as
    well
    > >> as some of the other choices (such as the Pentax or the Nikon). He had
    > >> some difficulties, but he thinks it might also have been the lens. How
    > >> does the autofocus on that camera compare to similar cameras?
    > >>
    > >> I've seen webpages like...
    > >> http://www.canon-dslr.com/
    > >> http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/canon-controversies.shtml
    > >> Have me wondering...
    > >>
    > >
    > >I would look to see if the actuator pin that moves the autofocus mirror
    is
    > >plastic, or metal. The digital Rebel EOS 300d is plastic, and mine broke
    at
    > >9000 shutter clicks. Not happy. I don't know if the XT is plastic or
    metal,
    > >but supposedly the higher end cam's are metal. The function of the
    autofocus
    > >is fine, its the long term durability I am questioning.
    > >
    >
    > So much for the durability and resiliency of polycarbonate versus
    > metal.

    You're a tool, Rich, a real tool.

    Greg
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    G.T. wrote:
    > "David P. Summers" <drscience3000@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    > news:42F71E1C.9020102@yahoo.com...
    >
    >>I'm considering buying the Canon Digital Rebel XT. Someone suggested
    >>that they may have heard that the autofocus on the camera doesn't work
    >>as well as some of the other choices (such as the Pentax or the Nikon).
    >>He had some difficulties, but he thinks it might also have been the
    >>lens. How does the autofocus on that camera compare to similar cameras?
    >>
    >
    >
    > Depends on the lens.

    Are you saying it may have trouble with some lenses? Or that some
    lenses have trouble? Or that there is not problem other than how some
    people use some lenses?

    >
    >
    >>I've seen webpages like...
    >>http://www.canon-dslr.com/
    >>http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/canon-controversies.shtml
    >>Have me wondering...
    >>
    >
    >
    > Those have nothing to do with the Rebel XT.

    Well, one didn't say, and the other was a predicesor model. If there
    was a problem with a previous model, the question is, was it fixed? If
    not, then that would say that what I've heard can be discounted...

    >Are you just a troll?

    I'm someone trying to figure out if a concern about a purchase is a real
    issue. I don't know why using the internet has to mean someone will
    question your motives even when you are being quite sincere.
  13. Archived from groups: rec.photo.digital,rec.photo.digital.slr-systems,rec.photo.equipment.misc (More info?)

    "David P. Summers" <drscience3000@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:42F80647.6070907@yahoo.com...
    >
    >
    > G.T. wrote:
    > > "David P. Summers" <drscience3000@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    > > news:42F71E1C.9020102@yahoo.com...
    > >
    > >>I'm considering buying the Canon Digital Rebel XT. Someone suggested
    > >>that they may have heard that the autofocus on the camera doesn't work
    > >>as well as some of the other choices (such as the Pentax or the Nikon).
    > >>He had some difficulties, but he thinks it might also have been the
    > >>lens. How does the autofocus on that camera compare to similar cameras?
    > >>
    > >
    > >
    > > Depends on the lens.
    >
    > Are you saying it may have trouble with some lenses?

    Different lenses are slower to focus, or may not focus at all in dim light.
    But you will know it.

    > Or that some
    > lenses have trouble? Or that there is not problem other than how some
    > people use some lenses?
    >
    > >
    > >
    > >>I've seen webpages like...
    > >>http://www.canon-dslr.com/
    > >>http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/canon-controversies.shtml
    > >>Have me wondering...
    > >>
    > >
    > >
    > > Those have nothing to do with the Rebel XT.
    >
    > Well, one didn't say, and the other was a predicesor model. If there
    > was a problem with a previous model, the question is, was it fixed? If
    > not, then that would say that what I've heard can be discounted...
    >
    > >Are you just a troll?
    >
    > I'm someone trying to figure out if a concern about a purchase is a real
    > issue. I don't know why using the internet has to mean someone will
    > question your motives even when you are being quite sincere.

    If you were all that sincere you wouldn't be quoting web pages that have
    nothing to do with the Rebel XT. The date on one is from 2004 long before
    the XT was released, and the other is regarding the 10D, a camera that is
    two revisions before the XT.

    Greg
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    Randall Ainsworth wrote:
    > In article <42F71E1C.9020102@yahoo.com>, David P. Summers
    > <drscience3000@yahoo.com> wrote:
    >
    >
    >>I'm considering buying the Canon Digital Rebel XT. Someone suggested
    >>that they may have heard that the autofocus on the camera doesn't work
    >>as well as some of the other choices (such as the Pentax or the Nikon).
    >>He had some difficulties, but he thinks it might also have been the
    >>lens. How does the autofocus on that camera compare to similar cameras?
    >
    >
    > If you disable all of the focus points except one, you should have no
    > problems.

