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  • […] It’s a very detailed post with lots of information and more full size image samples. Also, read this other AF tracking post where I shot dog sledding teams coming straight towards the […]

  • newtofuji says:

    I’ve been following your blog for the past few weeks ever since I started thinking about moving to Fuji. Thanks for sharing the photos and field reports!

    Quick question: since the lenses available now are not weather-resistant, did you experience any problem shooting in the snow? Did you have to use a lens pouch to protect the lens in that harsh environment?

  • Dan Bailey says:

    I don’t have any problem shooting in the snow, even with non-weather sealed lenses. The biggest issue is keeping heavy falling snow off the front element, which is the same with any lens. The lens hood helps a lot, and I carry a cotton cloth to wipe off any snow or moisture if it gets on there. When not in use, I’ll keep the extra lenses in my closed camera bag to protect them from the elements.

    Thanks for reading!

  • […] Dan Bailey's Adventure Photography Blog – Exploring the World of Outdoor Photography with Tips, News, Imagery and Insight (More Fuji X-T1 AF Predictive AF Tracking Tests http://t.co/Xhd1fN8qfQ @Fujifilm_UK…  […]

  • […] Dan Bailey's Adventure Photography Blog – Exploring the World of Outdoor Photography with Tips, News, Imagery and Insight  […]

  • Azhar Khan says:

    Hi Dan. Please answer this if possible since you would have the most experience in this regard:

    What is the battery like in the extremely cold weather. I find my X-T1 to be disappointing (comparatively) as I am still adjusting having moved from a DSLR.

    As such I want to stock up on some batteries and was curious as to how it performs it the worst possible case (AF-C in the cold) which you obviously tested here.

  • Dan Bailey says:

    Azhar, like any camera, battery life is greatly compromised in the cold. Last weekend, I shot all day outside with the X-T1 in sub freezing temps (single digits down to 20 below F) and was able to get just over 200 frames in a single charge. This is shooting mostly RAW+JPEG. Normally, when it’s not cold. I’m able to get anywhere from 300-1000 shots per battery charge. You’re right, it’s not as good as you’d get from a DSLR, that’s probably the biggest tradeoff, but the spare batteries are pretty small. I have 4 total.

    Aside from reduced battery life, however, the X-T1 performs just fine in the cold. Get some extra batteries and you should be fine.

  • Gary Heald says:

    I have been using an xpro1 and x-e2 along side my Nikon D700 for a couple of years. Last week I added the x-t1 with battery grip and hope to move away from my big DSLR. I tried shooting moving subjects yesterday, as test shots, and had no luck. I think the I had every thing set ok but could be wrong. I had high performance on, pre-af ‘on’ and was switched to Af-c. I am using firmware v4.0 so I used the zone focus mode ( not the wide zone mode though). The subjects were my dog running towards me and my wife walking towards me. I started tried both release and focus lock but neither worked. Like your tests, I was using a 55-200mm and kept the ISO reasonably high so that achieve a fast shutter speed. Maybe I have missed some in my set-up and would welcome your feedback.

  • Dan Bailey says:

    Gary, as with any camera, I’ve found that AF performance on the Fuji cameras is largely tied to the lens you’re using. The 55-200 is good, but it’s not the best performer in the system. From my tests, lenses such as the 50-140 and the new 90 f/2 are indeed faster with regards to AF. It sounds like you have the correct camera settings. I’ve heard that Pre-AF “on” gives better performance, but I’ve never used it. Try switching it off. Just lock onto the subject with the thumb-pad AF selector and shoot bursts in either CH or CL mode set on the drive dial. Let me know how that works.

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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.