In this book, popular Fuji Rumors "X-Pert Corner" columnist Rico Pfirstinger teaches about the little-known capabilities of the X-T20, which he’s discovered through months of in-depth research and experimentation with the camera. After a brief overview of the camera’s basic functions, Rico cuts to the chase and provides a plethora of tips and practical instructions not found in the user's manual. With this knowledge, you will be able to fully exploit the capabilities of the X-T20.
The Fujifilm X-series cameras have amazing features but may require an adjustment period for those new to using these cameras, even photographers who have been lifetime DSLR shooters. This guide will help you to quickly feel comfortable using your camera so that you can achieve excellent results.
Topics covered include:
- • Menu shortcuts
- • Long exposures
- • Firmware upgrades
- • Hybrid autofocus system
- • Auto and manual focusing
- • Face detection
- • ISOless sensor
- • Dynamic Range expansion
- • Film simulations
- • Custom settings
- • RAW conversion
- • Panoramas
- • Movies
- • Self-timer
- • Flash
- • Adapted lenses
- • And much more…
Table of contents
1. Your X-T20 System
1.1 The Basics (1): Things You Should Know About Your Camera
- Tip 1: RTFM! Read The Fuji Manual! It is included with your camera
- Tip 2: Get a few spare batteries. You can buy suitable batteries from Fujifilm or from a third party
- Tip 3: Get a suitable battery charger and a travel adapter.
- Tip 4: Make sure that your camera and lenses are running with the latest firmware
- Tip 5: Things to remember when updating your firmware:
- Tip 6: Use fast memory cards with at least 80 MB/s write speed
- Tip 7: Your camera is automatically numbering your images. With this little trick, you can reset the frame counter and even assign a new starting number
- Tip 8: Use High Performance mode!
- Tip 9: Keep the camera sensor clean!
- Tip 10: Do-it-yourself sensor cleaning for tough sensor spots
1.2 The Basics (2): Things You Should Know About Your Lenses
- Tip 11: XC or XF? Zoom or prime?
- Tip 12: X-mount compatible Samyang lenses are just like adapted lenses!
- Tip 13: Zeiss Touit lenses
- Tip 14: Decoding XF18–135mmF3.5–5.6 R LM OIS WR
- Tip 15: The optical image stabilizer (OIS) has its quirks!
- Tip 16: OIS and motion detection: what’s going on?
- Tip 17: The XF23mmF1.4 R, XF16mmF1.4 R WR, and XF14mmF2.8 R are different beasts!
- Tip 18: Use the Lens Modulation Optimizer (LMO)!
- Tip 19: Things you should know about digital lens corrections
- Tip 20: Use the included lens hood!
- Tip 21: Lens protection filters—yes or no?
- Tip 22: 39mm filters can be tricky!
- 1.3 The Basics (3): Useful Accessories
- Tip 23: Optional handgrips
- Tip 24: Off-camera TTL flash with a Canon OC-E3 TTL extension cord
- Tip 25: Possible issues regarding Canon TTL flash devices
- Tip 26: Remote shutter release: three options for the X-T20
- 1.1 The Basics (1): Things You Should Know About Your Camera
2. Using the Fujifilm X-T20
2.1 Ready, Set, Go!
- Tip 27: AUTO mode: two cameras in one body
- Tip 28: Scene Position modes comparison—ready-to-use recipes for less experienced users
- Tip 29: Recommended settings for your X-T20
- Tip 30: Avoiding the camera menus: practical shortcuts for your X-T20
- Tip 31: Suggested Fn button assignment
- Tip 32: Recommended My Menu and Quick menu configuration
- Tip 33: Always shoot FINE+RAW!
- Tip 34: Compressed or uncompressed RAW files?
- Tip 35: Pick a suitable image format!
- Tip 36: The magical half-press
- 2.2 Monitor and Viewfinder
2.3 Exposing Right
- Tip 43: Choosing the right metering method
- Tip 44: Linking spot metering to AF frames
- Tip 45: Using the live view and live histogram
- Tip 46: Auto exposure (AE) with modes P, A, and S
- Tip 47: Using manual exposure M
- Tip 48: Using aperture priority A
- Tip 49: Using shutter priority S
- Tip 50: Using program AE P and program shift
- Tip 51: Playing it safe with auto exposure bracketing
- Tip 52: Long exposures
- Tip 53: Long exposures in bright daylight
- Tip 54: ISO settings—what’s the deal?
