Bottom of Fuji X-T2


Fuji® X-T2 Fast Start


Lesson Info

Bottom of Fuji X-T2

Looking at the bottom of the camera, will have your serial number you can of course note that for insurance purposes. We have a little speaker system down there, so when you're playing back movies that is where the sound is coming from. And then we course have our battery door and so there is thankfully a very easy way to figure out whether you have loaded the battery incorrectly with that little orange marking, and the orange dots boxes or the batteries themselves. Now, the camera is coming with a new battery the NP-W126S and that battery is slightly different in the heat management from the previous battery. They are the same size, they're the same capacity, they can go back and forth between all the cameras and so if you have an older battery you can use it in this one, but they've just figured out how to get a little bit better heat management out of it with the years, and that's what the new cameras are coming supplied with. The camera comes with a 2.5 hour charger it's a little t...

ravel charger, and there's a little light that tells you whether it's charging, and then it blinks if there's a problem on it. And there's this neat little thing it's called a Duck Head adapter, and it's not supplied with the camera. And so, when you get the camera, you get this, let's get the close-up camera here on the side so that people can see. So, normally it comes with this little adapter here and then it comes with this long cumbersome cord that it comes with. And when you wanna plug it, you gotta carry that cord everywhere. And so, anyone who has an Apple product has probably seen this. And this is called a Duck Head, and see if you can see, can you recognize the Duck Head there? Don't call it a duck face, duck face is something completely different than a Duck Head, so this is a Duck Head, and so what happens is this plugs in here, and now this becomes a wall charger that you can just plug into the wall, and it just means less stuff to carry around. Now, you gotta go out and buy this on your own, and I wish Fuji just supplied it because these things are supercheap. They are small, you'll lose 'em and so I just went on or any place that sells little electronics, and I bought three of these for under $10. And I saw some at another online camera store that was selling kind of a different L plug-in that was about 10 bucks. And in any case, for anyone who travels and doesn't wanna carry the cord around with them, that's a nice little simple system there because then you can charge your batteries with very little size, and then it folds away and it packs up pretty nicely in small, just like that. And so, there you go. Nice little tip there for you. If you wanna see exactly how much battery power you have left, hit the display button until you get to the screen that shows you lots of information and in the upper right-hand corner, it will tell you to the 1%, how charged your battery is. And so, you can see exactly how much battery life you have left. All right, there's a little tiny rubber door that kinda pops out which allows you to stick in the CP-W126 AC adapter, and so this is if you wanted to have your camera powered constantly. Perhaps for very long time lapse, you're in the studio or you're working with it on some sort of scientific project where it needs to have power continuously, you cannot have the battery die on you. You can buy this, it is sold separately and so that's something that you would have to look for separately. Tripod socket is now exactly below the film plane or it's below where the lens is, unlike on the XT1. And the main thing that's gonna be plugged in here obviously your tripods and stuff, but we do have a MHG-XT2 handgrip, which is what I actually have on my camera and if you wanna get a close up of my camera here, I like it on here because it has the arca swiss plate on the bottom, get down just a little bit there. And so, let me turn the camera sideways so you can see. And so, I can just slide it on here and it's locked on my tripod. Very quickly and easily, and yet it's not rough or hard in the hands there. And it also gives me a little bit more purchase grip on the front of the camera, and let's see if I can get this. And so, you can see how deep that is in there and so when I have the camera I can get a nice good grip on it. And so, one of the things is when I handhold the camera is that it practically balances in my hand right here like this, it doesn't slip out of my hand. And so it provides me with a really nice grip and I like a good tactile feel on a camera. And even though it bulks it up, it's not that much of the bulk up I really like the feel of it, and I think it looks pretty good too on it as well, but it's mostly for real reasons that I need it not just how it looks. And so, that's a nice little option, sells for about $110. All right, next up we have this little rubber cover and this is the grip connector. And so this is where the vertical power booster grip which has a number of very neat features about it. Now, the main reason that you would use it is if you shoot a lot of vertical stuff, it just provides a more comfortable place to have your arms in a comfortable position for shooting vertical. Generally what I found is, if you should a lot of people whether it's portraits or sports photography, it's a really nice vertical grip to get those controls in the right place, but there's a lot of cool things that it does so let's take a closer look at this vertical power booster grip. All right, so you've got a vertical shutter release for easy shooting. It has an on-off switch because sometimes when you grab the camera that can get bumped and you wanna turn it off. There's a couple of buttons up on the top of it, a cue button and a function button which is just like the cue button on the back of the camera and the function button on the top of the camera as well. We have control dials, on the front of the camera as well as on the back of the camera. By adding this on, it is going to increase your autofocus performance. It extends the 4K video time to 30 minutes. And it is dust and moisture resistant as is the camera, so it completes all those weather ceilings and you don't lose any weather sealing by adding this on to the camera in anyway. So, on the back of the camera you'll have an additional focus sticks so that you can change focus points from the vertical position you'll have a rear command dial. You have new AF and AE-L buttons. And then you'll have an indicator in there which indicates what's kind of going on, with the booster itself? And then we get to the most interesting part. The camera or the booster grip has a normal and boost dial on this, and this is related to but slightly different than the boost that we just talked about which we saw on the back of the camera which is the in cameras normal boosting. And so, when we put this in the boost mode we can go from eight frames a second to eleven frames per second, and that is with the standard mechanical shutter that's not the electronic shutter. You can still go up to 14 frames with the electronic shutter, but if you're shooting sports, then you want the 11 frames per second, this is how you get it with the mechanical shutter. There is a number of other areas where it is going to increase the performance, it's gonna decrease the shutter lag, the time that you press the shutter and the time that the picture is actually taken is gonna be a little bit faster, in that regard. Not much additional, what is that? About 10% faster? The interval between the shots, the blackout time as you're shooting burst of shots is gonna be faster. So, anyone who shoots sports is probably gonna want this vertical grip. And it will actually hold two batteries on its own, including the battery that's already in the camera, and so to get all of this to function work you need to have all three batteries and they're all powered up. And that boost mode is gonna reduce battery life by about 20%, but if you really wanna get the biggest performance out of it, you can use that. Over on the side, we're gonna have a little unlock to take this battery tray in and out, holds two batteries on there, with all three batteries in there, without the boost mode, you're gonna get more than 1000 shots. In the boost mode, you're gonna be probably be getting around maybe 700 shots, or so. We have a couple of new ports, we have a headphone port, so anyone whose shooting video, not only do you get longer 4k, you now get a headphone jack, so that you can monitor sound as you're shooting. And if you're in the studio shooting for any sort of situation, the power grip comes supplied with, that's right, this is included, the AC-9VS which is an AC power adapter which allows you to plug the camera in, and have continuous power to it. You can also charge the batteries in the camera as well. Now, you must have the camera turned off for it to charge, you can't be using it and charging simultaneously like many computers do, but you can charge it straight up and so if you have only a charger that takes one battery you just leave the batteries in the charger and plug this in and you could be charging that up in a different way. And so, all of that is connected up through the tripod socket and that grip connector where all that communication is sent back and forth through it. So, it adds a lot of capabilities to the camera and so you probably already know if you want this grip or not. But anyone who shoots action, and a lot of auto-focus stuff I think it's probably gonna be very interested in that grip.

