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I get SOOOOOOOOOO frustrated with my X100 focusing ability, I just don't know what to do. Example: yesterday I had lunch with a friend and she wanted me to meet her new kittens. They were inside in a room with window light and cannot exactly run yet, but were still mobile. Light was probably "poor", but nothing that would have even phased me with my Leica (this is probably my issue - I am a manual focus gal). Used ISO 3200 and attempted to get some close up shots. First try - the damn thing wouldn't focus AT ALL. Threw...Show more →
Couple of thoughts here. If manual focus is your thing, use manual on the x100s. You may find this will help a lot and fit your style/preference. I have found that in tough light situations where it has trouble achieving focus, look for something that has a vertical line or vertical area of contrast. It seems to lock more easily on vertical than horizontal under low light. Also, you can change the size of the auto focus indicator. This helps me tremendously. I keep it on the smallest so that I have more precision in terms of what it locks on, but sometimes I enlarge the AF point size to help with low light/low contrast scenarios. You'll have to do some trial and error to find which works best for you. Lastly, make sure you are in macro when needed, but not in macro when not applicable. Occasionally I accidentally leave macro on, causing problems with locking on normal/far away subjects. Vice versa, too.
Hope this helps! The x100s AF is not on par with a DSLR, but its close and I find it does an outstanding job, particularly if you take some of these techniques into account depending on the situation. Don't give up yet!