Well that's interesting that you claim there is not problem at all with focus and recompose with a single center focus point when shooting wide open.
Because that was I was talking about.
OK, you know what I replied.
Few fashion images for commerce or editorial are shot wide open.
Also photographers have been working around ways to focus for years.
My medium format film cameras were customized as I had the grease in the lenses removed for faster focus. Missed some, hit most.
My 35mm to medium format cameras all have focusing exactness and also focusing workarounds.
Live view, it's ok, but not that good for moving subjects. Haselblad's system, I'm sure it works, but it's not vital for me.
You know in the time it takes to focus an image on liveview I can fire a frame, view it, correct and shoot and hit almost every frame.
Everybody has a different system.
So far this week have shot over 6,000 frames. As I mentioned before I have a very busy schedule starting out the door at 6:30 am, arriving back with crew at 8:30, two hours of resetting for the next day, a few hours sleep and back at it.
Out of the 6,000 frames I haven't looked at every single one but briefly went over every days' session and only seen 3 images that were soft.
Then again we tether, I communicate with our first assistant working on the computer, I can look at almost any lcd including my p series and see if it's in focus or not, correct and shoot.
What i like about my Contax is they don't have to be auto or manual focus. I can have both at will. It's easy to let the auto focus work, if it's slightly off manually correct.
Maybe not automatic, but most decent photographs are not automatic.
Anyway, the difference between your view and mine is I respect the fact that a Nikon works for you, (though would love to see any compelling images YOU shot with it).
What I don't get is a lot of your responses you toss out are definitive in nature that "your" brand of Multi point focus is the BEST way and it's not.
If i felt you were offering real world experience, under pressure for something like you mentioned . . . full length fashion and you could show the results, there would be a lot more validity, but even if you did, that doesn't mean there are not other cameras that work.
This is just my opinion, but I think your attempting to compare and discredited a certain brand of medium format cameras, mainly the DF to your Nikon.
That is the part I don't understand, especially since good photographers use that camera everyday with excellent results.
But . . . if your goal is not to discredited, then i will stand corrected.
I am willing to accept that everyone has their own way of working and respect that.