The Fujifilm X Pro2 115 X Pert Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Camera

by Rico Pfirstinger

The Fujifilm X Pro2 115 X Pert Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Camera In this book popular Fuji Rumors X Pert Corner columnist Rico Pfirstinger teaches about the little known capabilities of the Fujifilm X Pro2 which hes discovered through months of in depth research and experimentation with the camera After a brief overview of the cameras 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

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Author : Rico Pfirstinger

ISBN : 9781681981505

Year : 2016

Language: en

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Category : Arts Photography

Rico Pfirstinger studied communications and has been
working as a journalist, publicist, and photographer since
the mid-’80s. He has written numerous books on a diverse
range of topics, from computing technology to digital desktop publishing to sled dog racing. He worked as the department head of special assignments for Hubert Burda Media
in Munich, Germany, where he also served as chief editor
for a winter sports website.
After eight years as a freelance film critic in Los Angeles,
Rico now lives in Germany and devotes his time to digital
photography and compact camera systems.
Rico writes the popular X-Pert Corner blog and leads
workshops called Fuji X Secrets where he offers tips and
tricks on using the Fujifilm X-series cameras.

Rico Pfirstinger

The Fujifilm X-Pro 2
115 X-Pert Tips to Get the Most
Out of Your Camera

Rico Pfirstinger
[email protected]
Project editor: Maggie Yates
Project manager: Lisa Brazieal
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Copyeditor: Maggie Yates
Translation by: Rico Pfirstinger
Layout and type: Petra Strauch
Cover design: Rebecca Cowlin
Indexer: Maggie Yates
ISBN: 978-1-68198-150-5
1st Edition (1st printing, August 2016)
© 2016 Rico Pfirstinger
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Table of Contents
1.

YOUR X-PRO2 SYSTEM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

1.1 THE BASICS (1):
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOUR CAMERA. 3
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.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

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.. . . . 10

TIP 9:

Use High Performance Mode!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

TIP 10: Keep the camera sensor clean!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
TIP 11: Do-it-yourself sensor cleaning for tough sensor
spots. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

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1.2 THE BASICS (2):
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOUR LENSES. . 15
TIP 12: X-mount compatible Samyang lenses are just like
adapted lenses! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
TIP 13: Zeiss Touit lenses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
TIP 14: Decoding XF18–135mmF3.5–5.6 R LM OIS WR. . . . 18
TIP 15: The optical image stabilizer (OIS) has its quirks!. . . . 19
TIP 16: The XF23mmF1.4 R, XF16mmF1.4 R WR, and
XF14mmF2.8 R are different beasts!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
TIP 17: Use the Lens Modulation Optimizer (LMO)! . . . . . . . 24
TIP 18: Things you should know about digital lens
corrections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
TIP 19: Use the included lens hood!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
TIP 20: Lens protection filters—yes or no?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
TIP 21: 39mm filters can be tricky!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

1.3 THE BASICS (3): USEFUL ACCESSORIES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
TIP 22: Optional handgrip. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
TIP 23: Off-camera TTL flash with a Canon OC-E3 TTL
extension cord . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
TIP 24: Issues regarding Canon TTL flash devices. . . . . . . . . 31
TIP 25: Remote shutter release: three options for the
X-Pro2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

2. USING THE FUJIFILM X-PRO2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
2.1 READY, SET, GO! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
TIP 26: Recommended settings for your X-Pro2. . . . . . . . . . . 36
TIP 27: Avoiding the camera menus: practical shortcuts
for your X-Pro2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

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TIP 28: Suggested Fn button assignment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
TIP 29: Always shoot FINE+RAW! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
TIP 30: Compressed or uncompressed RAW files?. . . . . . . . 50
TIP 31: Pick a suitable image format!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
TIP 32: The magical half-press . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

2.2 MONITOR AND VIEWFINDER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
TIP 33: Make use of the eye sensor!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
TIP 34: Instant review. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
TIP 35: The DISP/BACK button can be tricky!. . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
TIP 36: WYSIWYG – What You See Is What You Get!. . . . . . . 54
TIP 37: Using the Natural Live View. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
TIP 38: Using the OVF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
TIP 39: Using the ERF. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

