I recently got my Fujifilm X-E1 body and was immediately very impressed with the AF speed, as was everyone else who tried it. It appeared snappier than the X-Pro1, but although I knew the X-Pro1 had improved lately with the new v2.0 firmware, I wanted to see if there was actually any difference between the two with the same lens attached. Wilkinson Cameras in Kendal kindly lent me a 2nd 35mm lens for the weekend so I could try out both cameras side-by-side with the same lens. Having the same lens was essential because the AF performance on these cameras depends greatly on the lens attached. I chose the 35mm as I thought that it is probably the lens most people own and use as their primary lens. It’s also the middle performer in terms of AF speed so we can get a good comparison out of it. The video of the comparison is posted below. I won’t ruin the result for you by telling you here – watch the video and see for yourself! I think most people will be quite surprised by the conclusion.
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This shows what you can expect from the X-E1 in terms of optimal auto-focus speed and shot to shot performance. I uploaded it in 1080p so that you can see the stills in higher resolution and better judge the focusing abilities of the camera.
Fuji X-E1 EVF Performance In Low Light
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* When QUICK START mode set to ON.
** When XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS is set.
The magic moment when your subject and situation come together lasts but a split second. The X-E1’s EXR Processor Pro processes data collected by the sensor at high speed for quick response, comparable to DSLR cameras. You’ll never miss a shot.
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The X-Pro 1 uses contrast detection autofocus (CDAF) compared to phase detection autofocus that is usually found in DSLR cameras. As I have shown in an earlyer post, I like to photograph at minimum aperture to create a shallow depth of field. And in those situations perfect AF lock is essential for good results. The advantage of contrast detection is, that it is very accurate when it locks onto the target. On my phase detection DSLR camera I have gotten used to pushing the shutter half way for 2-3 times before I trust that the AF locked correctly onto the subject.
So is the X-Pro 1 useless for moving subjects? Not at all! You just have to approach things differently to get good results! Here are my tips to get the best results from the X-Pro 1…..
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Try laying the AF point across an area where the only contrast is a horizontal dividing line between two objects – in my case the top of a TV or picture frame vs the wall. The AF will struggle to focus, and depending on the circumstances, fail to lock more often than not. However, tilt the camera by 30-45 degress, or even 90 degrees, and it will lock – every time. Note that 90 degrees – horizontal lines don’t seem to cause a problem in portrait mode, only lines parallel to the long edge of the frame.
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Personally, coming from a Canon EOS 40D, 60D and 7D I think the autofocus on the X-Pro1 is quick for what type of camera it actually is. It seems like the X-Pro1 is receiving a lot of criticism regarding the autofocus speed, but I’m thinking that this is because of too high expectations from people which are moving away from DSLR’s (Phase Detection AF) to a mirrorless and more compact camera with contrast based autofocus. Is it really that sluggish? I personally don’t think so.
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