    So you feel the canon has not problems with focus, its just a matter of
    some people not understanding how autofocus works? Why the attention on
    canon (if this is common to all the cameras)? Because they are the most
    popular?
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    piperut wrote:
    > Randall Ainsworth wrote:
    >
    >>In article <42F71E1C.9020102@yahoo.com>, David P. Summers
    >><drscience3000@yahoo.com> wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >>>I'm considering buying the Canon Digital Rebel XT. Someone suggested
    >>>that they may have heard that the autofocus on the camera doesn't work
    >>>as well as some of the other choices (such as the Pentax or the Nikon).
    >>>He had some difficulties, but he thinks it might also have been the
    >>>lens. How does the autofocus on that camera compare to similar cameras?
    >>
    >>If you disable all of the focus points except one, you should have no
    >>problems.
    >
    >
    > Autofocus is a tool. It will focus on whatever is the most prominent
    > item in your shot. If you are behind a fence in a zoo and shot the
    > animal, the lens may focus on the fence instead of the animal. If you
    > are at a hockey game, behind the netting at the end of the rink, the
    > lens might focus on the netting instead of the action on the ice. You
    > have to know when to use the auto focus, and when to turn it off.
    >
    > Auto focus is a tool.
    >
    So as I asked the previous poster, you feel the canon has not problems
    with focus, its just a matter of some people not understanding how
    autofocus works?

    And you feel that people are focusing on Canon because they are the most
    common?
  16. Archived from groups: rec.photo.digital,rec.photo.digital.slr-systems,rec.photo.equipment.misc (More info?)

    Bill Hilton wrote:
    >>I'm considering buying the Canon Digital Rebel XT. Someone suggested
    >>that they may have heard that the autofocus on the camera doesn't work
    >>as well as some of the other choices
    >
    >
    > There was a problem with AF accuracy on some unquantified percent of
    > the 10D's but I've not seen anything mentioned about the Rebel having a
    > similar problem.
    >

    Thanks! Thats good to know.
  17. Archived from groups: rec.photo.digital,rec.photo.digital.slr-systems,rec.photo.equipment.misc (More info?)

    G.T. wrote:
    > "David P. Summers" <drscience3000@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    > news:42F71E1C.9020102@yahoo.com...
    >
    >>I'm considering buying the Canon Digital Rebel XT. Someone suggested
    >>that they may have heard that the autofocus on the camera doesn't work
    >>as well as some of the other choices (such as the Pentax or the Nikon).
    >>He had some difficulties, but he thinks it might also have been the
    >>lens. How does the autofocus on that camera compare to similar cameras?
    >>
    >
    >
    > Depends on the lens.

    That isn't that useful. Are you saying it may have trouble with some
    lenses? Or that some lenses have trouble? Or that there is no problem
    other than how some people use some lenses?


    >
    >
    >>I've seen webpages like...
    >>http://www.canon-dslr.com/
    >>http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/canon-controversies.shtml
    >>Have me wondering...
    >>
    >
    >
    > Those have nothing to do with the Rebel XT.

    Again, not giving any real help. These indicate a problem with a
    predecessor model. Such problems can, esp. if not address, keep coming
    up in later models? You feel that there may have been a problem with
    previous models? Or do you just feel that one should be concerned with
    problems in a similar model to what you are looking at?

    >Are you just a troll?

    I'm someone trying to figure out if a concern about a purchase is a real
    issue.
    Why do people, rather than look at why you might be sincere, try and
    find reasons to be dismissive?
  18. Archived from groups: rec.photo.digital,rec.photo.digital.slr-systems,rec.photo.equipment.misc (More info?)

    In article <42F71E1C.9020102@yahoo.com>, drscience3000@yahoo.com says...
    > I'm considering buying the Canon Digital Rebel XT. Someone suggested
    > that they may have heard that the autofocus on the camera doesn't work
    > as well as some of the other choices (such as the Pentax or the Nikon).
    > He had some difficulties, but he thinks it might also have been the
    > lens. How does the autofocus on that camera compare to similar cameras?
    >
    > I've seen webpages like...
    > http://www.canon-dslr.com/
    > http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/canon-controversies.shtml
    > Have me wondering...

    It's more of an issue of users expecting to much from any autofocus
    system.

    Use the center AF point and you won't have any problems.
    --
    http://www.pbase.com/bcbaird
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    In article <o73gf1lsc0msqvuqpddvkdvkdrosr105vk@4ax.com>, none@none.com
    says...
    > >I would look to see if the actuator pin that moves the autofocus mirror is
    > >plastic, or metal. The digital Rebel EOS 300d is plastic, and mine broke at
    > >9000 shutter clicks. Not happy. I don't know if the XT is plastic or metal,
    > >but supposedly the higher end cam's are metal. The function of the autofocus
    > >is fine, its the long term durability I am questioning.
    > >
    >
    > So much for the durability and resiliency of polycarbonate versus
    > metal.