2.3 EXPOSING RIGHT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
TIP 40: Choosing the right metering method. . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
TIP 41: Linking spot metering to AF frames. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
TIP 42: Using the live view and live histogram. . . . . . . . . . . . 65
TIP 43: Auto exposure (AE) with modes  P ,  A , and  S . . . . . . 67
TIP 44: Using manual exposure  M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
TIP 45: Using aperture priority  A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
TIP 46: Using shutter priority  S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
TIP 47: Using program AE  P  and program shift . . . . . . . . . . 72
TIP 48: Playing it safe with auto exposure bracketing. . . . . . 72
TIP 49: Long exposures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
TIP 50: Long exposures in bright daylight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
TIP 51: ISO settings—what’s the deal? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
TIP 52: What you should know about extended ISO. . . . . . . 78

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TIP 53: Auto-ISO and minimum shutter speed. . . . . . . . . . . . 79
TIP 54: Auto-ISO in manual mode  M : the ”misomatic“ . . . . 80
TIP 55: ISO-Bracketing: it’s just a gimmick!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
TIP 56: Extending the dynamic range. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
TIP 57: Extending the dynamic range for RAW shooters. . . 84
TIP 58: JPEG settings for RAW shooters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
TIP 59: Extending the dynamic range for JPEG shooters . . 88
TIP 60: Using the DR function for high-key and portrait
photography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
TIP 61: Creating HDR images with the X-Pro2. . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
TIP 62: HDR: the handheld way . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
TIP 63: Using the electronic shutter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100

2.4 FOCUSING WITH THE X-PRO2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
TIP 64: CDAF and PDAF: what’s the difference?. . . . . . . . . . . 103
TIP 65: AF-S or AF-C?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
TIP 66: AF modes: Single Point AF vs. Zone AF vs.
Wide/Tracking AF. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
TIP 67: Selecting an AF frame or AF zone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
TIP 68: Choosing a suitable AF frame or AF zone size . . . . . 108
TIP 69: Manual focus and DOF zone focusing. . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
TIP 70: Manual focus assistants: focus peaking and digital
split image. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
TIP 71: Focus check: use the magnifier tool!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
TIP 72: One-Touch-AF (Instant AF). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
TIP 73: Using AF+MF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
TIP 74: Pre-AF: a relic of the past. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
TIP 75: Using face detection and eye-detection . . . . . . . . . . 118
TIP 76: Using AF-Lock. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
TIP 77: Focusing in poor light. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121

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TIP 78: Macro: focusing at close distances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
TIP 79: Focusing on moving subjects (1):
the “autofocus trick”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
TIP 80: Focusing on moving subjects (2): the focus trap. . . . 127
TIP 81: Focusing on moving subjects (3):
Autofocus tracking using Single Point AF, Zone AF,
or Wide/Tracking AF. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
TIP 82: Focus priority vs. Release priority. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133

2.5 WHITE BALANCE AND JPEG PARAMETERS. . . . . . . . . . 134
TIP 83: Custom white balance: a little effort can go a long
way. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
TIP 84: Infrared photography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
TIP 85: Changing color tints with WB SHIFT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
TIP 86: Film simulations: it’s all about the look. . . . . . . . . . . . 142
TIP 87: Using the Grain Effect. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
TIP 88: Contrast settings: working with highlights and
shadows. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
TIP 89: Skin tones: smooth or with texture?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150
TIP 90: Color saturation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
TIP 91: Choosing a color space: sRGB or Adobe RGB?. . . . . 151
TIP 92: Using custom settings (usage profiles). . . . . . . . . . . . 152
TIP 93: Working with the built-in RAW converter. . . . . . . . . 154
TIP 94: Comparing RAW converters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156
Fujifilm film simulations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
Extended dynamic range (DR200%, DR400%). . . . . . 159
Digital lens corrections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
TIP 95: Displaying EXIF metadata . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163

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2.6 BURST MODE, MOVIES, AND THE SELF TIMER . . . . . . . 164
TIP 96: Using burst mode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164
TIP 97: Shooting video with the X-Pro2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
TIP 98: Using the self-timer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167