Class Description

We know what it’s like to dive right into taking pictures with your new camera. But dense technical manuals make for a terrible first date. Get the most out of your new Fuji X-T2 with this complete step-by-step walkthrough of the camera’s features.

Join expert photographer John Greengo for a fast-track introduction, and unlock your camera’s full potential. In this fast start class, you’ll learn: 
  • How to use the exposure control system 
  • How to understand and use the autofocus system for great photos 
  • How to maximize the use of the Wifi remote control system 
John is a CreativeLive veteran instructor and an experienced photographer. He has extensive experience teaching the technical minutiae that makes any camera an effective tool: aperture, ISO, the Rule of Thirds, and the kinds of lenses you’ll need to suit your camera body. This fast start includes a complete breakdown of your camera’s exposure, focus, metering, video and more. John will also explain how to customize the Fuji X-T2’s settings to work for your style of photography.


John Simpson

I highly recommend this class! Been shooting Nikon for 40+ years and decided to give my Nikon gear to my daughter and go the smaller and lighter Fuji X-T2 for travel. Excellent camera and this course was outstanding in helping me learn how to use the camera. I have watched a number of Nikon oriented instructional videos. This video by John Greengo is the best organized and informative presentation I have ever watched.

Monroe Nevels

We all learn from different methods. I, for one, learn best by watching you while teaching, and being able to work along side you, with my camera in hand, and then follow you. I highly recommend this class if you really want to know how to use your camera. Thank you John for helping me to relive my film days, and integrating into Digital. I now have my Fujo X-T2 programmed and I LOVE IT!

a Creativelive Student

Really appreciate John putting these Fast Start Series together. Went through part of the training waiting on my Fujifilm X-T20 to arrive, which did today. That allowed me to dive into the menu settings and get the camera ready to use. I found that we are on Firmware 3.0, so, I have some updates to get installed. The training was great and informative as always. Don't hesitate to look for his Fast Start for your particular camera, and the in-depth training on Photography Fundamentals. It is well worth your time and money to get this training, especially if you are an amateur like myself, but, thanks to John Greengo I am quickly learning to use my camera in Manual Mode, most of the time.