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

Started Mar 13, 2014 | Discussions thread
chuck12 Regular Member • Posts: 109
Re: Once And For All - All this "Nuts" about Focusing Speed

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.

You are really discounting many genres of photography here.

Any photography that requires capturing an spontaneous moment in time is when focus matters, A LOT.


  • Wedding Photography
  • War Photography
  • Street Photography
  • People Photography

The list is endless.

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.

I don't think "ruined" is the word here, but opportunities missed are obviously higher with Fuji cameras right now compared to something such as a DSLR. So it's hard to "prove" by showing you photos.

Special moments will be missed, especially indoors or in low light where it can sometimes take an age to lock focus. Even in bright light it can sometimes be unreliable if the subject is moving.

Not everyone wants posed, structured, setup photos.

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