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Well, after more testing, this update is going to be simply huge for me. Before the update, I was having issues with occasional AF failures in indoor lighting when focusing on people's eyes, say ISO 1600, f/1.4, 1/60s. Contrastier subjects were fine in that light, but lower contrast stuff and eyes could be a problem. I also had to use the larger focus box to get it to lock. Now, in situations two full stops worse than that (actually a little more even), with the smallest AF box, I'm getting AF to lock accurately and pretty darn quickly every single time. This is going to be huge for me. This update turns the camera from a great camera for deliberate shooting to a camera that can be used for a much wider variety of shooting, and while the AF still isn't quite as fast as something like the OM-D with a fast AF lens, it's about the same as the OM-D with the Panny 20/1.7, and that's good enough for me. At this point AF is lens focus motor limited, and that's a good place for Fuji to be.
As to the X-Pro experience...I didn't own an XP1, but I tried one when they were new, and it was absolutely abysmal. Super slow, often failing to lock, and worst of all...live view would freeze during AF. So you'd start AF, you lose the view, then it would come back when (if) focus was achieved. It was terrible. While that AF system shouldn't ever have hit the market the way it was, the difference from then to now, and the fact Fuji made those improvements via free FW update is commendable.
Edited on Jul 23, 2013 at 11:43 AM · View previous versions