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The Fujifilm X-Pro2

Book Description

In this book, popular Fuji Rumors "X-Pert Corner" columnist Rico Pfirstinger teaches about the little-known capabilities of the Fujifilm X-Pro2, 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 take full advantage of the capabilities of the X-Pro2.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 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-PRO2 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. You have a choice between the printed version and the PDF version on the CD that comes with the 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: Working with Dual Card Slots
      8. Tip 8: Your camera is automatically numbering your images. With a little trick, you can reset the frame counter and even assign a new starting number
      9. Tip 9: Use High Performance Mode!
      10. Tip 10: Keep the camera sensor clean!
      11. Tip 11: Do-it-yourself sensor cleaning for tough sensor spots
      12. 1.2 The Basics (2): Things You Should Know About Your Lenses
      13. Tip 12: X-mount compatible Samyang lenses are just like adapted lenses!
      14. Tip 13: Zeiss Touit lenses
      15. Tip 14: Decoding XF18–135mmF3.5–5.6 R LM OIS WR
      16. Tip 15: The optical image stabilizer (OIS) has its quirks!
      17. Tip 16: The XF23mmF1.4 R, XF16mmF1.4 R WR, and XF14mmF2.8 R are different beasts!
      18. Tip 17: Use the Lens Modulation Optimizer (LMO)!
      19. Tip 18: Things you should know about digital lens corrections
      20. Tip 19: Use the included lens hood!
      21. Tip 20: Lens protection filters—yes or no?
      22. Tip 21: 39mm filters can be tricky!
      23. 1.3 The Basics (3): Useful Accessories
      24. Tip 22: Optional handgrip
      25. Tip 23: Off-camera TTL flash with a Canon OC-E3 TTL extension cord
      26. Tip 24: Issues regarding Canon TTL flash devices
      27. Tip 25: Remote shutter release: three options for the X-Pro2
  2. 2. Using the Fujifilm X-Pro2
    1. 2.1 Ready, Set, Go!
