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The Fujifilm X-T20

Book Description

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. 1. Your X-T20 System
    1. 1.1 The Basics (1): Things You Should Know About Your Camera
      1. Tip 1: RTFM! Read The Fuji Manual! It is included with your camera
      2. Tip 2: Get a few spare batteries. You can buy suitable batteries from Fujifilm or from a third party
      3. Tip 3: Get a suitable battery charger and a travel adapter.
      4. Tip 4: Make sure that your camera and lenses are running with the latest firmware
      5. Tip 5: Things to remember when updating your firmware:
      6. Tip 6: Use fast memory cards with at least 80 MB/s write speed
      7. 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
      8. Tip 8: Use High Performance mode!
      9. Tip 9: Keep the camera sensor clean!
      10. Tip 10: Do-it-yourself sensor cleaning for tough sensor spots
    2. 1.2 The Basics (2): Things You Should Know About Your Lenses
      1. Tip 11: XC or XF? Zoom or prime?
      2. Tip 12: X-mount compatible Samyang lenses are just like adapted lenses!
      3. Tip 13: Zeiss Touit lenses
      4. Tip 14: Decoding XF18–135mmF3.5–5.6 R LM OIS WR
      5. Tip 15: The optical image stabilizer (OIS) has its quirks!
      6. Tip 16: OIS and motion detection: what’s going on?
      7. Tip 17: The XF23mmF1.4 R, XF16mmF1.4 R WR, and XF14mmF2.8 R are different beasts!
      8. Tip 18: Use the Lens Modulation Optimizer (LMO)!
      9. Tip 19: Things you should know about digital lens corrections
      10. Tip 20: Use the included lens hood!
      11. Tip 21: Lens protection filters—yes or no?
      12. Tip 22: 39mm filters can be tricky!
      13. 1.3 The Basics (3): Useful Accessories
      14. Tip 23: Optional handgrips
      15. Tip 24: Off-camera TTL flash with a Canon OC-E3 TTL extension cord
      16. Tip 25: Possible issues regarding Canon TTL flash devices
      17. Tip 26: Remote shutter release: three options for the X-T20
  2. 2. Using the Fujifilm X-T20
    1. 2.1 Ready, Set, Go!
