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Kit Laughlin wrote:
ddjohns, others here will add their thoughts, but I do not find the AF slow on the X-E1. Slow compared to my D3s? Yes. 'Get in the way' slow? Not for me. I only use the primes (18, 35, 60). The 60 does occasionally go to sleep on the job, but simply re-aiming is enough (pan off very slightly; re-acquire). When I am using it as a macro, though, I go MF and use the truly excellent 10x (or 3x) magnification.
In good light, I think the X-E1's AF is plenty fast. Not as fast as newer m4/3 cams or NEX, but plenty fast enough for any work I'd need. In indoor lighting with contrasty subjects...again, no problem whatsoever. Compared to the absolutely abysmal focusing action and live view freezing of the X-Pro 1, it's a revelation.
The issue I've had is mainly in trying to focus on eyes under indoor lighting. Set the focus box to one of the smaller settings, and the camera often fails to find focus at all. Enlarge the box and you lose precision (and still sometimes it won't focus). I also find it has an issue in lower light when trying to focus on something significantly closer than its current focus setting...it tries the area around where it is currently focused and won't sweep through to MFD all the time to pick up the subject, and it gives up....if I then pre-focus on something closer to my subject that's really contrasty, then focus on my subject, it'll get it, but it can at times be infuriating. Plus, the 35/1.4's element extension focusing system means it's slower to focus than most lenses (and it's loud).
That said, I'm still really enjoying the camera. The images are beautiful and the camera is a joy to use. The EVF is outstanding. Simple and powerful controls. I really enjoy having it as a complementary system to my m4/3 kit, but the AF struggles do make it so that it can't replace my m4/3 kit any time soon. The current m4/3 cams are simply so responsive that I forget about the camera entirely, and I certainly can't say that with the Fuji. I'm looking forward to using it as a platform for my manual focus glass, though, as I think that's an area where the larger sensor does make more sense over micro 4/3. My 85/1.4 is a somewhat awkward medium-long telephoto on m4/3 rather than the essentially perfect long portrait prime it will be on APS-C (My adapter is in the mail).