    It probably wasn't polycarbonate, doofus.
    --
    http://www.pbase.com/bcbaird
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    "Brian Baird" <no@no.thank.u> wrote in message
    news:MPG.1d62036c423392469897cc@news.verizon.net...
    > In article <o73gf1lsc0msqvuqpddvkdvkdrosr105vk@4ax.com>, none@none.com
    > says...
    > > >I would look to see if the actuator pin that moves the autofocus mirror
    is
    > > >plastic, or metal. The digital Rebel EOS 300d is plastic, and mine
    broke at
    > > >9000 shutter clicks. Not happy. I don't know if the XT is plastic or
    metal,
    > > >but supposedly the higher end cam's are metal. The function of the
    autofocus
    > > >is fine, its the long term durability I am questioning.
    > > >
    > >
    > > So much for the durability and resiliency of polycarbonate versus
    > > metal.
    >
    > It probably wasn't polycarbonate, doofus.

    And even if it was wear and impact resistance are two entirely different
    things. But shame on Canon for specing the wrong material for the
    application. Reminds me of my ex-wife's Ford Escort that had a notorious
    problem with the inlet or outlet tube of the heater core constantly snapping
    off of the core. The $150 OEM part had plastic tubes glued to the core
    while the $30 aftermarket part had brass tubes soldered to the core.

    Greg
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    On Tue, 09 Aug 2005 01:23:56 GMT, "David P. Summers"
    <drscience3000@yahoo.com> wrote:

    >
    >
    >G.T. wrote:
    >> "David P. Summers" <drscience3000@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >> news:42F71E1C.9020102@yahoo.com...
    >>
    >>>I'm considering buying the Canon Digital Rebel XT. Someone suggested
    >>>that they may have heard that the autofocus on the camera doesn't work
    >>>as well as some of the other choices (such as the Pentax or the Nikon).
    >>>He had some difficulties, but he thinks it might also have been the
    >>>lens. How does the autofocus on that camera compare to similar cameras?
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >> Depends on the lens.
    >
    >Are you saying it may have trouble with some lenses? Or that some
    >lenses have trouble? Or that there is not problem other than how some
    >people use some lenses?
    >
    >>
    >>
    >>>I've seen webpages like...
    >>>http://www.canon-dslr.com/
    >>>http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/canon-controversies.shtml
    >>>Have me wondering...
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >> Those have nothing to do with the Rebel XT.
    >
    >Well, one didn't say, and the other was a predicesor model. If there
    >was a problem with a previous model, the question is, was it fixed? If
    >not, then that would say that what I've heard can be discounted...
    >
    > >Are you just a troll?
    >
    >I'm someone trying to figure out if a concern about a purchase is a real
    >issue. I don't know why using the internet has to mean someone will
    >question your motives even when you are being quite sincere.

    Personal opinion:
    If, after reading the published reviews, as well as other sites
    discussing he camera, you're not sure if it is the camera you should
    buy, then don't buy it. There are many other choices out there. It
    won't bother other Canon users at all.

    --
    Bill Funk
    replace "g" with "a"
    funktionality.blogspot.com
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    I would say all non manufacturer lenses can have probems
    I had a Pentax MZ5 with a Sigma 170-500. It used to hunt a lot and was slow
    whilst focusing. When I switched to digital I bought the 300D with another
    Sigma 170-500 and a Tamron 70-300. The Sigma hunted and the Tamron was dog
    slow. Bought a canon 100-400IS L and wow, Replaced the Tamron witha Canon
    75-300 USM III (did not have funds for the IS) and dead happy with speed and
    focusing capabilities. I have had no problem since fitting Canon lenses to
    my 300D and 350D, just miss the 500mm though

