Making The Switch to Fujifilm Cameras

If you’re coming from a PASM camera system then you might be a bit confused by Fujifilm’s more traditional layout that focuses on the exposure triangle aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Below is a summary of Fujifilm’s tutorial video meant to help you transition:

  • Shutter speed is ontop of the camera, with aperture on the lens ring and ISO on a top dial with most model cameras
  • Apeture priority mode: set a fixed aperture and your shutter speed is set to A
  • Shutter priority mode: set the lens to A and pick a fixed shutter speed
  • Program mode: set the lens and shutter to A
  • Full Auto mode: set the lens, shutter, and ISO to A
  • Manual mode: pick fixed settings for the lens, shutter, and ISO
  • You can see these modes in the EVF in the lower left hand corner of the window
  • If you want to use the command dials for adjusting the settings like other systems do you can set your shutter speed to T and your aperture to A, but you also have to go into the wrench menu – button/dial setting – Apeture ring setting (A) – command
  • Fujifilm supports back button focusing and on cameras like the X-T4 there is an AF on button
  • If you don’t have an AF on button or want to change the button then you can hold the display back button and program your button preferences by assigning the AF on feature
  • You can decouple AF from the shutter button with the wrench menu – button/dial setting – shutter AF – AF-S/C Off
  • Front of the camera you can switch between the manual, AF-S, AF-C focus settings
  • The focus point can be moved with the AF joystick on the back or by touching the screen
  • If you click on the rear joysqick then you can use the command dial to change the size of the AF point and if you click the joystick again it will go back to the center
  • By default pressing up on the D-pad will let you select Zone AF, Wide tracking, or All
  • You can change the amount of focus points on the camera in the menu to allow for more or less focus points
  •  You can turn off the touch screen or set it to drag the AF point around or touch to focus and take a picture using the finger icon on the back LCD screen
  • Image quality settings for JPEGs are in the menus under IQ
  • The IQ menu lets you decided if you want to shoot RAW or JPEG and more
  • Fujifilm supports lossless RAW compression and uncompressed RAW, but there is also compressed RAW which is lossy
  • Fujifilm film simulations allow you to produce final JPEG products with your camera
  • Different cameras have different film simulations
  • There is also a grain affect that simulates film grain as well as color chrome effect to give your photos more pop
  • Tone curves can also be justed to maximise image quality
  • The shooting setting menu lets you configure your drive settings and how they associate with any buttons of switches your camera might have to selects continuous high speed or continuous low speed shooting
  • Bracketing settings are also in the shootings menu along with HDR and advanced filters
  • The bracketing settings are pretty indepth
  • The shooting settings menu also lets you pick the shutter type so you can pick electronic or mechanical shutter or shoot a combination of the two where the camera picks the best shutter option
  • The common shutter settings are Mechanical Shutter, Electronic Shutter, E-Front Curtain Shutter, Mechanical + Electronic Shutter, E-Front + Mechanical, and more
  • Mirrorless cameras are highly configerable
  • If you shoot in a studio then you need to turn off the exposure/wb preview in the EVF
  • Studio Shooting: Wrench menu – screen set-up – preview exposure/wb in manual mode – turn it off or set it to just preview WB
  • If you shoot in the studio a lot then you might want to assign turning off exposure preview to a button by holding down on the dpad and then selecting a button to assign preview exposure/wb in manual mode
  • The EVF and LCD can be setup to show different information through the menu – wrench icon – screen settings – display custom settings
  • If you hold the display button you can configure almost every button to do as you wish

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