X-Pro 1 focus tip for moving objects

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cafemonaco
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X-Pro 1 focus tip for moving objects
Apr 21, 2012

Although I've mentioned it in a few replies to posts, I thought it might be helpful just to reiterate a simple technique that allows X-pro 1 users to get a very high percentage of pictures in focus for objects that are approaching you (eg kids, cyclists, cars etc).

A fuller explanation is at http://picabroad.com/ but, very briefly, when the object is on the AF patch just depress the shutter all the way down in in one movement - do not half press and wait for focus as you would on a DSLR.
Works beautifully.

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In reply to cafemonaco, Apr 21, 2012

YES, that's the way to get good information out to everyone - in its own thread with a telling 'subject'. i missed your earlier notes with a possible solution to the problem with focusing on moving targets. thank you very much.
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http://picabroad.com/2012/04/10/fuji-x-pro-1-autofocus-trick/

on moving targets you set the X-Pro on AF-S (NOT AF-C) and press the shutter down all the way in one movement and wait for the shutter to fire.

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In reply to cafemonaco, Apr 21, 2012

I've tried this and it does work - at least it does so within the limits of the overall system.

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In reply to cafemonaco, Apr 21, 2012

I'm grateful for this tip, but I guess it means focal point has to be in center of frame?

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In reply to fluxism, Apr 21, 2012

Does this work for X100 as well?

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In reply to cafemonaco, Apr 21, 2012

Just returned from a rugby match and have to say that this technique appeared to work quite well. Early days yet, but managed to track a fair few action shots using the 60mm at f2.4 with a 3 stop ND filter on the front. Also tended to use the OVF for timings. Wish I'd been able to get to the touchline much earlier, but the poor quality shots are my fault, not the XP1 - I just need to practice....

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In reply to cafemonaco, Apr 21, 2012

thanks for posting article.

went out to try it today on some fast moving bikes... was able to focus on the object!

cafemonaco wrote:

Although I've mentioned it in a few replies to posts, I thought it might be helpful just to reiterate a simple technique that allows X-pro 1 users to get a very high percentage of pictures in focus for objects that are approaching you (eg kids, cyclists, cars etc).

A fuller explanation is at http://picabroad.com/ but, very briefly, when the object is on the AF patch just depress the shutter all the way down in in one movement - do not half press and wait for focus as you would on a DSLR.
Works beautifully.

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In reply to kevin camera, Apr 22, 2012

I nailed this focus using this technique. The guy on the motorcycle was driving away from me... Glad it worked. Of course, you can move the focus point to anywhere on the frame to get the composition you want.

I just wish this technique worked with the Area AF Mode but that never seems to find the subject, no matter what. Arg.

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In reply to Dkaplan74, Apr 22, 2012

Dkaplan74 wrote:

Does this work for X100 as well?

Yes
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In reply to cafemonaco, Apr 22, 2012

Could you please tell it more exacty?

You mean if I see an interesting person walking on the street, I just point my Fuji to that person, compose and press the shutter button all the way down, without focusing?

I.e., just like it's a point and shoot camera?

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In reply to cafemonaco, Apr 22, 2012

Works very well with my X100

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In reply to Davidgilmour, Apr 22, 2012

well, when you press the shutter all the way down, you're already issuing the focus command.

so it's not taking a shot "without focusing" but it's more like "capturing the picture immediately after focus"

Davidgilmour wrote:

You mean if I see an interesting person walking on the street, I just point my Fuji to that person, compose and press the shutter button all the way down, without focusing?

I.e., just like it's a point and shoot camera?

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kevin camera wrote:

well, when you press the shutter all the way down, you're already issuing the focus command.

so it's not taking a shot "without focusing" but it's more like "capturing the picture immediately after focus"

Lol, so it IS a point and shoot after all

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In reply to mhohman, Apr 22, 2012

Great shot, mhohman.

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Great shot! Those pigs don't look very happy though.

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In reply to Davidgilmour, Apr 23, 2012

Davidgilmour wrote:

kevin camera wrote:

well, when you press the shutter all the way down, you're already issuing the focus command.

so it's not taking a shot "without focusing" but it's more like "capturing the picture immediately after focus"

Lol, so it IS a point and shoot after all

actually, known as a compact....just above the P&S

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In reply to cafemonaco, Apr 23, 2012

First of all, sincere thanks for the tip, much appreciated. One question though: isn't there an added risk of camera movement if you "mash down" on the button as you inevitably have to do? That would be the only downside...

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In reply to kevin camera, Apr 24, 2012

Yep, it's identical to my Canon SLR's option to give priority to focussing i.e. when the shutter release is pressed, "obtain focus and then release the shutter". Personally, I've never found a use for the other option which is "try to focus but release the shutter regardless".

kevin camera wrote:

well, when you press the shutter all the way down, you're already issuing the focus command.

so it's not taking a shot "without focusing" but it's more like "capturing the picture immediately after focus"

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In reply to James Ito, Apr 25, 2012

This is great news! I am contemplating buying the Fuji 35mm lens - so far only have body + my CV Nokton 35mm/1.4

Would this technique be helped or hindered by using a soft-release button?

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In reply to Francis Harrison, Apr 26, 2012

I don't own this camera but I have had fujis.in the past. Is there an option to disable the half shutter focus and force it to only react to full press?

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