Once And For All - All this "Nuts" about Focusing Speed

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John Carson
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Re: Once And For All - All this "Nuts" about Focusing Speed
In reply to fuji P, 4 months ago

fuji P wrote:

Sorry - but this really "Gets my Goat".

People keep posting about focusing speed - this camera is faster than that camera - with this lens - with that lens - with this turned on - with that turned off!!!!!

When you take a picture, you think about the finished scene / subject and how you want the photo to look, you compose the scene, check your settings, check 100 other things then - focus. The focusing is the least time consuming part of the process and in my view, unless you are shooting sport, moving wildlife, fast moving subjects etc. the time it takes is not critical.

If anyone can provide an image where a shot was ruined due to focusing speed being a nano second slower than expected or can tell a story where they missed a once in a lifetime shot because of "slow" focusing - I would like to hear it.

Awaiting the flood.

Utter rubbish. Like so many, you can't see something as an issue unless it affects you personally.

Just the simple task of taking shots at a social gathering can make speed important. You might wish to photograph two people before a third wanders into view and blocks the shot or the two move apart or one of them turns their head away or...

Personally, I'm not particularly bothered by the focusing speed of my X-E2, but there are certainly times when the shutter isn't clicked because the moment passes before the subject is in focus.

The fact is that autofocus speed is the number one issue keeping people from moving to mirrorless from DSLRs. You apparently "know" that most of these people are worrying about nothing. I think they know what they are doing.

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