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The Fujifilm X-T1, 2nd Edition

Book Description

In this book, popular Fuji Rumors "X-Pert Corner" columnist Rico Pfirstinger teaches about the little-known capabilities of the X-T1, 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. This second edition includes descriptions of new features and updates to firmware. With this knowledge, you will be able to fully exploit the capabilities of the X-T1.

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
  • Self-timer
  • Flash
  • Adapted lenses
  • And much more…

This book includes complete coverage of the camera’s new firmware 4 features that were introduced in July 2015.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Table of Contents
  5. 1. Your X-T1 System
    1. 1.1 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 either 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 upgrading 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 a little trick, you can reset the frame counter and even assign a new starting number.
      8. Tip 8: Always 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 Things You Should Know About Your Lenses
      1. Tip 11: X-mount compatible Samyang lenses are just like adapted lenses!
      2. Tip 12: Zeiss Touit lenses
      3. Tip 13: Decoding XF18–135mmF3.5–5.6 R LM OIS WR
      4. Tip 14: The optical image stabilizer (OIS) has its quirks!
      5. Tip 15: XF23mmF1.4 R, XF16mmF1.4 R WR and XF14mmF2.8 R are different beasts!
      6. Tip 16: Use the Lens Modulation Optimizer (LMO)!
      7. Tip 17: Things you should know about digital lens corrections
      8. Tip 18: Use the included lens hood!
      9. Tip 19: Lens protection filters—yes or no?
      10. Tip 20: 39mm filters can be tricky!
    3. 1.3 Useful Accessories.
      1. Tip 21: Optional handgrips
      2. Tip 22: Off-camera TTL flash with a Canon OC-E3 TTL extension cord
      3. Tip 23: Remote shutter release: two options for the X-T1
  6. 2. Using the Fujifilm X-T1
    1. 2.1 Ready, Set, Go!
      1. Tip 24: Recommended settings for your X-T1
      2. Tip 25: Avoiding the camera menus: practical shortcuts for your X-T1
      3. Tip 26: Always shoot FINE+RAW!
      4. Tip 27: Pick a suitable image format!
      5. Tip 28: The magical half-press
    2. 2.2 Monitor and Viewfinder
      1. Tip 29: Make use of the eye sensor!
      2. Tip 30: Instant review
      3. Tip 31: The DISP/BACK button can be tricky!
      4. Tip 32: WYSIWYG – What You See Is What You Get!
      5. Tip 33: White balance simulation in manual mode—on or off?
      6. Tip 34: Using the Natural Live View
    3. 2.3 Exposing Right
      1. Tip 35: Choosing the right metering method
      2. Tip 36: Linking spot metering to AF frames
      3. Tip 37: Using the live view and live histogram
      4. Tip 38: Auto exposure (AE) with modes P, A, and S
      5. Tip 39: Using manual exposure M
      6. Tip 40: Using aperture priority A
      7. Tip 41: Using shutter priority S
      8. Tip 42: Using program AE P and program shift
      9. Tip 43: Playing it safe with auto exposure bracketing
      10. Tip 44: Long exposures
      11. Tip 45: ISO settings—what’s the deal?
      12. Tip 46: What you should know about extended ISO
      13. Tip 47: Stay away from ISO 51200!
      14. Tip 48: Auto-ISO and minimum shutter speed
      15. Tip 49: Auto-ISO in manual mode M: the ”misomatic“
      16. Tip 50: ISO-Bracketing: It’s just a gimmick!
      17. Tip 51: Extending the dynamic range
      18. Tip 52: Extending the dynamic range for RAW shooters
      19. Tip 53: JPEG settings for RAW shooters
      20. Tip 54: Extending the dynamic range for JPEG shooters
      21. Tip 55: Creating HDR images with the X-T1
      22. Tip 56: Using the electronic shutter
    4. 2.4 Focusing with the X-T1
      1. Tip 57: CDAF and PDAF: what’s the difference?
      2. Tip 58: AF-S or AF-C?
      3. Tip 59: AF modes: Single Point AF vs. Zone AF vs. Wide/Tracking AF
      4. Tip 60: Selecting an AF frame or AF zone
      5. Tip 61: Choosing a suitable AF frame or AF zone size
      6. Tip 62: Manual focus and DOF zone focusing
      7. Tip 63: Manual focus assistants: focus peaking and digital split image
      8. Tip 64: Focus check: use the magnifier tool!
      9. Tip 65: One-Touch-AF (Instant AF)
      10. Tip 66: Using AF+MF
      11. Tip 67: Pre-AF: a relic of the past
      12. Tip 68: Using face detection and eye-detection
      13. Tip 69: Using AF-Lock
      14. Tip 70: Focusing in poor light
      15. Tip 71: Macro: focusing at close distances
      16. Tip 72: Focusing on moving subjects (1): the “autofocus trick”
      17. Tip 73: Focusing on moving subjects (2): the focus trap
      18. Tip 74: Focusing on moving subjects (3): Autofocus tracking using Single Point AF, Zone AF, or Wide/Tracking AF
      19. Tip 75: Focus priority vs. Release priority
    5. 2.5 White Balance and JPEG Parameters
      1. Tip 76: Custom white balance: a little effort can go a long way
      2. Tip 77: Infrared photography
      3. Tip 78: Changing color tints with WB SHIFT
      4. Tip 79: Film simulations: it’s all about the look
      5. Tip 80: Contrast settings: working with highlights and shadows
      6. Tip 81: Skin tones: smooth or with texture?
      7. Tip 82: Color saturation
      8. Tip 83: Choosing a color space: sRGB or Adobe RGB?
      9. Tip 84: Using custom settings (usage profiles)
      10. Tip 85: Working with the built-in RAW converter
      11. Tip 86: Comparing RAW converters
      12. Fujifilm film simulations
      13. Extended dynamic range (DR200%, DR400%)
      14. Digital lens corrections
      15. Tip 87: Displaying EXIF metadata
    6. 2.6 Burst Mode, Motion Panorama, Movies, and The Self-Timer
      1. Tip 88: Using burst mode
      2. Tip 89: Shooting motion panoramas
      3. Tip 90: Shooting video with the X-T1
      4. Tip 91: Using the self-timer
    7. 2.7 Flash Photography
      1. Tip 92: Flash photography in modes P and A: slow shutter speed limits
      2. Tip 93: Controlling the surrounding light component of flash photography
      3. Tip 94: Controlling the flash light component
      4. Tip 95: 2nd curtain flash synchronization: what’s the deal?
      5. Tip 96: Flash synchronization: where’s the limit?
      6. Tip 97: Red-eye removal: a two-step affair
      7. Tip 98: Little slave: the EF-X20
      8. Tip 99: Silent Mode aka SOUND & FLASH OFF
      9. Tip 100: Using third-party flash units
    8. 2.8 Using Adapted Lenses
      1. Tip 101: Finding the right lens adapter
      2. Tip 102: Adapting third-party lenses: here’s how . . .
      3. Tip 103: Exposing with adapted lenses
      4. Tip 104: Focusing with adapted lenses
      5. Tip 105: Using the Fujifilm M-mount adapter
      6. Tip 106: Quality considerations
      7. Tip 107: Speed Booster: miracle or trick?
    9. 2.9 Wireless Remote Control, Tethering, and Camera Lock
      1. Tip 108: Using the Camera Remote App
      2. Tip 109: Tethering with Adobe Lightroom and Fujifilm HS-V5
      3. Tip 110: Lock Yourself Out!
    10. 2.10 Anything Else?
      1. Tip 111: Forums, blogs, and workshops: be a part of it!