Fuji X Of Course Nothing Is Perfect

I go on and on about how much I love my Fuji X gear. Yesterday I even gushed about my crappy old XT-1 and kit lens. Sometimes I forget to illustrate flaws, annoyances, and things that are not so rosy. Today I'll balance the scales a bit with some negatives. Let's talk focus, forget auto-focus for a second and speed and all that shit. The upside of Fuji and all mirrorless cameras for that matter is pretty much perfect focus. No calibration issues with sensor plane distances vs. AF sensor distances, crap tons of focus points so no trig issues of center focus/recompose when working really close, etc, etc.

Let's take a look at some evidence here as to a Fuji issue which is endemic since day one that's super annoying.

Exhibit A:


Oooops, well that focus is pretty far from perfect. Let's take a look at the one before that.

Exhibit B:


Not quite perfect focus is it. The troublesome part is that the tiny little focus point was placed exactly on M.'s eye in both frames and worse I got the green confirmation box saying good to go. I would much prefer if the god damn camera would at least tell me it's not good to go.

The recipe for confusing the Fuji cameras is pretty much the following: Background lighter than foreground. The difference in brightness that causes this is less and less the darker the environment. In bright light a strong backlight causes this. In darker conditions like this it doesn't take much. Obviously my strobe knocked the ambient down to zero in the shots above. In reality I would say the background was maybe a stop or a little more brighter than the foreground.

Has this behavior improved? Maybe, maybe not. It's hard to say between the X-Pro2 and XT-1. It's impossible to compare the X-Pro1 because in many cases (like darker studio ambient where you are using strobes) that camera just wouldn't focus at all.

End Notes

All pictures made with the Fuji XT-1 and 18-55mm XF. Processing via LR with a random B/W preset of my own applied on import. Lighting via Profoto B2, Umbrella deep XL silver.