Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve had the Xpro2 for about a week now and I’m still doing lots of tests around the lanes close to my house here in somerset. Ive been a Fuji fan for about 5 years now and as I’ve mentioned in other blogs, I have owned every Fuji X camera. They all have their quirks and they do take a different style of photographer, not every one will like these cameras. My last perchance was the XT1 after selling my Xpro1, the reason! Well I loved the retro style of the Xpro1 but I did miss the occasional photo, now I know the only person that knew this, was me but isn’t it frustrating when you see a shot opening up in-front of you, fire the shutter only to see later that this mind blowing image was blurred or missed completely! Well, I decided I would pass the Xpro1 on and look to the XT1 and I was very pleased however I missed the retro look of the Xpro1 so I eagerly waited the Xpro2 as I mentioned, I have owned this camera for about a week now…..
The truth about the „Fastest“
„The AF is faster“. That is the impression that many users are left with, when they test the new X-Pro2 that are now being displayed in many showrooms and in stores. It is not hard to imagine that many of those that are eager to test the X-Pro2 are the X-Pro1 users. X-Pro2 has seen a major improvement in AF performance compared to the X-Pro1. So the above impression is in fact „true“. But if you are comparing the speed with the X-T1, X-E2 or X-T10 (cameras with phase detection AF), then your impression is „wrong in terms of numbers, but true feeling-wise.“ „The fastest AF speed“of the X-Pro2, measurement based on the CIPA guideline, is same as other cameras with the phase detection AF. X-Pro2 is not breaking the record of the AF fastest speed of the X Series. „The fastest AF speed“ is a bit tricky one. This measurement is conducted under a particular environment specified by the guideline. So the shooting scene inevitably gets detached from the real shooting environment. The score of the AF speed isn’t necessarily what the users experience in reality. Therefore we say it is „wrong in terms of numbers, but true feeling-wise“……..
Today, we are going to touch on back button focus, otherwise known as AF lock. The AF lock button is on the back of most modern SLR and mirrorless camera bodies, like on my Fuji XT-1. Image compliments of Fujifilm. So, what is AF lock / back button focus? I will explain it’s basic function and purpose without pixel peeper lingo (which is why I don’t do many photography articles anymore, and that seems to be the norm lately, lol) If you hit the AF lock button with your thumb, it’s the same thing as holding the shutter button down halfway to set your focus point. But it separates the Auto focus activation from the shutter button, by locking the focus point you select. This means that if you are taking possible multiple photographs of that subject, you can act in those decisive moments by only recomposing if needed, and not having to hunt for a new focus point. Simply hit the shutter button when ready to take the shot…….
The day after I received my review copy of the Fuji X-Pro2 I was off to photograph one of Vancouver’s best local bands at a country cabaret. The combination of low light, changing light, and moving subjects always presents a great challenge to photographers, and I knew this would be a perfect opportunity to test the autofocus and high ISO performance of this new camera….
I am very pleased with these images, and with the performance of the X-Pro2 in a difficult lighting situation. I’ve known some of the members of this band for a long time, so I had carte blanche to shoot from anywhere: The dance floor, behind the stage, above the stage, on the stage, etc. The camera performed beautifully throughout the night, and I was free to focus on creating images without worrying about the technical side of photography. It felt great…….
Right after the question of ‘what X should I buy?’ comes ‘how do you manually focus your lenses?’ in popularity. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to dismiss everything under the sufficiency banner; contrary to the trends in image quality, we’ve gone the opposite direction away from sufficiency. There used to be a time when viewfinders were actually very good for acquiring focus manually; there was no choice because there was simply no other way to focus, either. That required a few things: firstly, a focusing screen with adequate coarseness (sometimes also referred to as ‘snap’); the same distance between flange and focusing screen and flange and imaging plane; adequate magnification, and fast lenses – to compensate for the coarseness of the focusing screen making it somewhat dark. Looking through the viewfinder of an F2 or a Hasselblad is a revelation compared to the drinking straws of modern finders. It seems we barely have the latter these days. So what can we do? ……
Fuji X-T1 Graphite Silver
Fuji’s new Autofocus System is sure to be a big hit with X-T10 owners, and sooner or later, X-T1 owners and even X-E2 users. The next obvious question in my mind is, what about the X100T? What I’ve heard so far is that nothing has been announced or even talked about yet, but it “probably will come.” The reason comes down to how Fujifilm operates. Each camera moniker (X-E, X-T, X-Pro, X100, etc.) has its own team, so the feature set of the X-T10 and X-T1’s firmware are done by the same team, whereas the X-E2’s firmware update would be implemented by another. Originally I thought the optical viewfinder might be the reason for the delay, but apparently that’s not the case. There does seem to be some technical limitations to the OVF,1 however multi-point AF, Zone, Tracking/Wide are not among them. If Zone and Tracking/Wide are going to be added to the X100T though, the number of selectable AF areas should also be increased. Currently, only a 5 × 5 grid is selectable for autofocus in the optical viewfinder as compared to the EVF/LCD, both of which offer a 7 × 7 grid of AF points. In both cases, the central 3 × 3 grid of AF areas are Phase Detect enabled…….
