I recently got my Fujifilm X-E1 body and was immediately very impressed with the AF speed, as was everyone else who tried it. It appeared snappier than the X-Pro1, but although I knew the X-Pro1 had improved lately with the new v2.0 firmware, I wanted to see if there was actually any difference between the two with the same lens attached. Wilkinson Cameras in Kendal kindly lent me a 2nd 35mm lens for the weekend so I could try out both cameras side-by-side with the same lens. Having the same lens was essential because the AF performance on these cameras depends greatly on the lens attached. I chose the 35mm as I thought that it is probably the lens most people own and use as their primary lens. It’s also the middle performer in terms of AF speed so we can get a good comparison out of it.
The video of the comparison is posted below. I won’t ruin the result for you by telling you here – watch the video and see for yourself! I think most people will be quite surprised by the conclusion.
This isn’t intended to serve as a show of the performance of the AF in either camera, it isn’t there to show how fast or slow they are, simply as a comparison between them both and to see how their AF systems behave side-by-side.
I realise the AF sounds a bit noisy here, it isn’t really – I had just recorded it with an iPhone which was sat directly onto the same table and the noise has transmitted directly through the table into the iPhone microphone!