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

Started Mar 13, 2014 | Discussions thread
Jim Radcliffe
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Nothing's worse than a goat that's been got.... a short story.

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.

Quick focus, especially AF, is very important for a number of styles of photography....

  • Sports... you may miss the decisive moment
  • Street... you may miss the decisive moment
  • Birding & Wildlife... you may miss the decisive moment
  • Weddings... you may miss the decisive moment
  • Documentary... you may miss the decisive moment
  • Kids... you may miss the decisive moment

You do not always have the luxury of time to think about the shot as you suggest.  Of course if all you shoot are static subjects, still life, flowers, landscapes, architecture... then it's not an issue but fast, accurate auto-focus is very important to the majority of photographers.

Sorry about that goat.

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