Fujifilm: The Magic of OIS

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Assistance Dog in Training

This image was taken indoors, with me bent over to lower the camera to the Labrador Retriever’s eye level. The camera is hanging down in my hands with the LCD is angled so I can frame the photo.

One nine’s of a second and it’s more than acceptably sharp. This is the magic of image stabilization. Could I have used a higher shutter …

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Fujifilm X-PRO2: Variable Zoom

At the beginning of the X serie, Fuji started with zoom lenses, the XF-18-55mm f/2.8-f/4 and the XF-55-200mm f/3.5-f/4.8. Now Fuji is mostly known for their fixed lenses.

The nice thing, about these variable zooms, is that they were great bargains. Small, cheap and have pretty good optical quality.

The problem with these variable zooms is that they are variable zooms …

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Instagram and Black and White Hashtags

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook bought Instagram in 2012 for a small billion dollars in April 2012. Everybody said that Zuckerberg is an idiot and overspent by a lot. 7 years later, Facebook and Instagram represent 80% of all the images on the Internet and 95+% of all the advertising related to images. Nobody competes with Facebook/Instagram when it comes to advertising and photos.

As a photographer, I’m more …

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Fujifilm X-PRO2: Simple Video Settings

Fuji cameras are not known for their video. Now the Fuji X-T3 has the “video chops”, but the rest of the Fuji cameras? It’s so, so. With these settings, you can get more than “decent” videos.

The simplest video settings are

  • set the ISO to auto
  • set the shutter speed to auto
  • set the aperture to auto
  • set the film simulation to whatever you like
  • set the focus to …
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Fujifilm X-PRO2: Display Shutter Speed & ISO

Normally, the Fujifilm cameras do not display the shutter speed and the actual ISO if the camera is set to:

  • DR-Auto
  • Auto-ISO

On the other hand, if the Auto-ISO is enabled but the DR-Auto is disabled and the camera is in the P mode (Auto: for the shutter dial and A for the lens), then both the shutter speed and aperture will be displayed correctly so …

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Fujifilm X-PRO2: Sensor Cleaning

Fuji, like most of the other cameras has a sensor self-cleaning mechanism. Since the only Fuji camera with IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization) is the X-H1, the self-cleaning for the other cameras is done by creating static electricity on the sensor and stopping the static electricity and hoping that the dirt will get off the sensor.

With IBIS, the sensor self-cleaning is a two-step process. First the camera creates static …

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Fujifilm X-PRO2: Firmware Updates

One of main reason, I bought into the Fujifilm system is that the “Kaizen”, the continuous quality improvements through the numerous firmware updates. Fujifilm does regular updates not only for for the cameras but also for the lenses, although less frequent for the lenses.

Make sure that the camera’s battery is fully charged before updating your camera’s firmware.

If the battery dies in the middle of the firmware …

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Fujifilm: Quick Operations

Fujifilm cameras like X-PRO2, the X-T20 and the X-T2 have a whole bunch of shortcuts. In the computer lingo, they would be called macros, they provide direct access to menu items without having to go through the menu system.

Function Keys

  • To see where the Fn buttons are located and what is assigned to each of function key, press and hold the DISP/BACK button.
  • Press and hold any …
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