      1. Tip 27: AUTO mode: two cameras in one body
      2. Tip 28: Scene Position modes comparison—ready-to-use recipes for less experienced users
      3. Tip 29: Recommended settings for your X-T20
      4. Tip 30: Avoiding the camera menus: practical shortcuts for your X-T20
      5. Tip 31: Suggested Fn button assignment
      6. Tip 32: Recommended My Menu and Quick menu configuration
      7. Tip 33: Always shoot FINE+RAW!
      8. Tip 34: Compressed or uncompressed RAW files?
      9. Tip 35: Pick a suitable image format!
      10. Tip 36: The magical half-press
    2. 2.2 Monitor and Viewfinder
      1. Tip 37: Make use of the eye sensor!
      2. Tip 38: Instant review
      3. Tip 39: The DISP/BACK button can be tricky!
      4. Tip 40: WYSIWYG—What You See Is What You Get!
      5. Tip 41: Using the Natural Live View
      6. Tip 42: Using the LCD touchscreen
    3. 2.3 Exposing Right
      1. Tip 43: Choosing the right metering method
      2. Tip 44: Linking spot metering to AF frames
      3. Tip 45: Using the live view and live histogram
      4. Tip 46: Auto exposure (AE) with modes P, A, and S
      5. Tip 47: Using manual exposure M
      6. Tip 48: Using aperture priority A
      7. Tip 49: Using shutter priority S
      8. Tip 50: Using program AE P and program shift
      9. Tip 51: Playing it safe with auto exposure bracketing
      10. Tip 52: Long exposures
      11. Tip 53: Long exposures in bright daylight
      12. Tip 54: ISO settings—what’s the deal?
      13. Tip 55: What you should know about extended ISO
      14. Tip 56: Auto-ISO and minimum shutter speed
      15. Tip 57: Auto-ISO in manual mode M: the “misomatic.”
      16. Tip 58: ISO-Bracketing: it’s just a gimmick!
      17. Tip 59: Extending the dynamic range
      18. Tip 60: Extending the dynamic range for RAW shooters.
      19. Tip 61: JPEG settings for RAW shooters
      20. Tip 62: Extending the dynamic range for JPEG shooters.
      21. Tip 63: Using the DR function for high-key and portrait photography
      22. Tip 64: Creating HDR images with the X-T20
      23. Tip 65: HDR: the handheld way
      24. Tip 66: Using the electronic shutter
    4. 2.4 Focusing with the X-T20
      1. Tip 67: CDAF and PDAF: what’s the difference?
      2. Tip 68: AF-S or AF-C?
      3. Tip 69: AF modes: Single Point AF vs. Zone AF vs. Wide/Tracking AF
      4. Tip 70: Selecting an AF frame or AF zone
      5. Tip 71: Choosing a suitable AF frame or AF zone size
      6. Tip 72: Manual focus and DOF zone focusing
      7. Tip 73: Manual focus assistants: focus peaking and digital split image
      8. Tip 74: Focus check: use the magnifier tool!
      9. Tip 75: One-Touch-AF (Instant AF)
      10. Tip 76: Using AF+MF
      11. Tip 77: Pre-AF: a relic of the past
      12. Tip 78: Using face detection and eye detection
      13. Tip 79: Using AF-Lock
      14. Tip 80: Using AF-ON (back-button focusing)
      15. Tip 81: Focusing in poor light
      16. Tip 82: Macro: focusing at close distances
      17. Tip 83: Focusing on moving subjects (1): the “autofocus trick”
      18. Tip 84: Focusing on moving subjects (2): the focus trap
      19. Tip 85: Focusing on moving subjects (3): autofocus tracking using Single Point AF, Zone AF, or Wide/Tracking AF
      20. Tip 86: Using AF-C Custom settings
      21. Tip 87: Focus priority vs. release priority
    5. 2.5 White Balance and JPEG Parameters
      1. Tip 88: Custom white balance: a little effort can go a long way
      2. Tip 89: Infrared photography
      3. Tip 90: Changing color tints with WB SHIFT
      4. Tip 91: Film simulations: it’s all about the look
      5. Tip 92: Using the GRAIN EFFECT
      6. Tip 93: Contrast settings: working with highlights and shadows
      7. Tip 94: Skin tones: smooth or with texture?
      8. Tip 95: Color saturation
      9. Tip 96: Choosing a color space: sRGB or Adobe RGB?
      10. Tip 97: Using custom settings (usage profiles)
      11. Tip 98: Working with the built-in RAW converter
      12. Tip 99: Comparing RAW converters
        1. Fujifilm film simulations
        2. Extended dynamic range (DR200%, DR400%)
        3. Digital lens corrections
      13. Tip 100: Displaying EXIF metadata
    6. 2.6 Burst Mode, Movies, Motion Panorama, and the Self-Timer
      1. Tip 101: Using burst mode
      2. Tip 102: Shooting motion panoramas
      3. Tip 103: Shooting video with the X-T20
      4. Tip 104: Using the self-timer
    7. 2.7 Flash Photography
      1. Tip 105: Flash photography in modes P and A: slow shutter speed limits
      2. Tip 106: Controlling the surrounding-light component of flash photography
      3. Tip 107: Controlling the flash-light component
      4. Tip 108: Rear curtain flash synchronization: what’s the deal?
      5. Tip 109: Flash synchronization: where’s the limit?
      6. Tip 110: Red-eye removal: a two-step affair
      7. Tip 111: Using TTL-Lock
      8. Tip 112: Little slave: the Fujifilm EF-X20
      9. Tip 113: Big master: the Fujifilm EF-X500
      10. Tip 114: Great alternative: the Metz M400
      11. Tip 115: Generic third-party flash units
    8. 2.8 Using Adapted Lenses
      1. Tip 116: Finding the right lens adapter
      2. Tip 117: Adapting third-party lenses: here’s how . . .
      3. Tip 118: Exposing with adapted lenses
      4. Tip 119: Focusing with adapted lenses
      5. Tip 120: Using the Fujifilm M-mount adapter
      6. Tip 121: Quality considerations
      7. Tip 122: Speed Booster: miracle or trick?
    9. 2.9 Wireless Remote Control
      1. Tip 123: Using the Camera Remote App
      2. Tip 124: Streaming the live view via HDMI
    10. 2.10 Anything Else?
      1. Tip 125: Forums, blogs, and workshops: be a part of it!
  3. Online References