"Basic", "Slow", "Primitive".
Some of the words used to describe the AF performance of the Nikon F4.
I really never got it - what made people think that the F4 has slow AF? It is "Slower than"
-say- the F5. But it is not slow. (By the way I have them both plus an EOS 1n).
So i took the F4 to the local half-marathon a couple of weeks ago and decided to take some pictures of friends and acquaintances.
The lens used is the old and 'slow' 28-70 f3.5-4.5 and pictures are taken on the 70mm end of it.
Here are some quick scans (no adjustments).
Tracking No 744
That's a bloody good job if you ask me.
Now tracking No2982
Spot on. I got only one picture out of focus and this is only because i didn't place the runner on the center.
As you can see, the camera focused on the background.
So, I never found the F4 to be slow - with AF 50 f/1.8 the focusing speed is even better.
Plus, it gives matrix metering with all manual focus lenses. I used an old beaten-to-death AIS 28 f/2.8 (look at this mess
) that can take pictures like these:
Bottom line is that the Nikon F4 is very usable. The AF is nothing to complain about. Yes there are other ones that are faster but it can't be called slow.