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.
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 If outdated, please follow the instructions from the Fujifilm website to update it.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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
EDIT 25/02/2016: An updated version can be found here based on the firmware 4.30
So you have downloaded the new firmware, loaded it and have fiddled with it, but somehow feel lost or not sure how to best utilize some of the options available. You’re in luck, read on and I will take you through each setting and show you what I have chosen and for what reason. Maybe my settings will suit your style of photography maybe not, either way, I'm sure you will find at-least some of it helpful.
More like a free model upgrade!
Only a few days to go and we will be able to download the new update! Fujifilm have really outdone themselves once again with this free firmware update that really changes the capabilities of the X-T1 in a big way. Even non Fuji shooters are so impressed with this update that it has been cause for some extra attention towards Fuji.
NOTE 31/12/2014: This article has been updated here
My X-T1 combined with a smartphone or iPhone that has Fujifilm’s free app “Camera Remote” installed becomes lethal for some street photography scenarios as well as some wildlife situations. I can pretty much control most aspects of the camera except for exposures longer than 30sec. It took me a little while to figure out, but once you know the basics, it becomes real easy to use.
NOTE: Updated 13/05/2014
The Fuji X-T1 is still young at a few months old, so the AF performance is obviously not as sophisticated or refined as those of DSLR’s, but none the less its performance is so impressive today, that one wonders about what the future holds for both the DSLR’s and the X-T1! What follows are my findings on the focusing performance for the X-T1, hope you find them interesting and useful.
As most of us found out from the very first test with the X-T1, the JPEG’s out of camera were so good that a lot of photographers even considered terminating the use of RAW’s. Of course this really should not be an option, but until we got Lightroom support we did use those JPEG’s without remorse.
EDIT 22/12/2014: This article has been rewritten with much more updated information, tips and explanations including all the new Firmware 3.0 options and can be found here: XT1 Setup guide Ver.3.00
Fuji cameras are an excellent choice for people, street and studio photography. And that goes for the X-T1 as well. Currently there are no long lenses for the X series and Continuous AF with tracking can be found only on the new X-T1, but even with its 8fps shooting ability, the X-T1 is not a sports or wildlife camera (not yet anyway) since Fuji doesn't offer a capable long prime or sports zoom.