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Bristolgary

Could some one that understands explain this to me. Taken from the X30 instructions.

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Bristolgary

[RELEASE/FOCUS PRIORITY]

Choose how the camera focuses in focus mode or [C].

[RELEASE]

Shutter response is prioritized over focus. Pictures can be taken when the camera is not in focus.

[FOCUS]

Focus is prioritized over shutter response. Pictures can be only taken when the camera is in focus.

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jeremyclarke

Huh a good setting that didn't exist on older cameras.

The problem as I understand it: The camera is either locked onto a subject or seeking a subject. When it is still seeking a subject and you hold down the shutter, the normal behavior is to make you wait until it is confident it has locked focus before taking the shot. This is good because you probably don't want out-of-focus images, but it's bad because in many situations you need the shot immediately, even if focus isn't perfect. This is especially true in continuous focus.

So "Release" will mean "take the shot immediately no matter what" and "Focus" means obtain locked focus before shooting.

Nice to see another improvement to the AF-C mode, since it is universally understood to be useless in the form it takes in X-E1-generation cameras.

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veejaycee

Yeah it is confusing. Turn it around the other way.

Focus: if the subject is not in focus, the shutter will not fire i.e. the button will not press.

Release: when you press the shutter it will take a picture even if the subject is not in focus.

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lesmic

If you press the shutter all the way, the camera will take the picture even though the lens may not have had the time to focus on the subject. It will prioritize your request to take the picture over focus confirmation.

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Garyh

The two functions are very useful for street or documentary shooting, rather like one would set the Av to f5.6 on a point and shoot and then "shoot from the hip", with sufficient depth of field and focus to make a difference rather than fumbling for focus when time is critical. That Fuji provide the choice of two distinct operating methods speaks volumes for their knowledge of what photographers prefer and how many work.

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