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  • […] One of the coolest features found on the Fujifilm X-T3 is a setting called PRE-SHOT ES. Found in the SHOOTING SETTINGS Menu, this powerful setting is included specifically for photographing fast action and subjects that move very quickly. However, being a … Continue reading → […]

  • Cliff says:

    Hi Dan, as far as I know, both Olympus & Panasonic have the same systen and have had so for some years. They call it pre-focussing. The Oly EM1 & the Pana G9 definately have it. Regards Cliff

  • Dan says:

    Hi Cliff, thanks for the comment. I just watched a Panasonic tech video, and yes, the G9 does have a feature like this. However, it looks like it’s not quite as versatile. On the G9, you have two choices: A 50 image max “pre-focus” one second burst, and a slower, 8 frame max burst. The technology is essentially the same, and Panasonic is certainly known for their high speed shooting performance, but using this feature, the X-T3 gives you a few more frame rate options. I’ll look into the Olympus option and see how it compares.

  • Lilly John says:

    Wow, reading this I am so excited to use the Fujifilm X-T3 for my photography. With improved sensor technology Fujifilm has done an awesome job. It is just incredible and increases more accuracy. now, I m very much confident to take extra fabulous photos and excited to share them on Facebook and other social sites. PRE-SHOT ES is the best part of Fujifilm for which I become fond of this device.

  • David says:

    Hi Dan
    Thanks for the reminder re Preshott ES. Definitely want to make use of it; have 2 issues that I need clarification on,please help! Firstly I’ve moved my focus button to the front of the camera(sort of back to front back button focus)viz.Fn2, I presume this is OK? Secondly if I shoot CH8 FPS for exactly 1sec will the 20 preshots plus the 8 from the 1sec burst be written to the SD card ie.28 frames.
    Hope this doesn’t sound too dumb!
    Regards
    David Bowes

  • Dan says:

    Hi David, with PRE-SHOT ES, the ultra fast tracking is activated when the shutter is pressed. If you’re using back/front button focus, I don’t see how you would be able to manage both buttons during this operation. My guess is that you can’t. Also, if you have focus decoupled from the shutter button, (set in the SHUTTER AF Menu option), then the burst will fire when you press the shutter, but there will be no AF tracking and your images will likely all be out of focus. So, it would seem that you need shutter button focus in order for this to work properly.

    Regarding your second question: Yes. If you capture a 20 frame/1 second “PRE-SHOT” burst, then fully press the shutter and capture 8 frames, then 28 frames will be written to your card. Does that make sense?

  • David says:

    Hi Dan,thanks for explaining,you’ve confirmed the burst 8+20 frames scenario with 8fps + ES preshots giving 28 images. However, would just like to make sure that AFC decoupled will still do tracking/continuous focusing while the selected focus button is continually pressed with a back/front button focus setup?(which seems to be the case wrt what I see).Therefore the choice would be to revert to default focus/shutter button coupling and have pre shots or to just have back/front button focus with CH or CL?Decisions decisions!!
    Regards
    David

  • Dan says:

    David, I haven’t tried using PRE-SHOT ES with back/front button focus, so I don’t know for sure. You’ll have to experiment that see this works. Give it a test and let me know what you find out!

  • David says:

    Thanks Dan ,will do!

  • […] written about the new B&W ADJ feature, which I LOVE using, and I’ve also written about the amazing PRE-SHOT ES feature, which is a special boon to sports, action and wildlife […]

  • […] and up to 30 fps with the electronic. It also has the immensely powerful PRE-SHOT ES feature that is so useful for shooting action and other fast breaking scenes, as well as 1.25x Sports Finder Mode, and the Electronic Front Curtain Shutter, which offers […]

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    Terry Bourk

    I have read you new book “Behind the Landscape.” I could not “put it down” meaning that I kept at it because each photo you presented/analyzed was interesting and informative. I am trying to develop an eye for composition (both the scene and the light).

    Thank you! The examples you present and the suggestions are very helpful. Purple Mountains, McKinley River and Wonder Lake are fascinating.


    Roger Sinclair

    You have done it again! Another triumph.

    Your generosity to share, the clarity of thought and concise explanation thereof is brilliant. Perhaps I should also mention the beautiful photos and the talent necessary to produce them.

    Thank you, Dan.