Fuji released version 3.0 of the Xpro1 firmware and, as promised, it provides the much awaited focus peak highlight feature. I have been looking forward to this release as I wanted a more effective way of using my manual focus Leica and Voigtländer glass. If you have read my previous post on the 28mm Ultron, you will know that what I want is something that will tell me where the plane of focus is without having to use the 3x/10x magnification mode.
On the Voigtländer there is less than 1/4 of a turn to go from 0.7mm, the closest focusing distance, to infinity. Slight movements of the focus ring can significantly move the plane of focus, so focus peaking needs to be obvious and accurate if it is to help. The Fujinon 35mm is a little different as its throw is dependent to a degree on how quickly you rotate the ring. Did I get what I wanted ? …its not fair to make complete judgment without more time using the feature, so below are my first impressions in a somewhat controlled environment. Over the next couple of days I will post a more detailed view and conclusion, but for now here are my first thoughts. By default the Funjinon lenses focus wide open. For manual focusing this is quite important as it gives the finest control over the placement of the focus plane, assuming there is little or no focus shift when stopped down or what there is is masked by DOF. The Voigtländer 35mm Color Skopar has to be manually stopped down, as there is no electronic connection to the camera body. For this first look I tended to focus at the aperture I would be shooting at, simply because opening up, focusing and then stopping down before you take a photo is akin to throwing your left leg over your right shoulder before you take a photograph. Its fine if you are shooting architecture from a tripod for instance but….