    Charlie


    "David P. Summers" <drscience3000@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:42F80647.6070907@yahoo.com...
    >
    >
    > G.T. wrote:
    >> "David P. Summers" <drscience3000@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >> news:42F71E1C.9020102@yahoo.com...
    >>
    >>>I'm considering buying the Canon Digital Rebel XT. Someone suggested
    >>>that they may have heard that the autofocus on the camera doesn't work
    >>>as well as some of the other choices (such as the Pentax or the Nikon).
    >>>He had some difficulties, but he thinks it might also have been the
    >>>lens. How does the autofocus on that camera compare to similar cameras?
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >> Depends on the lens.
    >
    > Are you saying it may have trouble with some lenses? Or that some lenses
    > have trouble? Or that there is not problem other than how some people use
    > some lenses?
    >
    >>
    >>
    >>>I've seen webpages like...
    >>>http://www.canon-dslr.com/
    >>>http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/canon-controversies.shtml
    >>>Have me wondering...
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >> Those have nothing to do with the Rebel XT.
    >
    > Well, one didn't say, and the other was a predicesor model. If there was
    > a problem with a previous model, the question is, was it fixed? If not,
    > then that would say that what I've heard can be discounted...
    >
    > >Are you just a troll?
    >
    > I'm someone trying to figure out if a concern about a purchase is a real
    > issue. I don't know why using the internet has to mean someone will
    > question your motives even when you are being quite sincere.
    >
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    >David Summers wrote ...
    >
    >Thanks to Larry and everyone else who posted useful comments. I think
    >I undestand the issue a bit better and will ponder what has been said

    Here's a site which discusses the 10D "problem" in detail, you'll
    probably find it interesting. As mentioned earlier, the Rebel XT model
    you are looking at doesn't have this problem (neither did most of the
    10D's, but some did).

    http://www.photo.net/learn/focustest/

    Bill
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    In article <dikhf199hu6csephpirmvc5lr86hm6okje@4ax.com>, BigBill@there.com
    says...
    > >
    > >I'm someone trying to figure out if a concern about a purchase is a real
    > >issue. I don't know why using the internet has to mean someone will
    > >question your motives even when you are being quite sincere.
    >

    There are no OUTSTANDING issues with the XT. If you want the camera, buy it,
    and use it.

    If yours has issues you can return it to any REPUTABLE dealer. Canon bashers
    have come up with some issues abourt the XT, as well as the '20 and he
    original Drebel, but for the most part they are parroting anecdotal
    experiences of people who :

    1. had a defective lens

    or

    2. had a defective camera

    or

    3. dont know hoe to use a DSLR.


    No camera is perfect, they all have some compromises, and it is up to you to
    decide which compromise you are willing to put up with.


    --
    Larry Lynch
    Mystic, Ct.
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    G.T. wrote:

    >>
    >>I'm someone trying to figure out if a concern about a purchase is a real
    >>issue. I don't know why using the internet has to mean someone will
    >>question your motives even when you are being quite sincere.
    >
    >
    > If you were all that sincere you wouldn't be quoting web pages that have
    > nothing to do with the Rebel XT. The date on one is from 2004 long
    before
    > the XT was released, and the other is regarding the 10D, a camera that is
    > two revisions before the XT.

    I think it is relevant. They speak to whether canon has a fundamental
    problem in their focusing. You may disagree, but that doesn't mean
    someone else isn't sincere. I tried responding with a post asking for
    you to elaborate, but not luck

    I'm sorry, but you have been one of the least helpful posters here. You
    have done nothing but try to be dismissive and assume that nobody might
    have a concern where you don't. When you do say something, it is a
    short comment that really doesn't say anything.

    It seems clear that using charges of "trolling" are now a way of trying
    to silence posts that one doesn't care for.
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    "David P. Summers" <drscience3000@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:42F8E63D.9050806@yahoo.com...
    >
    >
    > G.T. wrote:
    >
    > >>
    > >>I'm someone trying to figure out if a concern about a purchase is a
    real
    > >>issue. I don't know why using the internet has to mean someone will
    > >>question your motives even when you are being quite sincere.
    > >
    > >
    > > If you were all that sincere you wouldn't be quoting web pages that
    have
    > > nothing to do with the Rebel XT. The date on one is from 2004 long
    > before
    > > the XT was released, and the other is regarding the 10D, a camera that
    is
    > > two revisions before the XT.
    >
    > I think it is relevant. They speak to whether canon has a fundamental
    > problem in their focusing. You may disagree, but that doesn't mean
    > someone else isn't sincere. I tried responding with a post asking for
    > you to elaborate, but not luck
    >

    Elaborate on what? There was nothing to elaborate on. Please point to one
    report that suggests that Canon has a fundamental problem in their focusing.
    I assume you know how to use a search engine. You picked a couple of sites
    that discuss a camera that may as well be considered an antique in the
    digital world and I pointed that out. I did the same as everyone else has
    done but in much less waste of words. Do you really need me to type a 500
    word essay telling you that you are referencing out of date material? If
    so, I can accomodate.

    > I'm sorry, but you have been one of the least helpful posters here. You
    > have done nothing but try to be dismissive and assume that nobody might
    > have a concern where you don't. When you do say something, it is a
    > short comment that really doesn't say anything.
    >

    It said everything that needed to be said, most importantly: "Those have
    nothing to do with the Rebel XT." Again, if you have any sites that bring
    up fundamental flaws in Canon focusing or specifically the Rebel XT then by
    all means bring them up. Otherwise, you're just being obnoxious.

