Learning My Little Fuji: Focus Peaking

“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.”  -Phil Collins

Yesterday A few accessories I had ordered from B&H arrived (amazingly fast delivery I might add), and I couldn't wait to try them out. Even though I plan to use all Fuji lenses (because hello! Fuji glass rocks!), until I can grow my arsenal I'm sadly going to have to rely on the use of Nikon lenses for the ultra wide and macro shooting I like to do. Which brings me to part of my purchase, a Fotodiox Pro Nikon to Fuji lens adapter. At first it seemed it wasn't working. No matter what Nikon mount lens I used, my camera would not take a photo with the adapter on. I got frustrated, put it off to the side and continued on with my work. 

Last night Brandon got home and I told him about the issue and he set about figuring it out for me, and he did! Did I mention how much I love this guy? Anyway, it was a setting in the camera that I had to change. So if you are shooting with a Fuji X-T1 and want to use a lens adapter you must go into Menu #3 and scroll down to Shoot Without Lens, and turn that feature on. Now you can use your adapter. You're welcome!  

During the search for answers on this problem we came across a video that mentioned using the focus peaking feature when forced to manually focus while using the lens adapter and I was all, what's that?! That was not a feature on my D750 or D7000, so I really had no idea what it did. Well, I quickly found out and I'm in love! I hate manually focusing, mainly because I suck at it. I don't have perfect 20/20 vision and trying to figure out if something is tack sharp in a little viewfinder is maddening. With focus peaking though, as I manually focus my lens, the parts of the photo that are in focus are highlighted. Holy schnitzel! Most awesome feature ever! Love it!  Again, if you use a Fuji X-T1 this is a must use feature when manually focusing. To set it up go to Menu #4 and then to MF Assist and turn on Focus Peak Highlight. You won't be sorry & you're welcome again! 

So yeah, I got up this morning and tried out my newly found feature, and I'm loving it! I used my Nikon 105mm 2.8 macro w/my X-T1 and it worked quite well. Though shooting with that beast of a lens on my little Fuji reminds me of why I switched in the first place. So dang heavy!  Alas I leave you with a quick shot I took with that setup this morning. I need to get some flowers soon and really test it out. Until then, limes shall do.