So you have just bought the new X-T20, taken a few pics, played with the menus, but somehow feel lost or not sure how to best utilise some of the options available. Well, you’re in luck, read on and I will take you through each setting and explain what each does, what your choices are, what I personally have and for what reason. Maybe my settings will suit your style of photography maybe not, either way, I'm sure you will find most of the info helpful.
NOTE: This article is an update from 2 years ago
Mirrorless cameras, especially those from Fuji, are changing the way Pro photographers are working! And if you are a DSLR user and think I’m exaggerating, then you are in denial LOL. The biggest and most dramatic advantage of mirrorless cameras, is the EVF. The second biggest advantage comes exclusively from Fujifilm, and that is the in camera RAW converter with its most beautiful film simulations.
UPDATED: This article was updated with new info and had some corrections done 16/4/2017
NOTE: I got a chance to use a friends X-T20 and thought I pass on my honest first impressions and how I felt it compared with the X-T1 which im very familiar with.
For starters, i dont think anyone reading this doesnt already know that the X-T20 is pretty much the poor mans X-T2. With that said, I should poiint out, this is no "cheap-feeling" camera, though it does have it its fair share of plastic, but thankfully the fully specced tech specs and those manual controls and dials help to make this a more serious tool. Basically the Fujifilm X-T20 shares the same 24MP sensor and image processor as the X-T2 / X-Pro2, much of the the same speed and improved autofocus system, and some of the 4K video goodness for those who care, making this a serious buy for the amateur, the enthusiast and the semi-pro.
NOTE: This article is based on my personal preferences for setting up the X100T with firmware version 1.10. For users of any of the older two cameras, this guide overall should prove helpful.
THE SETUP PROCESS
Before we start, make sure you have a freshly charged battery installed and a hot cup of coffee (or whatever else you prefer) nearby. Also check your firmware version. Press and hold the DISP. BACK button while switching the camera on and the firmware version will be shown on the rear LCD. If outdated, please follow the instructions from the Fujifilm website to update it.
We need to also make sure that were starting from scratch by doing a factory reset. Navigate to the blue SETUP-UP menu and select RESET>SHOOTING MENU RESET> OK and then navigate to RESET>SETUP RESET> OK. Now that the camera has a fully charged battery, been updated and reset, let’s start configuring the camera.
My reference "X series" is to any of the three first versions (X100, X100s and X100T) unless otherwise specified.
The X100 series cameras don't in any form try to compete with any DSLR. A typical Nikon or Canon can outperform the rangefinder type mirrorless X100 in such things such as AF speed, battery performance and overall reaction times. And yet, the X100 series cameras are the best cameras ever made.
For starters I would like to apologize for my long absences. You see I only attend to this blog when I manage to get some free time.
Linux, Windows & Mac
As most of you may know, I have been trying to leave the Microsoft Windows environment for quite a while and have successfully done so for most of 2016 by using Linux (elementary os) as my OS of choice. But as nice as the Linux world is with its low cost entry (nearly free), rich choice of apps and virus free environment, I just couldn't leave my Lightroom workflow.
No matter what your kit comprises off, the one lens that every Fuji shooter should also have in his arsenal is the Fujinon XF 27mm f.2.8 pancake lens. Its a bit pricey considering its simplified construction, small size and slow speed, so if you don't want to pay a little over 400€ for it you can find one on the second hand market for under 300€. Its a lens most Fuji photographers will most probably pass due to its lack of an aperture ring and slow speed but I urge you to try one and then I'm sure you will never leave home without it - read on to find out why.
Fujifilm has once again spoiled us with another firmware update that not only tries to improve on the overall shooting experience but finally gives us the chance to use that video button for another function. This article is not a review on the new firmware but a simple setup guide. It should prove a valuable resource for both new and seasoned Fuji X-T1 users as I take you through each setting explaining my personal selections. My settings may or may not suit your style of photography, either way I'm sure some of the following information will be helpful.
NOTE: This is an updated, revised and slightly cut down version of my original Fuji X-T1 Firmware setup article that can be found here.
If you haven't done so already, please read part 1 here before continuing, especially the Disclaimer section. If you haven't dabbled with Linux in the past and know nothing about the Linux Command line then maybe you should do some Googling before continuing with this article ;-)
Firstly I would like to apologies to all my Fuji-loving followers that have been waiting for a Fuji related blog post: Sorry, but this and the next post are about my attempts at migrating from MS Windows to Linux. Part 1 is just a quick reference about my selection of OS and software and in part 2 I have a more detailed guide of my installation process of said software plus more.
SIMPLIFYING MY PHOTOGRAPHY
I have used the KISS principle in my photography before but the last couple of years, I have really outdone myself! As most of you know I recently dumped all my Nikon gear for the mirrorless Fujifilm X-T1 and for those that haven’t read about it look here. I have also changed priorities when shooting, meaning before, with my Nikon DSLR I was shooting only for RAW - now I shoot for the JPEG and use the RAW (in DNG form) more as a backup – this has greatly simplified my workflow. I still use raw images but on a much lesser scale. So in continuing with my process of simplifying things, I have now retired all of my Windows commercial software and now only use Open source software which is free for me to use including the OS.
