Focus lock etc...

Hey Kage,
I have a question for you guys regarding focus lock... I'm just curious to know what you think and how you use this feature before sending in a note about it to Fuji.

I got word from them yesterday that my X-T1 was on its way and I'll probably get it Monday or Tuesday. But I was shooting all week with the X-Pro1 and X100 and I realized how much I use the focus lock button when I'm shooting in AF. On the X-T1 the behaviour of this button has now changed: instead of locking the focus in place, it first refocuses and THEN locks it down. I wrote about it in my review and got a few comments saying this was a "great feature"... Am I the only one who doesn't get it? 

I understand the idea is to mimic the back button focussing of DSLRs... But we could already do that by shooting manual — I do it all the time. For me the whole point of locking focus when I'm in AF is to PREVENT the camera from wasting time acquiring focus when I know it's already dead on. It allows me to lock the camera and shoot, here and now. This new behaviour means I won't have a choice but to shoot manual most of the time. Not a problem but I fail to see what we're gaining here...

What do you guys think? For me this really feels like a behaviour we should be able to choose since it also breaks away from the other bodies in the line.

Btw, I read your X-T1 post Bert and I agreed with every single thing you said; including your ho-hum reaction to the prototype and subsequent change of heart. Truth is, in spite of this focus lock change, I spent the entire week wishing I had this camera with me. I never thought going back to the X-Pro1 after two weeks would be that much of a let down. Well, not a let down but just such a downward shift in performance and handling and flow...  

I still love the results though. A few pics below (the image at top is the promo shot)... There's a KAGE story in the material but this isn't it at all. So no dissection yet please ;) 

And I just got the new 2014 X Photographers book...
Have a great weekend and let me know about this issue when you get a chance.
Later :)

Patrick La Roque

laROQUE, 311 Lorncliff, Otterburn Park, Canada