    > It seems clear that using charges of "trolling" are now a way of trying
    > to silence posts that one doesn't care for.

    It seems clear that the trolls are "trolling" even though they don't think
    they are.

    BTW, did you try Googling on Rebel XT focus problems? If so, were the 10D
    pages the only ones that came up? If not, how did you come up with those
    10D pages? The Rebel XT has been out 6 months or so, you seem like an
    intelligent person, don't you think there would be a wealth of sites
    documenting any focus problems with the XT? And yet you only came up with
    10D problems. Doesn't that tell you something?

    Greg
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    Thanks to Larry and everyone else who posted useful comments. I think I
    undestand the issue a bit better and will ponder what has been said...

    Larry wrote:
    > In article <dikhf199hu6csephpirmvc5lr86hm6okje@4ax.com>, BigBill@there.com
    > says...
    >
    >>>I'm someone trying to figure out if a concern about a purchase is a real
    >>>issue. I don't know why using the internet has to mean someone will
    >>>question your motives even when you are being quite sincere.
    >>
    >
    > There are no OUTSTANDING issues with the XT. If you want the camera, buy it,
    > and use it.
    >
    > If yours has issues you can return it to any REPUTABLE dealer. Canon bashers
    > have come up with some issues abourt the XT, as well as the '20 and he
    > original Drebel, but for the most part they are parroting anecdotal
    > experiences of people who :
    >
    > 1. had a defective lens
    >
    > or
    >
    > 2. had a defective camera
    >
    > or
    >
    > 3. dont know hoe to use a DSLR.
    >
    >
    > No camera is perfect, they all have some compromises, and it is up to you to
    > decide which compromise you are willing to put up with.
    >
    >
  28. Archived from groups: rec.photo.digital,rec.photo.digital.slr-systems,rec.photo.equipment.misc (More info?)

    In article <1123614985.327926.106100@g43g2000cwa.googlegroups.com>,
    Bill Hilton <bhilton665@aol.com> wrote:


    I don't take too many pictures of lines on paper.
  29. Archived from groups: rec.photo.digital,rec.photo.digital.slr-systems,rec.photo.equipment.misc (More info?)

    RichA wrote:
    >
    <snip>
    > >I would look to see if the actuator pin that moves the autofocus mirror is
    > >plastic, or metal. The digital Rebel EOS 300d is plastic, and mine broke at
    > >9000 shutter clicks. Not happy. I don't know if the XT is plastic or metal,
    > >but supposedly the higher end cam's are metal. The function of the autofocus
    > >is fine, its the long term durability I am questioning.
    > >
    >
    > So much for the durability and resiliency of polycarbonate versus
    > metal.

    Jesus, Rich, you'll grab any straw to make your point, won't you?
    You're as bad as Stacey. Nobody has said the actuator is made from
    polycarbonate, probably nobody except Canon knows what it's made of.
    The BODY is polycarbonate - the same stuff they make aircraft
    windshields from. Tupperware it's not.

    Get a grip.

    Colin D.
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    In article <11fgiqm5pk6qj5b@corp.supernews.com>, getnews1@dslextreme.com
    says...
    > But shame on Canon for specing the wrong material for the
    > application. Reminds me of my ex-wife's Ford Escort that had a notorious
    > problem with the inlet or outlet tube of the heater core constantly snapping
    > off of the core. The $150 OEM part had plastic tubes glued to the core
    > while the $30 aftermarket part had brass tubes soldered to the core.

    I don't know exactly what the material is (I don't have the camera, and
    if I did I'm not going to take it apart to find out) but I'd say the
    issue with the shutter doesn't seem to be widely reported.

    But the Ford thing... yeah... Ford engineers are retarded at times.
    --
    http://www.pbase.com/bcbaird
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    G.T. wrote:
    >
    >
    >>It seems clear that using charges of "trolling" are now a way of trying
    >>to silence posts that one doesn't care for.
    >
    >
    > It seems clear that the trolls are "trolling" even though they don't think
    > they are.

    Trolling, at least in all the newsgroups I've been in, refer deliberate
    attempts to post in a way that stirs up controversy rather than a
    sincere attempt to discuss and issue. It is not simply talking about
    something controversial, posting something you don't agree with, or even
    being wrong about something. You can't troll by "accident".

    I must say that you are simply casting for way to label post as trolls
    because you don't like them.

    >
    > BTW, did you try Googling on Rebel XT focus problems? If so, were the 10D
    > pages the only ones that came up?

