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Image sequence using AF-Tracking
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June, 2017

Photography
Fuji X-T2

Fuji is getting great press for the capability of its AF-tracking in the X-T2 mirrorless camera. For instance, TechRadar has this to say:

A huge leap forward compared with the system found in the X-T1, AF tracking of moving subjects is very snappy, while the level of sophistication and customisation is impressive. Add in 8 frames per second burst shooting, a clever double-hinged rear display, bright EVF, Fujifilm’s excellent 24.3MP X-Trans III CMOS sensor and plenty of body mounted controls and you’re left with one of the best cameras available today.

Read their review of the 10 best digital cameras in 2017 here.

Also, check some of the many reviews on YouTube such as Michael the Maven’s video:

Something to bear in mind when watching YouTube videos or reading reviews is the date when they were done. Fuji is one of the best companies for releasing firmware updates on a regular basis. For example, since Michael’s video review, Fuji has released two firmware updates. For example, firmware update version 2.0 included the following improvements:

7. Faster “Face Detection AF”

The update enables the use of Phase Detection AF for faster performance in Face Detection AF.

8. Improved in-focus indication in the AF-C mode

The update reduces focus hunting in the AF-C mode, making it easier to track a subject.

9. Addition of a smaller Focus Point size in Single Point AF

The update adds a smaller Focus Point size in Single Point AF, bringing the total number of available sizes to six. The new smallest size facilitates pinpoint focusing.

14. Activation of the Eye Sensor in video recording (X-T2 only)

The update allows you to use the Eye Sensor during video recording to automatically switch between EVF and LCD.

16. Re-autofocusing in video recording

With the update, half-press the Shutter Release button or press the button assigned to “AF-ON” function during video recording to re-do autofocusing.

These have all improved the user experience when using AF-Tracking.

I thought I’d post some images I took of a jet airliner passing overhead. Remember these were all hand-held using the 50-140mm F2.8 lens in conjunction with the 1.4x T/C. Also, in some images, the airliner is slightly obscured by cloud. Remember too that no post-processing has been done. These are straight from the RAW Converter.

Note: These are all down-sized versions of the originals. However, here is a 100% grab of each of the original images, so you can see how well the camera has managed to track the image and keep the plane in focus. Also, none of the images has been edited (so no sharpening, colour correction of other changes made). They are screenshots from the RAW images opened up in RAW File Converter EX 2.0 (powered by Silkypix).

I reckon that 12 out of the 19 or more are sharp (remember none have had sharpening applied and RAW images always require some sharpening, unlike in-camera JPEGs that have had sharpening applied).

Just in case you were wondering, here is one of the shots edited in Luminar.

A huge leap forward compared with the system found in the X-T1

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