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Focus accuracy X-T1

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  1. Marley Buffett

    Marley Buffett New Member

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    Hello all,
    it's been a while since I've been on. I've made a lot of improvement with my camera over the past two years but I still can't understand how to get the auto focus to select the correct subject when shooting continuous (C on the front) and CL on the dial. The lens is set on manual.
    I tried to upload two photos to show you but I'm not sure if I did it correctly. The settings are the same on both photos.
    Is there a way to make the focal point more accurate?

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    Lens set on "manual" ..... What lens?
     
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    focal length 50.5 JPG not RAW
     
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    Is the camera and lens firmware up to date? Body =>5.40 Lens =3.22
    X-T1 doesn't have the quickest "C" focus. Try "S"
    Use OIS; your images are "fuzzy" to me.
     
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    'S' with 'CL'?
    they are fuzzy to me too. I think the focal length is a problem with that lens. I extended it too far maybe.
     
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    Sorry, but the lens is set on manual and your'e trying to get autofocus? Do you mean manual exposure on the lens? For this subject I would set single point autofocus, smallest point possible and set the point over the subjects eye.
     
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    That is what I am struggling with. Having the lens in manual focus and then expecting an auto focus result does not make sense to me.
     
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    Yes, you are right, I meant Manual exposure on lens. I don't have the technical verbiage. How do I set a single point auto focus smaller?
     
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    in CL you don't have a choice of focusing the lens unless I am wrong?
     
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    Generally, I have found the smallest focus box isn't the best for most Fuji. It is too small and doesn't contain enough information for the best focus. Too easy for it to get confused. Generally best to size the focus box up just a little to the next size larger. Your mileage may vary.
     
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    I agree with @David Schneider , the smallest focus point does not deliver the best results (for me)
    May I ask the OP why are you using manual focus?
     
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    In the first picture the girl is in focus. But in the second picture it looks like the focus is on the rocks way behind her.
     
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    For a scene like this I'd probably just use single-point focus (second-smallest-focus square), and definitely S on the front. From her poses I wouldn't expect her to move more than a few centimeters back and forth, so even in CL, you should be better off than on C-Mode. Just lift your finger when she changes her pose, recompose and refocus.

    In C-mode I generally don't get the best results on a relatively stationary subject. If she was walking towards you or doing Yoga or Karate at the beach, C would be fine, of course.

    You could also try face detection, which should work well in a scene where your subject is the only face that the camera can lock on to.
     
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    That's my question. If the focus box is on the subjects face, why am I getting focus behind her?
     
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    OK, thank you for the information. This camera is different from my old Rebel and it takes some getting used to. Sometimes I think I never will.
    One more question. How can I have manual focus in the CL mode when the subject is still? In CL + C mode I have no control over the manual focus.
     
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    Everyone keeps talking about small or big focus boxes and I don't know how to change them. It seems that even in the focus mode that came with the camera (since I don't know how to change it) I still have problems getting it to focus on what I want.
     
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    In that case you should really look at the manual! There’s also an XT-1 AF special site on the Fuji website, that explains the different modes very well. Google it. It’s not hard to find!
     
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    When using the XT series and the 18-55 or for that matter any of the lenses, you go to the smallest focus box and make sure it is placed on the subjects eye or as close as you can get to the eye. While experimenting don't use the widest aperture but select something like f4.0-5.6 till your skill set and accuracy improves. IMPORTANT, shutter speed should always be at least 1-1.5 times the focal length so if your shooting at 55mm the shutter speed should be around 1/90 of a second. Even the most professional photographers such as Damien Lovegrove use this as their recommended shutter speed and recommend it in their tutorials. Many times what appears to be missed focus is actually camera movement. You might want to check out Please login or register to view linksand around the 1:30 mark, when he is showing the back of the camera, note where he places the focus points. (You are not going to see this by watching it on a cell phone so check it out on a computer or smart TV with Youtube capabilities.) If you find some of his earlier videos he demonstrates this technique using an X-T1 but in this demonstration he is using a X-T2. Personally I never use anything but the smallest focus point and spot, or single point focus. It's the only way you can assure you arte getting what you want in sharp focus. BTW you only use Continuous focus (C) for moving subjects. In the shots you are taking single(S) is preferred.
     
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    I can't figure out how to update the lens
     

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