    Yes I did. I am now aware of the difference in problems between the 10D
    and the Rebel XT. But I would never have learned it from you....
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    "David P. Summers" <drscience3000@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:42FA9DD1.8090402@yahoo.com...
    >
    >
    > G.T. wrote:
    > >
    >
    > >
    > > BTW, did you try Googling on Rebel XT focus problems? If so, were the
    10D
    > > pages the only ones that came up?
    >
    > Yes I did. I am now aware of the difference in problems between the 10D
    > and the Rebel XT. But I would never have learned it from you....
    >

    You didn't need me or anyone else for that matter. You just needed to use
    your brain.

    Greg
  33. Archived from groups: rec.photo.digital,rec.photo.digital.slr-systems,rec.photo.equipment.misc (More info?)

    Bill Hilton wrote:
    >>David Summers wrote ...
    >>
    >>Thanks to Larry and everyone else who posted useful comments. I think
    >>I undestand the issue a bit better and will ponder what has been said
    >
    >
    > Here's a site which discusses the 10D "problem" in detail, you'll
    > probably find it interesting. As mentioned earlier, the Rebel XT model
    > you are looking at doesn't have this problem (neither did most of the
    > 10D's, but some did).
    >
    > http://www.photo.net/learn/focustest/

    Yeah, I'm clearer on the 10D issue.

    I've been looking around and all the professional reviewers I've seen
    think the autofocus is good. OTOH, there is a small, but persistent
    trickle of user complaining about it. That doesn't seem to be true of
    the Nikon. Is it a symptom of problem with some cameras? Is it simply
    that there are more Canons out there (and so more users to complain)?
    Is it that the autofocus works OK, but is harder to use well? I don't know.

    I like the 8 Mpixels feature, but I'm thinking of going with the Nikon
    (what is the different between the D50 and the D70?), if only because
    I'm afraid I will be overly critical of the focus if I get the Canon.
  34. Archived from groups: rec.photo.digital,rec.photo.digital.slr-systems,rec.photo.equipment.misc (More info?)

    In article <42FA9F27.1080904@yahoo.com>, drscience3000@yahoo.com says...
    > I like the 8 Mpixels feature, but I'm thinking of going with the Nikon
    > (what is the different between the D50 and the D70?), if only because
    > I'm afraid I will be overly critical of the focus if I get the Canon.

    I've seen some Nikon measurebators that were just as bad as the Canon
    ones.

    In any case, get the camera that fits you, and for the love of god,
    don't measurebate! You'll go blind.
    --
    http://www.pbase.com/bcbaird
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    G.T. wrote:
    > "David P. Summers" <drscience3000@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    > news:42FA9DD1.8090402@yahoo.com...
    >
    >>
    >>G.T. wrote:
    >>
    >>>BTW, did you try Googling on Rebel XT focus problems? If so, were the
    >>
    > 10D
    >
    >>>pages the only ones that came up?
    >>
    >>Yes I did. I am now aware of the difference in problems between the 10D
    >>and the Rebel XT. But I would never have learned it from you....
    >>
    >
    >
    > You didn't need me or anyone else for that matter. You just needed to use
    > your brain.

    So you decided to deride my reasons for posting?

    A suggestion, if you think someone is being dumb (and clearly you are
    quick to think that), and you don't have anything postive to contribute,
    maybe you should just not say anything rather than, for example, trying
    to call them a troll?
  36. Archived from groups: rec.photo.digital,rec.photo.digital.slr-systems,rec.photo.equipment.misc (More info?)

    Brian Baird wrote:
    > In article <42FA9F27.1080904@yahoo.com>, drscience3000@yahoo.com says...
    >
    >>I like the 8 Mpixels feature, but I'm thinking of going with the Nikon
    >>(what is the different between the D50 and the D70?), if only because
    >>I'm afraid I will be overly critical of the focus if I get the Canon.
    >
    >
    > I've seen some Nikon measurebators that were just as bad as the Canon
    > ones.
    >
    > In any case, get the camera that fits you, and for the love of god,
    > don't measurebate! You'll go blind.

    Measurebate?
  37. Archived from groups: rec.photo.digital,rec.photo.digital.slr-systems,rec.photo.equipment.misc (More info?)

    "David P. Summers" <drscience3000@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:42FB0956.8060706@yahoo.com...
    >
    >
    > G.T. wrote:
    > > "David P. Summers" <drscience3000@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    > > news:42FA9DD1.8090402@yahoo.com...
    > >
    > >>
    > >>G.T. wrote:
    > >>
    > >>>BTW, did you try Googling on Rebel XT focus problems? If so, were the
    > >>
    > > 10D
    > >
    > >>>pages the only ones that came up?
    > >>
    > >>Yes I did. I am now aware of the difference in problems between the 10D
    > >>and the Rebel XT. But I would never have learned it from you....
    > >>
    > >
    > >
    > > You didn't need me or anyone else for that matter. You just needed to
    use
    > > your brain.
    >
    > So you decided to deride my reasons for posting?

