35/35/35 #20: Easter Peeps

Fuji X-T30 and 35/2 lens

I think I’ll shake things up a bit more for myself. For almost as long as I’ve been shooting with autofocus cameras, I’ve been using back-button focusing (where the autofocus function is disabled from the shutter release and assigned to another button, separating the AF from the shutter release to provide more control. Especially useful for sports.) And I would usually use single-point AF, or sometimes single-point with four AF assist points.

For 20-some years now, every time I purchased a new camera the first thing I would do, after turning off the annoying beep, is go into the custom settings and reassign the AF function. And that was the first thing I did with my Fuji cameras.

I’m starting to find that my new cameras have the best autofocus system I’ve ever used. The tracking when using multiple points seems amazingly accurate. And the eye-detect AF is surprisingly good. So for the next couple weeks I’m going to try to let technology do it’s job. I’m going to reassign the AF back to the shutter release, and set the custom functions on couple of the back buttons so I can quickly change focus points, focus point patterns, and jump back and fourth between standard and eye-detect AF without needing to remove my eye from the viewfinder.

It’ll take a bit to unlearn 20-some years of habit, but if the technology lives up to expectations, it may add even more fun to my photography.

Published by Jim Lee

Former newspaper photographer. Now shooting photos for fun.

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