Getting sharper focus on the face?

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  1. SquarePeg

    SquarePeg Hear me roar Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Yeah I'm not that crazy about the wider focal lengths and really only use the 18-55 for landscape stuff. I'm trying to use the 18-55 more often, I just don't find it all that exciting... The XT2 handles high ISO remarkably well, IMO. For either of these photos I would have switched over to the 60 but it hunts in low light - it's super sharp but not super fast. Still, I think the results would have been better than with the 18-55.

    I don't take a ton of people photos except for family events. I need to start practicing though. While I have no interest in doing this for money, I think portraiture as art is a very interesting area and it would be nice to be able to take senior portraits for my daughter and her friends in 3 years.


     
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    I use the 60 in manual focus with peaking highlights about 99.9% of the time to overcome the low light slow focus issue. Works incredibly well. I do turn off the focus preview though, don't care for it. The 18-55 is a very nice lens but your right, it is kind of boring for some reason. It always impresses me though. I use it in low light a lot because the OIS enables me to shoot at really slow shutter speeds. You still have to pay attention to your stability stance though. I think the micro contrast on the 60 is better, that may be what your seeing.
     
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    @jcdeboever

    Is there a way to quickly toggle from zoomed in to standard view when using focus peaking?
     
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    I don't think so. I seem to recall it just pops up, hence why I don't care for it. It messes with my composition mojo.
     
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    Yes, exactly, especially when in close. I’ll just turn it off then and leave peaking on.
     
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    It's a little more useful on the xpro2, it ahas a toggle switch on the front to put the view finder in hybrid mode which actually is ok when doing portraits. The only thing with the xp2 is I am left eye dominant and the vf is on the left. If the XT2 acted like that, I may use it more. I guess ... If I was right eye dominant, I'd probably use the xp2 more than the XT2. The xp2 is so stunning looking.
     
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    Does this camera have the ability to do autofocus microfocus adjustment. I have an 85mm f 1.8 that was doing what you show above... it was focusing short. I described this on the forum and someone explained AF microfucus adjustment. What a difference that makes, especially with a fast lens.
     

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