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  • paco says:

    Can this Autofocus tracking be brought over to the X-E2 via firmware upgrade?

  • Karin Nelson says:

    Excellent hands-on review. Thank you!

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  • Dan Bailey says:

    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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  • hi there says:

    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?

  • Dan Bailey says:

    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.

  • lecycliste says:

    Matt Brandon took some sequence shots with the X-E2, posted
    in his review. Looks like it tracks focus on moving subjects just
    fine *past the first frame, continuously* – scroll down to the
    motorcycle series:

  • […] I’ve had my Fujifilm X-T1for over a week
    now, and during that time, I’ve shot over 1,200 frames
    with it, covering a variety of subject matter, including
    landscapes, people, action, travel and the Northern Lights.
    I’m incredibly impressed with this new camera in so many
    ways, but perhaps the most significant advancement over the other
    Fuji X cameras is that the X-T1 was designed with 9 phase detect AF
    points on the sensor and a new predictive autofocus algorithm that
    locks on and tracks moving subjects at up to 8 frames per second.
    This is HUGE, especially for an outdoor action shooter like myself.
    However, since the X-T1 has only been in the hands of few people,
    (I’m the first person to own one in the US), there have
    not been very many image examples of how well this
    camera’s AF system really performs. As I read some of the
    other blogs and forums, this seems to be the biggest concern and
    question for people who are otherwise interested in the X-T1, or
    who question whether it’s really that much better than
    the X-E2……  […]

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  • Dan Bailey says:

    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.

  • […] Combined with the 49 selectable AF point array that covers the entire frame (something that I LOVE about these cameras), and 9 phase detect AF points on the sensor, you have total flexibility about where you put your subject matter in the frame. Want it at the very edge? No problem. There’s an AF point out there. As with the other X cameras, you can change the size of the AF points to reflect your shooting situation. That’s been something I’ve enjoyed on my X-E1 and X20, and I’m glad they stuck with it on the X-T1. Read my real world AF test and see just how well the X-T1 tracks moving subjects at 8 fps. […]

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  • […] other day, I put up a detailed look at how well the X-T1 autofocus system actually tracks moving subjects. If you shoot action, sports or like the idea of continuous AF tracking at 8 fps, you’ll want […]

  • Logan Ross says:

    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!

  • […] and what to expect, should you decide that to add it to your arsenal. The other day, I put up a detailed look at how well the X-T1 autofocus system actually tracks moving subjects. If you shoot action, sports or like the idea of continuous AF tracking at 8 fps, you’ll want […]

  • Dan Bailey says:

    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!

  • […] First thing we’ll cover is the AF system. I won’t go too much in depth here because I’ve already written a detailed look at how well the X-T1 tracks moving subjects. You should read this post, because the results are pretty impressive. […]

  • […] Con el visor óptico, las cámaras digitales parecían condenadas a perder el autofoco por detección de fase (la tecnología que usan las réflex) y a tener que conformarse con la detección de contraste, algo más lenta. Con el sensor X-Trans CMOS II, Fujifilm incorpora píxels dedicados a la detección de fase, de modo que la cámara debería -en principio- poder enfocar tan rápidamente como una réflex. ¿Es así? Por lo que he podido probar, con focales cortas (hasta 55 mm) y sujetos estáticos, la respuesta es “sí”: el sistema funciona suficientemente bien, incluso en condiciones difíciles. No he podido probar todavía la cámara con focales más largas, remito a los interesados a este enlace en Dan Bailey Photo […]

  • […] month, I wrote a detailed post about how well the X-T1′s autofocus tracking system works. Today we look at a few more examples. As a longtime DSLR user who makes my living getting right in […]

  • Chris says:

    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?

  • Chris says:

    Clarify my comment above, single point AF in AF-C and CH mode available?

  • Dan Bailey says:

    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?

  • […] in love with how well it has performed in every shooting application that I’ve throw at it. The X-T1 tracks moving subjects with surprising accuracy and speed, at up to 8 fps, it has a number of great film simulations and features, and, of course, it’s […]

  • Harold says:

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

  • Dan Bailey says:

    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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