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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Fujifilm X-PRO2: Memory Cards Myth

This applies to all digital cameras including: Fujifilm, Canon, Nikon, Sony…

Myth #1: Do not erase images from the camera

Deleting images while reviewing is supposed to corrupt the memory card. Why don’t you try it yourself:

  • reformat the card in the camera
  • take a dozen photos of whatever is in front of you, your window, your desk, the wall…
  • start reviewing the images and delete image #3, image …
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Fujifilm X-PRO2: Flash & TTL

Fuji is not known for its flash system. The only reason I can use the Fujis for work is the Godox flash system that works very well with Fuji. I need wireless remote.

My main setup is the Fuji X-PRO2, the Godox X1T-F as the master on the camera and a combination of Godox flashes with TT385 and TT685.

People who want to impress other photographers will say …

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Fujifilm X-PRO2: Select the Size of the Focusing Area

When using the single focus point, I often have to change the size of the focus area. Fuji has some quick way of bypassing the menus which is:

AF/MF SETTING > FOCUS AREA

Instead of that you can (my preferred method)

Single Point AF

  1. Press the joystick in.
  2. Use the rear dial to select the size of the focusing area/frame.
  3. Press MENU/OK to enable the new setting.

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File Resolution

This applies to all Fujifilm cameras and all Canon, Nikon, Sony…

A few days ago, I had a discussion with a photographer. She said that even when she provides images to her clients in low resolution, some clients have taken these “low resolution” files are have them printed at local labs into 16 inch by 20 inch. Even though she provided jpegs with a low resolution of 72.

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Fujifilm X-PRO2: Focus Points

When using the zone focus or the wide-tracking focus, the display EVF or OVF shows multiple points that are supposed to be in focus. Why all these points?

In any of the area focus modes, the zone or the wide-tracking, the camera decides where to focus. Where to focus will depend on the which Fuji camera and which version of the firmware:

  • The older cameras and the older firmware will …
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Fujifilm X-PRO2 & the Electronic Shutter

All the Fujifilm X-cameras have both a mechanical shutter and an electronic shutter.

The mechanical shutter has a range from 15 minutes to 1/4000 or 1/8000 of a second depending on the camera model. Switching to the Electronic shutter the maximum shutter speed is 1/32000 of a second.

A Fuji 24 megapixel cameras has 4032 rows of 6032 pixels.

  • The mechanical shutter allows for the processor to …
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Fujifilm X-PRO2: Auto-ISO

Digital cameras have changed photography. In the “good old days” you bought a film: black or white, ASA (ASA begat DIN which begat ISO) 125 or 400 or a color film with a specific sensitivity with an ASA rating of 50 like the Fuji Velvia 50 or Kodachrome 64… And that was it. For the whole roll/film. You could push the sensitivity a little bit but not by much …

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Fujifilm X-PRO2: Hot Pixels

In the “good old days” all the digital cameras were using CCD (Charge Coupled Device) sensors and now almost all digital cameras use CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensors. CMOS image sensors are so much cheaper to manufacture and they behave better (more linear) in less than perfect conditions.

The way the sensor works (extremely simplified) is they receive the light from the photosite (a small lens that is front …

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Fujifilm X-PRO2: Standby Mode

Battery life for mirrorless cameras is dismal, especially when comparing with DSLR cameras. My Canon 7DMkII does easily 1200 exposures on one battery charge and I have had times with 2000+ exposures. My X-Pro2 with the Optical Viewfinder and no image display after taking the image gives me:

  1. The original Fujifilm battery: NP-W126S: 290 exposures
  2. The no-name brand battery: NP-W126: 180 exposures

BTW, these are my numbers, from …

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Fujifilm X-PRO2: 3rd Party Batteries

Most Lithium ion batteries for cameras are made of 2 cells (the round stuff that looks like a AA battery)

As far as I know, there are only 5 manufacturers of these Lithium Ion cells: 4 in China and 1 in Japan. Even Tesla doesn’t manufacture the Lithium Ion cells for its own car batteries, they use cylindrical Panasonic 18650 Lithium Ion cells.

The camera manufacturers like Canon, Nikon …

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