The Fuji X-T1 AF Tracking Performance. How Good is it? — 28 Comments

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  2. Paco, I’m not sure. If the predictive AF is software algorithm based only, and doesn’t involve hardware or chip upgrades from the X-E2, then theoretically, I suppose it could be brought over in a firmware upgrade. However, I don’t know the whether the X-T1 features new hardware that improves the AF system, so I can’t say for sure. Also, since this new motion tracking predictive AF is a big selling feature on the X-T1, who knows if they would bring it to other cameras anytime soon.

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  4. Impressive shots, especially the birds. Can you post some
    full size samples? Also, how did you get the X-T1 already? Do you
    work with Fuji?

  5. Thanks. I’ll post some bigger versions when I get a chance, probably in a future article.

    I started trying out some of the Fujifilm X cameras a couple years ago and then reached out to them with some of my best imagery. They liked my work, and since I’m a pro action adventure shooter, they brought me onboard to create early photos for the X-T1 launch.

    Since I was the only US photographer to test an early version of the camera, I was able to get one as soon as they were officially announced.

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  10. lecycliste, thanks for sharing that link. You are correct, the X-E2 will do continuous focus, but only at 3 fps, which is eternally slow for any kind of serious action photography. Also, in my experience, it was pretty hit and miss. I had trouble getting it to do very well on fast moving subjects, especially when using a long lens. Having used both cameras, the X-T1 blows the X-E2 away in this department. I still love the X-E1 and X-E2, but for the kind of work I do, they’re pretty limiting when it comes to AF performance. The X-T1 is not.

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  14. Hello Dan,

    I was hoping you could comment on the camera’s behavior “between” shots. Your excellent article above details continuous shooting mode and AF tracking, but how about the regular shooting experience with living/moving subjects? With the XE-2, when I press the shutter, I get EVF blackout for about a second. If I am shooting (even a slow) moving object, by the time the EVF has caught up, my focus point and the subject are out of sync. Please note that this is not a question about the AF speed as I have found it to be plenty fast on the Ex-2 and I suspect it will be the same or better on the X-T1. Its more about the camera’s ability to keep me connected with the subject while it does its thing of processing and storing images. I am currently (and have been for a long time) a traditional DSLR user. I don’t want to give up that quality, but I feel that having a smaller package will enable me to have the camera with me more. However, one of the main reasons I bought my first DSLR was to enable picture taking in more difficult situations. In addition, it enabled me to be more connected with my subject than I was able to be with a P&S. Therefore, any answer you can provide to my question above will surely help me in my decision making. Thank you many times over in advance!

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  16. Logan, in single mode, the X-T1 shutter blacks out for about a half second, maybe a little bit more. It’s probably similar to the blackout on the X-E2. This still seems to be one of the limitations of mirrorless cameras over DSLRs. In single mode, most DSLRs will continue to fire as fast as you press the shutter, whereas most mirrorless cameras take a very brief time to process, write and get ready for the next shot.

    However, in Continuous mode, both CL and CH, the X-T1 doesn’t black out at all. Even shooting at 8 fps, the viewfinder, (both LCD and EVF) show the scene with no interruptions between frames. This is why I often use continuous mode on my mirrorless cameras, especially when shooting people and subjects that can vary slightly in a split second. Note that except for the number of fps and AF tracking, this is also how the shutter performs on my X-E1, although the X-T1 is definitely a little “tighter” and faster in its performance. I imagine that the X-E2 is similar in this regard, though. Try shooting in Continuous mode with your X-E2 see if that makes a difference for you.

    Thanks for reading!

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  20. Liked your real world insight here…Can you clarify…is the “9 phase detect AF points on the sensor” the ONLY AF mode? I.e. does it have a single point AF mode as well, perhaps center point?

  21. Chris, the X-T1 has 49 selectable AF points which you can choose in either AF-S mode or AF-C mode when shooting in CL. In CH, you can select only from the 9 phase detect points. The camera also has Area AF, which puts it in control of selecting your focus zone. Does this make sense?

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  23. Can you provide a step by setp setup guide for this continuous auto focus
    tracking for the XT1. Need for Birds in Flight.

  24. Harold, for moving subjects, you would want the AF mode set to “Zone AF,” the front dial to AF-C and the camera drive mode set to Continuous mode. Either High or Low would work, although I’d probably use CH. You may not get at 100% Lock with every frame, but my experience with shooting birds is that when it does lock on the subject, you’ll get a very sharp images, providing your shutter speed is high enough to freeze the motion. Of course, you could always do some slower shutter blur/motions shots as well.

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