- Tip 55: What you should know about extended ISO
- Tip 56: Auto-ISO and minimum shutter speed
- Tip 57: Auto-ISO in manual mode M: the “misomatic.”
- Tip 58: ISO-Bracketing: it’s just a gimmick!
- Tip 59: Extending the dynamic range
- Tip 60: Extending the dynamic range for RAW shooters.
- Tip 61: JPEG settings for RAW shooters
- Tip 62: Extending the dynamic range for JPEG shooters.
- Tip 63: Using the DR function for high-key and portrait photography
- Tip 64: Creating HDR images with the X-T20
- Tip 65: HDR: the handheld way
- Tip 66: Using the electronic shutter
2.4 Focusing with the X-T20
- Tip 67: CDAF and PDAF: what’s the difference?
- Tip 68: AF-S or AF-C?
- Tip 69: AF modes: Single Point AF vs. Zone AF vs. Wide/Tracking AF
- Tip 70: Selecting an AF frame or AF zone
- Tip 71: Choosing a suitable AF frame or AF zone size
- Tip 72: Manual focus and DOF zone focusing
- Tip 73: Manual focus assistants: focus peaking and digital split image
- Tip 74: Focus check: use the magnifier tool!
- Tip 75: One-Touch-AF (Instant AF)
- Tip 76: Using AF+MF
- Tip 77: Pre-AF: a relic of the past
- Tip 78: Using face detection and eye detection
- Tip 79: Using AF-Lock
- Tip 80: Using AF-ON (back-button focusing)
- Tip 81: Focusing in poor light
- Tip 82: Macro: focusing at close distances
- Tip 83: Focusing on moving subjects (1): the “autofocus trick”
- Tip 84: Focusing on moving subjects (2): the focus trap
- Tip 85: Focusing on moving subjects (3): autofocus tracking using Single Point AF, Zone AF, or Wide/Tracking AF
- Tip 86: Using AF-C Custom settings
- Tip 87: Focus priority vs. release priority
2.5 White Balance and JPEG Parameters
- Tip 88: Custom white balance: a little effort can go a long way
- Tip 89: Infrared photography
- Tip 90: Changing color tints with WB SHIFT
- Tip 91: Film simulations: it’s all about the look
- Tip 92: Using the GRAIN EFFECT
- Tip 93: Contrast settings: working with highlights and shadows
- Tip 94: Skin tones: smooth or with texture?
- Tip 95: Color saturation
- Tip 96: Choosing a color space: sRGB or Adobe RGB?
- Tip 97: Using custom settings (usage profiles)
- Tip 98: Working with the built-in RAW converter
- Tip 99: Comparing RAW converters
- Tip 100: Displaying EXIF metadata
- 2.6 Burst Mode, Movies, Motion Panorama, and the Self-Timer
2.7 Flash Photography
- Tip 105: Flash photography in modes P and A: slow shutter speed limits
- Tip 106: Controlling the surrounding-light component of flash photography
- Tip 107: Controlling the flash-light component
- Tip 108: Rear curtain flash synchronization: what’s the deal?
- Tip 109: Flash synchronization: where’s the limit?
- Tip 110: Red-eye removal: a two-step affair
- Tip 111: Using TTL-Lock
- Tip 112: Little slave: the Fujifilm EF-X20
- Tip 113: Big master: the Fujifilm EF-X500
- Tip 114: Great alternative: the Metz M400
- Tip 115: Generic third-party flash units
- 2.8 Using Adapted Lenses
- 2.9 Wireless Remote Control
- 2.10 Anything Else?
- 2.1 Ready, Set, Go!
- Online References
- Title: The Fujifilm X-T20
- Release date: June 2017
- Publisher(s): Rocky Nook
- ISBN: 9781681982847
You might also like
Data Science from Scratch, 2nd Edition
To really learn data science, you should not only master the tools—data science libraries, frameworks, modules, …
Clean Code in Python
Getting the most out of Python to improve your codebase Key Features Save maintenance costs by …
Practical Time Series Analysis
Time series data analysis is increasingly important due to the massive production of such data through …