Thom finally resurfaces, with comments sure to be controversial, at least here ...

Started Apr 17, 2014 | Discussions thread
Joachim Gerstl
Joachim Gerstl Veteran Member • Posts: 7,615
Re: OK, "sure to be controversial" doesn't seem to have panned out. That's a good sign.

Dorkington wrote:

photoreddi wrote:

Lyle From Canada wrote:

Not sure anything he said here is controversial at all. Seems pretty true across the board.

I agree, but if you look at forum comments made a month or two ago, reasonable comments such as Thom made would have been savagely attacked by a few, and highly criticized by some of the more moderate Fuji fans. People were routinely saying that the X-T1 had the fastest AF performance, not adding Fuji's caveat that it required using one exceptionally wide angle lens. Tony Northrup's initial mistakes didn't win him many fans, but when he revised his video review, he was still tarred and feathered because there were an lot of owners claiming that their X-T1s has excellent AF tracking performance. In fact it was far from excellent but the examples given just showed that the X-T1's tracking could get the job done if the subjects that it had to track didn't present challenges. One that I recall was of a toddler taking a few steps, another was of movement across the frame, not away from or coming closer to the camera. Hardly the same as a sprinter or a motorcycle racing towards the camera.

Some forum members recognized this, but they were in the great minority at the time. I guess that the initial overly defensive posture has become more reasonable, helped in great part by the sage comments from several respected forum members, notably Ray Sachs. At least that's what I see based on the first several replies in this thread.

Not true.

People were critical of commentary by such "experts" as Tony Northrup who said the X-T1 couldn't focus at all, period. Every other level headed person knows that marketing is marketing and recognized that the X-T1 is improved, but 'the best' it probably isn't.

I think Fuji is to blame here. Their fastest AF statement is misleading. Somewhere in the much smaller text they mentioned AF speed is measured with the 14mm lens. I do not use AF when I shoot with the 14mm most of the time. Stop down to f8 and zone focus will do the trick.

If you want a fast tracking camera get a DSLR. If speed is the most important thing it has to be a 1DX or D4. As simple as that. Even a 5DmkIII or a D800 is already compromised. But most DSLRs even the Canon rebels track better than most mirror less cameras. Though the newest mirror less cameras have been improved this statement is still true.

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