2.7 FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
TIP 99: Flash photography in modes  P  and  A :
slow shutter speed limits. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
TIP 100: Controlling the surrounding-light component of
flash photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
TIP 101: Controlling the flash-light component. . . . . . . . . . . . 175
TIP 102: 2nd curtain flash synchronization: what’s the deal?. 176
TIP 103: Flash synchronization: where’s the limit? . . . . . . . . . . 178
TIP 104: Red-eye removal: a two-step affair. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
TIP 105: Little slave: the EF-X20. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
TIP 106: Using third-party flash units. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182

2.8 USING ADAPTED LENSES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
TIP 107: Finding the right lens adapter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
TIP 108: Adapting third-party lenses: here’s how … . . . . . . . 185
TIP 109: Exposing with adapted lenses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
TIP 110: Focusing with adapted lenses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
TIP 111: Using the Fujifilm M-mount adapter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
TIP 112: Quality considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190
TIP 113: Speed Booster: miracle or trick? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191

2.9 WIRELESS REMOTE CONTROL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
TIP 114: Using the Camera Remote App. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193

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2.10 ANYTHING ELSE? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
TIP 115: Forums, blogs, and workshops: be a part of it!. . . . . 198

ONLINE REFERENCES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
INDEX. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203

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1. YOUR X-PRO2 SYSTEM
To start off, here’s a brief overview of the buttons and controls on your Fujifilm X-Pro2:
1

2

3

4

5
6

7

8

Fig. 1: X-Pro2 frontal view: front command dial with integrated
button (1), viewfinder selector with integrated Fn button (2), AF assist lamp/self-timer indicator lamp (3), hybrid viewfinder (4), X-Trans
sensor (5), electronic lens contacts (6), lens release button (7), focus
selector (8)

7

8

1

3

2

6

5

4

Fig. 2: X-Pro2 top view (with XF35mmF2 R WR): on/off switch (1),
shutter release button (2), Fn button (3), exposure compensation
dial (4), shutter speed dial with integrated ISO dial (5), hot shoe (6),
aperture ring (7), focus ring (8)

1

2

Your X-Pro2 System

2

3

4

5

6

7

1
9
8
10
11
14
12

20

19
18

13 15 1716

Fig. 3: X-Pro2 rear view: diopter adjustment dial (1), hybrid viewfinder (2), eye sensor (3), VIEW MODE button (4), metering mode
button/Fn button (5), AE-L button (6), rear command dial with
integrated button (7), focus stick with integrated button (8), AF-L
button (9), Q button for Quick menu (10), playback button (11), delete (“trash”) button (12), DISP/BACK button (13), upper selector/
DRIVE button (14), left selector/Fn button (15), right selector/Fn
button (16), lower selector/Fn button (17), MENU/OK button (18),
status indicator lamp (19), LCD monitor (20)

NOTE

Throughout this book, you’ll see a series of numbers within
brackets incorporated into the text. These numbers correlate
to reference websites, a list of which can be found in this
book on page 200. For an updated version of this reference
list, please visit http://www.rockynook.com/fujifilm-x-pro-2online-references/.

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The Basics (1): Things You Should Know About Your Camera

1.1 THE BASICS (1):
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
ABOUT YOUR CAMERA
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.

TIP 1

In case you have misplaced your printed user manual and
camera CD, or you want to update to a newer edition of a
manual, you can click this link [01]  to obtain downloadable
PDF versions in all supported languages. You will also find
supplementary material that covers new features and
changes based on firmware updates.
Please do yourself a big favor and thoroughly study this
manual in order to get acquainted with the different functions of your X-Pro2, and don’t forget that your lenses come
with a user manual, as well. This book doesn’t replace the
X-Pro2 camera manual; it serves as an enhancement to the
existing manual, and offers valuable tips and background
information about how to use the various features and functions of the X-Pro2 and make the most of your equipment.
Get a few spare batteries. You can buy suitable batteries
from Fujifilm or from a third party.

The X-Pro2 is quite a compact camera, which means that
the rechargeable battery is also rather small. Depending on
how you use your camera, a fully charged battery will last
for 250 to 400 shots.
I recommend always setting the camera to High Performance Mode (SET UP > POWER MANAGEMENT > POWER
MANAGEMENT > HIGH PERFORMANCE) in order to secure
maximum autofocus and overall performance.

TIP 2

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