Tracy Face detection

Face detection Fuji 50-140mm lens

I did kind of think I had completed my personal review of the Fuji 50-140mm lens for the moment, I do have a Family Photoshoot next week, which will give me another opportunity to test the lens and of course the wedding the week after as many people know I write these blogs (which are a way of diarising my experiences) to hopefully give someone in the world, some kind of advice!

You can check out a couple of other articles I have written with regards to this lens (HERE)

Face detection 2

So why do i find myself adding more information about this lens being used on one of my Xprp2 cameras? I’m sure a large number of photographers (Like me) use the single AF point for defining where they want the camera to focus and as I mention in the other article, I set the focus size to the minimum setting when testing this lens to help me pinpoint the focus. I’m usually a focus then recompose the shot photographer, and as far as face detection, I've never really been a fan even in the studio for model shoots; it's always seemed a bit of a gimmick to me, however whilst running these tests with the new Fuji 50-140mm F2.8 lens on my Xpro2, I thought today’s challenge for me and the lens would be to see how this lens focuses using the Zone 92 point focus for single shots and using the Face detection (Auto eye Selection) on the Xpro2.

So today myself and my lovely wife headed off to the small (National Trust) Village of Laycock which is just outside of the little Wiltshire town of Melksham.

It was a lovely autumnal day, wonderful autumn sun and quite warm for this time of year in the UK. She wasn't very impressed that I was using her as my test subject but I wanted to try the face detection.

People walking

Just to provide a little bit of information on the camera setup, I had the camera set to ISO 400, the majority of shots taken at F2.8 (To make the focus work a tad harder) and the shutter speed as the camera wished to set!

Oh and one other small idea I had, I wanted to see how this lens holds up with regards to lens flair, so for all the images below, I didn't have the lens hood attached!

Please take a look at the images below, next week I shall try and write another small article after the Family photoshoot, one other thing I’m quite interested in trying, is the Face detection setting with a Family, will it focus on the whole group? Lets see! I have written a small conclusion below the images.

My Conclusion:

Face detection worked really well, I did find it a little frustrating at times as I tended to forget to get the scene set first, then allow the face detection to kick in, I found myself at first keeping the camera in position as soon as the Face detection fixed on the subject, which did require some cropping of some of the images when I got home, but it did handle focus quite well. One thing I noticed was the metering control is fixed when set for face detection, I’m pretty sure it's because the metering becomes spot metering for the face, but it did control the metering quite well.

Zone AF, I actually loved this, obviously for moving subjects one needs to set continuous and remember to change the AFC to release in the settings. What I loved was the freedom the zone setting allowed me, rather than pinpointing the focus, (Which I’m a nightmare for) the camera did nail 98% of the shots and it helped me focus and shoot very fast.

Not having the Lens hood attached caused absolutely no issues with lens flair, even when I tried to push it, the lens handled brilliantly.

All the images ladies and Gents are quick fire shots, I wanted to just hold the camera to my eyes and fire the shutter, I personally feel when I test a piece of camera equipment, I want to push the camera, taking images completely opposite from my normal way of shooting, hope this makes sense!

Please take a look at the images below, next week I shall try and write another small article after the Family photoshoot, one other thing I’m quite interested in trying, is the Face detection setting with a Family, will it focus on the whole group? Lets see!

"Photography is a journey, take it with Fuji" - Michael Gane - thefxworks