      1. Tip 26: Recommended settings for your X-Pro2
      2. Tip 27: Avoiding the camera menus: practical shortcuts for your X-Pro2
      3. Tip 28: Suggested Fn button assignment
      4. Tip 29: Always shoot FINE+RAW!
      5. Tip 30: Compressed or uncompressed RAW files?
      6. Tip 31: Pick a suitable image format!
      7. Tip 32: The magical half-press
    2. 2.2 Monitor and Viewfinder
      1. Tip 33: Make use of the eye sensor!
      2. Tip 34: Instant review
      3. Tip 35: The DISP/BACK button can be tricky!
      4. Tip 36: WYSIWYG – What You See Is What You Get!
      5. Tip 37: Using the Natural Live View
      6. Tip 38: Using the OVF
      7. Tip 39: Using the ERF
    3. 2.3 Exposing Right
      1. Tip 40: Choosing the right metering method
      2. Tip 41: Linking spot metering to AF frames
      3. Tip 42: Using the live view and live histogram
      4. Tip 43: Auto exposure (AE) with modes P, A, and S
      5. Tip 44: Using manual exposure M
      6. Tip 45: Using aperture priority A
      7. Tip 46: Using shutter priority S
      8. Tip 47: Using program AE P and program shift
      9. Tip 48: Playing it safe with auto exposure bracketing
      10. Tip 49: Long exposures
      11. Tip 50: Long exposures in bright daylight
      12. Tip 51: ISO settings—what’s the deal?
      13. Tip 52: What you should know about extended ISO
      14. Tip 53: Auto-ISO and minimum shutter speed
      15. Tip 54: Auto-ISO in manual mode M: the “misomatic”
      16. Tip 55: ISO-Bracketing: it’s just a gimmick!
      17. Tip 56: Extending the dynamic range
      18. Tip 57: Extending the dynamic range for RAW shooters
      19. Tip 58: JPEG settings for RAW shooters
      20. Tip 59: Extending the dynamic range for JPEG shooters
      21. Tip 60: Using the DR function for high-key and portrait photography
      22. Tip 61: Creating HDR images with the X-Pro2
      23. Tip 62: HDR: the handheld way
      24. Tip 63: Using the electronic shutter
    4. 2.4 Focusing With the X-PRO2
      1. Tip 64: CDAF and PDAF: what’s the difference?
      2. Tip 65: AF-S or AF-C?
      3. Tip 66: AF modes: Single Point AF vs. Zone AF vs. Wide/Tracking AF
      4. Tip 67: Selecting an AF frame or AF zone
      5. Tip 68: Choosing a suitable AF frame or AF zone size
      6. Tip 69: Manual focus and DOF zone focusing
      7. Tip 70: Manual focus assistants: focus peaking and digital split image
      8. Tip 71: Focus check: use the magnifier tool!
      9. Tip 72: One-Touch-AF (Instant AF)
      10. Tip 73: Using AF+MF
      11. Tip 74: Pre-AF: a relic of the past
      12. Tip 75: Using face detection and eye-detection
      13. Tip 76: Using AF-Lock
      14. Tip 77: Focusing in poor light
      15. Tip 78: Macro: focusing at close distances
      16. Tip 79: Focusing on moving subjects (1): the “autofocus trick”
      17. Tip 80: Focusing on moving subjects (2): the focus trap
      18. Tip 81: Focusing on moving subjects (3): Autofocus tracking using Single Point AF, Zone AF, or Wide/Tracking AF
      19. Tip 82: Focus priority vs. Release priority
    5. 2.5 White Balance and JPEG Parameters
      1. Tip 83: Custom white balance: a little effort can go a long way
      2. Tip 84: Infrared photography
      3. Tip 85: Changing color tints with WB SHIFT
      4. Tip 86: Film simulations: it’s all about the look
      5. Tip 87: Using the Grain Effect
      6. Tip 88: Contrast settings: working with highlights and shadows
      7. Tip 89: Skin tones: smooth or with texture?
      8. Tip 90: Color saturation
      9. Tip 91: Choosing a color space: sRGB or Adobe RGB?
      10. Tip 92: Using custom settings (usage profiles)
      11. Tip 93: Working with the built-in RAW converter
      12. Tip 94: Comparing RAW converters
        1. Fujifilm film simulations
        2. Extended dynamic range (DR200%, DR400%)
        3. Digital lens corrections
      13. Tip 95: Displaying EXIF metadata
    6. 2.6 Burst Mode, Movies, and the Self Timer
      1. Tip 96: Using burst mode
      2. Tip 97: Shooting video with the X-Pro2
      3. Tip 98: Using the self-timer
    7. 2.7 Flash Photography
      1. Tip 99: Flash photography in modes P and A: slow shutter speed limits
      2. Tip 100: Controlling the surrounding-light component of flash photography
      3. Tip 101: Controlling the flash-light component
      4. Tip 102: 2nd curtain flash synchronization: what’s the deal?
      5. Tip 103: Flash synchronization: where’s the limit?
      6. Tip 104: Red-eye removal: a two-step affair
      7. Tip 105: Little slave: the EF-X20
      8. Tip 106: Using third-party flash units
    8. 2.8 Using Adapted Lenses
      1. Tip 107: Finding the right lens adapter
      2. Tip 108: Adapting third-party lenses: here’s how . . .
      3. Tip 109: Exposing with adapted lenses
      4. Tip 110: Focusing with adapted lenses
      5. Tip 111: Using the Fujifilm M-mount adapter
      6. Tip 112: Quality considerations
      7. Tip 113: Speed Booster: miracle or trick?
    9. 2.9 Wireless Remote Control
      1. Tip 114: Using the Camera Remote App
    10. 2.10 Anything Else?
      1. Tip 115: Forums, blogs, and workshops: be a part of it!
  3. Online References