    I didn't until you started going on and on trying to justify your lame ass
    choice of samples of focusing problems.

    >
    > A suggestion, if you think someone is being dumb (and clearly you are
    > quick to think that), and you don't have anything postive to contribute,
    > maybe you should just not say anything rather than, for example, trying
    > to call them a troll?
    >

    Dude, I gave you an answer. I said that what you were reading had nothing
    to do with a Rebel XT. Really simple and obvious, I mean REALLY SIMPLE.

    Greg
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    In article <42FB0995.7030407@yahoo.com>, drscience3000@yahoo.com says...
    > > I've seen some Nikon measurebators that were just as bad as the Canon
    > > ones.
    > >
    > > In any case, get the camera that fits you, and for the love of god,
    > > don't measurebate! You'll go blind.
    >
    > Measurebate?

    Measureabate: v. to ceaselessly test your camera in a manner that will
    never reflect its real world performance or capabilities.
    --
    http://www.pbase.com/bcbaird
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    G.T. wrote:
    >>>
    >>>You didn't need me or anyone else for that matter. You just needed to
    >>
    > use
    >
    >>>your brain.
    >>
    >>So you decided to deride my reasons for posting?
    >
    >
    > I didn't until you started going on and on trying to justify your lame ass
    > choice of samples of focusing problems.

    And we come back to it. You don't think my concerns were valid and so
    you feel free to attack me personally.

    >
    >
    >>A suggestion, if you think someone is being dumb (and clearly you are
    >>quick to think that), and you don't have anything postive to contribute,
    >>maybe you should just not say anything rather than, for example, trying
    >>to call them a troll?
    >>
    >
    >
    > Dude, I gave you an answer. I said that what you were reading had nothing
    > to do with a Rebel XT. Really simple and obvious, I mean REALLY SIMPLE.

    Look at my first reply and the respons to the first quoted text. You
    gave me a short answer. I posted three different questions to try and
    elucidate something useful about it and you responded with another
    cryptic answer.

    Look, if you think it is OK to attack posts you don't like as trolls (as
    you seem to feel above), at least be honest an admit it (and if you feel
    embarassed then maybe reexamine your bahavior). But also trying to
    pretend you were being helpful just doesn't fly. I leaned something
    real from this thread, but not from anything you said.

    I any case, I have no more time to deal with immaturity on the net. I
    have nothing more to say....
  40. Archived from groups: rec.photo.digital,rec.photo.digital.slr-systems,rec.photo.equipment.misc (More info?)

    "David P. Summers" <drscience3000@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:42FBAFCE.6040007@yahoo.com...
    >
    >
    > Look, if you think it is OK to attack posts you don't like as trolls (as
    > you seem to feel above), at least be honest an admit it (and if you feel
    > embarassed then maybe reexamine your bahavior).

    How could you know whether I liked your post or not when your post had
    nothing to like or dislike about it? It completely lacked anything relevant
    to your question. The reason I was terse in my original reply was because I
    didn't want to spend any more time writing my reply than the very little
    time you spent researching suspected autofocus problems with the Rebel XT.

    > But also trying to
    > pretend you were being helpful just doesn't fly. I leaned something
    > real from this thread, but not from anything you said.
    >

    You learned that a Rebel XT isn't a 10D?

    > I any case, I have no more time to deal with immaturity on the net. I
    > have nothing more to say....

    You should be more aware of your own immaturity.

    Greg
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    David P. Summers wrote:
    >
    >
    > Brian Baird wrote:
    >
    >> In article <42FA9F27.1080904@yahoo.com>, drscience3000@yahoo.com says...
    >>
    >>> I like the 8 Mpixels feature, but I'm thinking of going with the
    >>> Nikon (what is the different between the D50 and the D70?), if only
    >>> because I'm afraid I will be overly critical of the focus if I get
    >>> the Canon.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> I've seen some Nikon measurebators that were just as bad as the Canon
    >> ones.
    >>
    >> In any case, get the camera that fits you, and for the love of god,
    >> don't measurebate! You'll go blind.
    >
    >
    > Measurebate?

    It must be related to "pixel peeping", ie being _extremely_ finicky
    about one particular facet of (in this case, digital) digital SLR
    cameras and losing the context of whether the camera can do the job
    asked of it.
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    dj_nme wrote:
    >> Measurebate?
    >
    >
    > It must be related to "pixel peeping", ie being _extremely_ finicky
    > about one particular facet of (in this case, digital) digital SLR
    > cameras and losing the context of whether the camera can do the job
    > asked of it.

