In a previous post I mentioned that the diminutive size of the XT1 was making back button focusing problematic. I thought then and still do think, that with time the necessary muscle memory will develop, but I’m still working on that. As a long term DSLR user (Canon 5D MkIII and Nikon D800E – both now sold) I am very used to the larger form factor and adapting to the smaller Fujis has been a challenge. Not insurmountable of course but it is probably the biggest challenge for me as I move to embrace the mirrorless revolution.
The third party grip arrived yesterday and as predicted has helped a little but not completely so it’s going to be a case of practice, practice and more practice on that score. As an aside, the £18 front grip from China is well made, fits well and doesn’t look out of place on the camera body.
However, I have found another possible solution buried in the camera manual. What? The camera manual? Who reads those? OK, not me if I’m honest, I stumbled across this whilst idly watching a YouTube video. It turns out that it is possible to swap the functionality of the AE-L and AF-L buttons meaning that focus can be moved to the AE-L button. I’ve tried it and it works, and best of all it’s an easy change in the main menu.
I’ve kept it “up my sleeve” as the saying goes whilst I continue trying to train myself to use the AF-L button as this is the most intuitive for me but it’s good to know there’s another option available if needed.
A few weeks back I spent a couple of days in Swansea visiting family. The best opportunities for photography were before breakfast and after dinner. Unusually for me I managed the pre-breakfast opportunities every morning for three days. The following images are simply a record of the few days. No story, no morals – just some photos.
…after over two weeks away from home I’ve now been back long enough to think I’ve never been away. However, I’ve not been back long enough to have made any impression on the folder of images awaiting processing! Here’s a selection of images from Swansea, East Lothian and Porlock Weir. Wales, Scotland and England.
I came home feeling it had been a reasonable trip but having started to work through some of the images over the last few days there’s a lot of “keepers” coming up so I have probably had a more productive time than I thought.
Anstruther sea wall – Fuji X-T10
Land Crab – Fuji X-T10
Swansea Marina – Fuji X-T10
The X-T10 was the most used camera in October, I used it for almost 70% of the images currently on my computer awaiting processing whilst the Fuji X100T accounted for around 25% of my output. The balance was the Fuji X-Pro1 and the Nikon D800E (the Nikon didn’t go on holiday with us though).