Here is part 1 in case you missed it
One question I get asked a lot and i'm sure most every other X-T1 blogger, is whether the XT1 can handle weddings and if so what settings do we use and how. The simple answer is YES! But then again, some photographers, for example Gerry Ghionis and others have shot weddings with just an iPhone. So the more in-depth answer to the above question is not about a Yes or No, its not about the hardware but about skills. The photographer needs to decide whether he can record the couples special day with the hardware at hand. Knowledge and experience are key to the photographers capabilities. So the question should never be asked whether a certain brand or type of hardware can do a wedding, but instead can the photographer cover the occasion successfully for the couple!
Its been 3 months since I last logged onto my blog and for the most part I have been off-line so my apologies to all my readers who tried to contact me through mail or other means. Usually during the months of June, July, August I’m out of the office, offline and hard to reach so if you are around next year keep this in mind!
Accessories made in China
Up until a few years ago anything with a “Made in China” label was considered a big waste of money and in a lot of cases that may still hold true even today. Fortunately, for a lot of photographers, there are a large number of well made accessories to be found with an easy search on e-Bay that in most cases cost a fraction of the original.
AF performance with the new firmware
I honestly didn’t believe I would see any improvement from the new firmware and I really didn’t have the time to do a quick test before / after for a possible blog post due to other commitments, but after a couple of positive calls from X-T1 owners here in Greece I made time and put in the effort to test the new firmware for myself.
Best of 2014 is a collection of my favorite images taken with the Fujifilm X-T1 during my first year of ownership. Hope you guys and gals like them as much as I enjoyed making them.
EDIT 22/02/2015: New content added or corrected
Yes, you read that right but before fast scrolling through to the end, please read this blog post from start to finish. I am not affiliated with Fujifilm in any way, and I'm no optical engineer either, just a photographer with time on his hands to experiment and ponder on some questions that have been bothering me ever since comparing my Fujifilm X-T1 with my D800. Please journey with me on my quest to figure out if the X mount and X series lenses can support a larger sensor.
Before the XF16-55mm was announced, there was a lot of talk about whether it would be equipped with stabilization or not. Personally I don't mind it not being there. But my blog entry for today is not about Fuji's new lens, but about "Image Stabilization".
EDIT 09/02/2015: New or changed content in purple (at end of article)
Everything you need to know
Unbelievable how for so many years DSLR manufacturers were pushing bigger and bigger products when all the time, what we really needed was smaller and smaller. Even the flashes took this trip, look at the size increase from the old Nikon SB-28 all the way to the current SB-900. Since switching to Fuji I have been spoiled with smaller sizes and less weight. Now, thanks to the award winning Nissin i40, Fuji users get a small and light fully functional pro grade flash! Now that's something to be joyful about!
As also noted in my previous blog post, myself and the rest of my family still haven't recovered from the H3N2 virus, though we are getting there. In the mean time I have the pleasure of sharing some intriguing and magical images by my good friend Konstantinos Vasilakis all shot with the X-T1.
I'M down with the flu
Sorry guys and girls, but for the 2nd time this month I'm down with the flu. The first time I got over it in a couple of days, but this time it seems that the flu has really got a good grip of me. The chills and fatigue are the worst i have ever experienced. I'm on the 3rd day and hopefully tomorrow I should be better.
NOTE: This article has been updated here
Film sims & tips
I'm mainly a RAW shooter and I'm sure most of you reading this are as well, and even though this blog post is targeted more at JPEG shooters, the rest of us will find this article just as interesting since JPEG is a big part of our shooting as well.
Fuji X, the image making tool!
Fuji X or any other cameras which pill do you prefer? For me the answer is easy! If you’re currently using a Fujifilm X series camera you already know what a remarkable image making tool lies under that sexy cover, but for those who are still living within the matrix of the camera world, they will need to try very hard to pick the X pill!
EDIT 07/01/2015: New, changed and corrected content
WiFi - Everything you need to know!
The free “Camera Remote” application from Fujifilm may not be the fastest or easiest software to use, but it sure can help you get some amazing images. Whether you are into street, wildlife or reportage photography, the power of shooting remotely will open up a whole new world of opportunities.
2014 wasn't really a fruitful year for my "street" photography but the few chances I got to venture out I managed to get some interesting images - so I think! If you happen to like any of my "2014 Project" images please take the time to let me know.
EDIT 16/01/2015: New or changed content
Did you know that 30,000 RAF files can fill up a 1 TB disk? Those same files can be converted to lossy DNG without any noticeable loss in quality and only take up 1/10 of their original size! With lossy DNG, not only are storage concerns solved, but opening and processing files becomes much faster. I feel everyone should take a serious look into the lossy DNG option!