    Brian Baird wrote:


    > Measurebate?
    >
    >
    > Measureabate: v. to ceaselessly test your camera in a manner that will
    > never reflect its real world performance or capabilities.
    > --

    Ah.

    Unfortunately, when I get worried about something I tend to focus in on
    it so I can see myself doing something like this without thinking. That
    is something I'm considering, whether I might be overcritical of my
    focus if I get a Canon, even if it is unfair....
  43. Archived from groups: rec.photo.digital,rec.photo.equipment.misc (More info?)

    "David P. Summers" <drscience3000@yahoo.com> a écrit dans le message de
    news: 42FBBC7A.8060408@yahoo.com...
    >
    >
    > dj_nme wrote:
    >>> Measurebate?
    >>
    >>
    >> It must be related to "pixel peeping", ie being _extremely_ finicky about
    >> one particular facet of (in this case, digital) digital SLR cameras and
    >> losing the context of whether the camera can do the job asked of it.
    >
    > Brian Baird wrote:
    >
    >
    >> Measurebate?
    >>
    >>
    >> Measureabate: v. to ceaselessly test your camera in a manner that will
    >> never reflect its real world performance or capabilities.
    >> --
    >
    > Ah.
    >
    > Unfortunately, when I get worried about something I tend to focus in on it
    > so I can see myself doing something like this without thinking. That is
    > something I'm considering, whether I might be overcritical of my focus if
    > I get a Canon, even if it is unfair....
    >

    So, get a Kalachnikoff, the AF is 100% accurate, and forget Canon.
  44. Archived from groups: rec.photo.digital,rec.photo.digital.slr-systems,rec.photo.equipment.misc (More info?)

    David P. Summers wrote:

    >> Here's a site which discusses the 10D "problem" in detail, you'll
    >> probably find it interesting. As mentioned earlier, the Rebel XT model
    >> you are looking at doesn't have this problem (neither did most of the
    >> 10D's, but some did).
    >>
    >> http://www.photo.net/learn/focustest/
    >
    >
    > Yeah, I'm clearer on the 10D issue.
    >
    > I've been looking around and all the professional reviewers I've seen
    > think the autofocus is good. OTOH, there is a small, but persistent
    > trickle of user complaining about it. That doesn't seem to be true of
    > the Nikon. Is it a symptom of problem with some cameras? Is it simply
    > that there are more Canons out there (and so more users to complain)? Is
    > it that the autofocus works OK, but is harder to use well? I don't know.


    It could be any of those things. It could also simply be the nature of
    the autofocus algorithms at work behind the scenes. There isn't an
    industry standard for autofocus; each camera manufacturer has their own
    proprietary method for determining when a camera has an image in focus.
    There could be a segment of the population that simply finds Canon's
    focusing program to be disagreeable with their tastes.


    --
    E-mail fudged to thwart spammers.
    Transpose the c's and a's in my e-mail address to reply.
  45. Archived from groups: rec.photo.digital,rec.photo.digital.slr-systems,rec.photo.equipment.misc (More info?)

    Isaiah Beard wrote:
    >
    > David P. Summers wrote:
    >
    > >> Here's a site which discusses the 10D "problem" in detail, you'll
    > >> probably find it interesting. As mentioned earlier, the Rebel XT model
    > >> you are looking at doesn't have this problem (neither did most of the
    > >> 10D's, but some did).
    > >>
    > >> http://www.photo.net/learn/focustest/
    > >
    > >
    > > Yeah, I'm clearer on the 10D issue.
    > >
    > > I've been looking around and all the professional reviewers I've seen
    > > think the autofocus is good. OTOH, there is a small, but persistent
    > > trickle of user complaining about it. That doesn't seem to be true of
    > > the Nikon. Is it a symptom of problem with some cameras? Is it simply
    > > that there are more Canons out there (and so more users to complain)? Is
    > > it that the autofocus works OK, but is harder to use well? I don't know.
    >
    > It could be any of those things. It could also simply be the nature of
    > the autofocus algorithms at work behind the scenes. There isn't an
    > industry standard for autofocus; each camera manufacturer has their own
    > proprietary method for determining when a camera has an image in focus.
    > There could be a segment of the population that simply finds Canon's
    > focusing program to be disagreeable with their tastes.
    >
    Not everyone is able to handle a camera properly. We assume that the
    complaints come from users who know what they're doing, but I wonder
    sometimes. When you see that some people can't even frame a shot
    correctly, god knows where the focus point(s) was/were looking when they
    hit the trigger. Or they take a shot of a couple of persons and fail to
    see that no focus point is on either person. Given that Canon dslr's
    rule the lower segment of the market at least, some of them must be
    owned by idiots.

    Colin D.
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