….When using AF to select the point of focus it is critical when using the fast aperture lenses such as the 35mm f1.4 and 56mm f1.2 that the focus point is checked to make sure the focus is spot on. By keeping the shutter release half pressed you can use manual focus to fine tune before fully pressing the release to take the shot. Using the Electronic View Finder (EVF) and Focus Peaking you can easily see where the focus needs to be adjusted if necessary. Now on the X-T1 the camera will ‚Focus Zoom‘ where the viewfinder automatically zooms in on the focus area so you can really see the focus point when using a very wide aperture. The X-Pro1 doesn’t have this ‚Focus Zoom‘ function and this has its plus and minus points. I will explain. When I use AF I sometimes point the AF point at the part of the image I want to the focus to be on, half press the shutter release to lock the focus and then recompose in the viewfinder. Now with the X-Pro1 this is still possible because you can see the whole image in the viewfinder. However on the X-T1 when the shutter is half pressed the Focus Zoom operates and you can’t see the whole picture, so my normal method of working is no longer permissible when using the AF+MF mode…….
During continuous high-speed shooting, the X-T1 can not only track the subject in focus, it can also adjust exposure as long as its central phase detection pixels are kept on the subject. For a subject moving toward the camera at slow-to-medium speed, this works extremely well. But with a subject moving across the frame or approaching very quickly, the live view can’t refresh fast enough between captures, making it difficult to keep the subject in the frame. Unless you’re trying to shoot a fast-action sporting event, as I was, you’ll probably never notice this. Strangely, the one place where you notice a serious time delay is when you wake the camera from sleep; you have to press and hold the release button partway down for a second or more, which takes some getting used to. Or, since it’s ready to shoot almost instantly when you turn it on, you can turn the camera off between captures. There are lots of neat tricks in the camera, so many and some so different from digital SLR options that you’ll need to spend time with the manual discovering the best set of options for your work. For example, the default setting displays the image you’ve just taken in the ELV, which I found disconcerting when I was shooting studio portraits. There are options for displaying the image continuously, for 1.5 or 0.5 seconds, or no display at all after shooting…..
It seems like every 13 minutes, another mirrorless camera is announced that promises the ‚World’s Fastest Autofocus‘. We decided to cut through all the hype and pit the fastest mirrorless cameras against each other, and we threw in a Nikon D4S, just to make it interesting. To really put these cameras through a stress test we went to Wildrose Motocross Park with a Fuji X-T1, Sony A6000, Olympus OMD E-M1 and Panasonic GH4!
Special thanks to the Wildrose Motocross Association
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Given the number of questions asked about the speed of focus and frame rate of the new Fuji Xt1, yesterday I had an ideal opportunity to try this, and find out for myself how the camera coped with fast moving action or in this case wildlife. The settings I used were Capture rate set to CH/Auto ISO/ AF set to release priority/ Focus mode set to AFC/Face detect off/High performance off. Fortunately for me I chose a place where flying bird action is pretty constant throughout the day. A pair of Greylag geese spotted some feeding going on and flew across the lake for a look. Using the 55-200 zoom I aquired focus and hit the shutter, I shot 10 frames in total and only the last 2 frames showed oof, due to losing focus as the birds dropped into the water. Pretty amazed at this set, given the 55-200 is not the easiest lens to work with. The tracking works a treat. It was fortunate I guess that the 2 birds stayed at a similar distance to each other. Hope you find some interest in this wee test…..
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