Fujifilm: Manual Focus & Focus Peaking

I started photography in the so called: “ the good old days.”

  • On SLRs (Single Lens Reflex cameras - long before the digital revolution) we had a small split screen in the center of the viewfinder to focus and that was it.
  • On rangefinders like the Canonet (which I had) and the Leica there was a little rangefinder in the middle of the viewfinder that was linked to the focusing ring of the lens. You looked in …
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Fujifilm X-PRO2: Aperture Rear Dial

When you place shutter switch to “A” and lens to”A”, you are in the P mode. The “Professional mode”. This means that the camera will select both the shutter speed and the aperture with a bias toward the higher shutter speed.

Do the half press on the shutter button and you will see the settings for both the aperture and the shutter speed.

If you keep your finger “half-pressing” the shutter and rotate the …

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Fujifilm: Metadata

In 2014, everybody, especially Barack Obama, was talking about metadata. The government was denying looking at emails and cellphone texts but only at the metadata.

What is METADATA? It’s data about the data.

People think that raw files are the raw data from the CMOS sensor. It’s not. It’s a structured file that is standardized and that is made of various sections:

  • A header that lists the byte-ordering of the file, the …
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Fujifilm X-PRO2: Faster Operations

There are many little things that will make the camera faster, but the two main settings are:

  1. Image display
  2. Memory card

Image Display

Menu > Wrench > SCREEN SETTING > IMAGE DISP. > OFF

When the camera’s drive mode is in STILL IMAGE (single), the camera won’t take another exposure while generating the review image.

Memory Card

The memory card speed makes a huge difference. In STILL IMAGE (single) mode, the camera won’t take another exposure …

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Fujifilm X-PRO2: WYSIWYG or the EVF

Almost all mirrorless cameras are WYSIWYG: “What You See Is What You Get”. That’s all the current mirrorless cameras except for two cameras: The Leica M serie and the Fujifilm X-Pro serie, but the X-Pros are both Optical ViewFinders (OVF) and Electronic ViewFinders (EVF).

WYSIWYG is a computer acronym that was first used by MicroPro for their word processor: WordStar. That was in 1981, long before the Mac or the Windows computers. They didn …

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Fujifilm & the Image Numbering

The Fujifilm cameras numbering is:

  1. Folder: The folders are numbered and start at 100, then 101, 102…
  2. Frame number: Each folder can have up to 9999 images

Reformatting or changing the SD memory card may not reset the frame numbers. The keyword here is “may” It depends on the settings of:

SETUP > SAVE DATA SET-UP > FRAME NO

There are two options:

  1. CONTINUOUS: The image number continues in the same folder as before and it continues …
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Fujifilm: Lens Modulation Optimizer

The Fujifilm lens modulation optimizer’s job is to:

  1. Adjust for image for the diffraction that happens when closing the aperture.
  2. Fix the loss of focus at the periphery of the lens (which is different from vignetting) by reconstructing some of the lost details.

This works only with the modern Fujifilm lenses, the XF and the XC serie of Fujifilm lenses.

  • The Lens Module Optimizer only operates in the Fujifilm cameras only.
  • The Lens Module …
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Fujifilm X-PRO2: Viewing in the Dark

One of the biggest benefit of mirrorless cameras is the WYSIWYG. WYSIWYG stands for: what you see is what you get. Changing the exposure make the image in the viewfinder brighter or darker at the correct aperture and depth of field…

The problem with “what you see is what you get” cannot anticipate extra lights like flash or or lights that will be turned on…

Most of the time with flash, the EVF or the …

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Fujifilm X-PRO2: The Battery Charger

Fujifilm uses the NP-W126 Li-ion battery for most of its X serie cameras, and like all camera manufacturers they provide a battery charger the BC-W126.

It charges the NP-W126 in about 2½ hours. It’s a good charger, kind of, that does a reliable charge. Works every time. I like it except for the plug-in cord.

What’s with that plug-in cord? It’s bigger than the charger and it doesn’t …

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Fujifilm: When Was Your Camera Manufactured?

At the bottom of your Fujifilm camera (X-PRO2, X-PRO1, X-T1, X-T10, X-T2, and X-T20) usually on the battery compartment, there’s the serial number printed on the label attached to the bottom of the camera.

Mine starts with 63xxxxxxx

  1. The first digit is the year of manufacturing: 6 → 2016, 7: → 2017…
  2. The second digit is the quarter of the year: 3 → 3rd quarter, meaning between July and September.

This means that my Fujifilm …

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Fujifilm X-PRO2: Dynamic Range Settings

The Fujifilm cameras like the X-T serie (the X-T10, X-T20, X-T1, X-T2) and the X-PRO2 have the concept of the Dynamic Range. (BTW, I’m not sure about the X-E1 and the X-E2, since I haven’t had any of these cameras).

  • All photo sensors including those on smartphones and tablets have some dynamic range to capture both the highlights and the shadows.
  • The Dynamic Range goes from a low of 8EV to a …
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