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

Started Mar 13, 2014 | Discussions thread
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David McGaughey wrote:

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.

So it doesn't bother you, so it's not an issue. Obviously the decades Canon/Nikon have spent tweaking and improving their AF systems were a total waste. They should have just given up when the camera could focus in less than a second.

I guess you don't shoot kids (or if you do, you only shoot them when you are posing them?). Or sports. Or any dynamic scene. A lot can happen in 0.2 seconds.

With all due respect to the OP this is just one more example of 'if I don't need it, I don't think anyone else needs it.' Many of us take photos that requires us to catch the moment the instant we see it because it will be gone almost that quickly. We have to compose the shot and hit the shutter release ASAP and trust the camera's systems to do their jobs correctly. There is no time to compose, check settings, take a puff on the Meerschaum, then check some more settings, then one more puff and finally snap the pic.

I can't provide any images where a shot was ruined due to focusing speed being a nano second slow, but that is because I bought a camera that focuses quickly enough to keep up with action.

The OP's camera works for him and that's great but it might not be up to the task for the next person - amazing as that might seem to him.

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