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Fujifilm X-T2 Fast Start

Lesson 18 of 37

Bottom of Fuji X-T2


Fujifilm X-T2 Fast Start

Lesson 18 of 37

Bottom of Fuji X-T2


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


  • Capture images on the Fujifilm X-T2 with confidence
  • Set custom controls and menus
  • Master exposure and autofocus with the X-T2
  • Easily set up the camera's Wi-Fi


The Fujifilm X-T2 is one of the best travel cameras on the market, with a large X-Trans CMOS APS-C sensor packed inside a mirrorless compact camera. But that first date with the X-T2 doesn't always go well. Skip the 356-page instruction manual and explore the X-T2's features with expert photographer John Greengo at your side.

Start with basics like setting up the camera and taking the first shot, then dive into advanced topics like using a battery grip and customizing the electronic viewfinder. Learn how to capture an accurate exposure and how to work with the X-T2's AF system. Finally, in an update to the class, find out how to update the firmware and what new features Fujifilm has added since the mirrorless digital camera's launch.

This fast start course gives you everything you need to successfully shoot with the X-T2. Whether you are just picking up the X-T2 for the first time or are self-taught, learn the X-T2 inside and out, including more than a dozen "secret" shortcuts.


  • Photographers just picking up the X-T2 for the first time
  • Self-taught photographers that want to find what they're missing
  • Photographers considering investing in the X-T2

MATERIALS USED: Fujifilm X-T2, lenses and accessories


John Greengo is an award-winning travel and outdoor photographer. Along with his creative work, he's lead dozens of classes on photography basics. He's taught Fast Start classes for dozens of different cameras, including Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Olympus digital cameras as well as Fujifilm cameras. He's lead several classes on X-Series cameras, including the Fujifilm X-T20, Fujifilm X-H1, Fujifilm X-Pro2, Fujifilm X-T1, Fujifilm X-E2, and Fujifilm X-T10. John's straightforward teaching style makes it easy to ditch the boring instruction manual to learn the ins and outs of your camera.


  1. Class Introduction

    Get started with the Fujifilm X-T2 in this short intro lesson. Learn what to expect in the class, and why the X-T2 is such a great little camera.

  2. Camera Overview

    Start exploring the X-T2 in this lesson. Get a quick overview of the Fuji camera history influencing the Fujifilm X series. Learn what the weather-sealed camera can handle, what requires rain gear and how to check for new firmware. Set up the camera to take your first, simple photo.

  3. Photo Basics

    Learn the basics of how the Fujifilm X-T2 works. Understand basics like aperture and shutter speed, as well as essentials like how to hold the camera and why you should understand manual mode.

  4. Top Deck: Overview

    Gain an essential overview of the camera's most essential controls, from powering the camera on and off to navigation through the menu and using the new focus stick.

  5. Top Deck: Exposure Control

    Start deciphering all those controls at the top of the camera, beginning with the exposure adjustments. Learn how to use the ISO, shutter speed and exposure compensation wheels. Without a mode dial, learn how to switch from automated modes to manual modes.

  6. Top Deck: Metering

    Learn how to use the first of several function buttons on the camera with the button set by default to face detection. Gain recommendations for Fujifilm flashes that best pair with the camera, from the bundled flash to more advanced options to slide into that hot shoe slot. Underneath the shutter speed dial, learn how to use the metering controls on the camera and what each setting entails.

  7. Top Deck: Drive Mode

    The drive mode controls, underneath the ISO dial, contains several settings. Learn how to use burst shooting on the X-T2, the perks of the low shooting mode and high shooting mode, and how to shoot at 14 fps. Find the settings for bracketing options, video capture, multiple exposure, advanced filters, and panoramas.

  8. Camera Controls: Viewfinder Display

    The X-T2 has one of the best electronic viewfinders on the market. Find out how to adjust what the viewfinder displays and whether the eye sensor automatically switches between the LCD and viewfinder. Learn how to adjust the back LCD tilt screen horizontally as well as the hidden vertical adjustment.

  9. Backside: Playback

    Take a tour of the X-T2's playback settings. Learn how to view your images with multiple control options, as well as a shortcut to switch from one SD card to the other SD card. Discover how to quickly check the focus right at the focal point.

  10. Backside: Auto Exposure Lock and Focus

    Learn how to use the autoexposure lock -- or how to reprogram the button for an entirely new purpose. See how Fujifilm recognizes two different types of button presses. Discover the many adjustments possible using just the rear control dial -- which doubles as a button.

  11. Backside: Quick Menu Custom Settings

    Fujifilm knows that you're not going to want to dig through the full menu for every adjustment -- and that's where the quick menu or Q menu comes in. Learn how to adjust the 16 different options in the quick menu to your shooting style.

  12. Quick Menu: AF Mode

    Continue exploring the quick menu options with the different settings for the Fujifilm X-T2's autofocus system. Learn how to work with different autofocus modes, as well as essentials like the difference between phase detection and contrast detection autofocus.

  13. Quick Menu: Dynamic Range & White Balance

    If you shoot JPEG, you can adjust the dynamic range of the image to prevent blowing out the highlights. Learn how to adjust the dynamic range, as well as how to quickly access different white balance settings on the X-T2.

  14. Quick Menu: Noise, Image Size, Film Sim & Color

    The X-T2 can automatically adjust noise in JPEGs --- learn how to adjust this feature, and how much noise reduction is too much. Then, work with different image sizes and file types, as well as the film simulation and colors the Fujifilm X Series is known for.

  15. Quick Menu: Self Timer, Face Detection & Flash

    Finish going through the quick menu by going through the settings for the self-timer, face detection, and flash options.

  16. Function Button of Fuji X-T2

    Learn several hidden shortcuts in the X-T2's physical controls in this lesson on the camera's custom function buttons. Discover shortcuts using that new focus stick, and the re-programmable arrow keys, which double as function buttons.

  17. Left & Right Side of Fuji X-T2

    Continue the tour around the X-T2 and take a look at the right and left sides, which houses the camera's ports. Learn what accessories are compatible, as well as essential tips like the fastest way to charge the batteries.

  18. Bottom of Fuji X-T2

    The bottom of the camera houses essentials like the battery compartment and serial number. Gain some tips on getting the most out of the X-T2 battery in this lesson.

  19. Front of Fuji X-T2

    Finish off the tour of the X-T2 body with the front of the camera body, which includes the PC sync port and focus mode switch. Learn about the APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor and how it works.

  20. Fuji Lenses

    With Fujifilm, some of the camera's controls live on the lens and not the camera body. Learn how to use these controls, like the aperture and image stabilization switch, well as what Fuji lenses pair best with this mirrorless camera body, including both prime and zoom lens options. Gain an understanding of what all those lens abbreviations mean, like XC and WR.

  21. Q&A

    Gain additional insight into the camera with common questions from students like you.

  22. Camera Menu Overview

    In the second half of the class, dive into the menu system and learn how to customize your X-T2. Start with an overview of the menu (and the hidden playback menu) to get a jump start on properly setting up the X-T2.

  23. Image Quality Settings

    Dive into the first subcategory in the menu with the image quality settings. Learn the best file settings for the X-T2. Learn what the difference is between lossless compressed and uncompressed RAW files and more image quality settings in this lesson.

  24. Auto Focus and Manual Focus Menus

    Next up, head into the autofocus and manual focus menu. While there are shortcuts and quick menu options for these controls, understanding this menu is helpful for setting up custom control schemes. Dive into Fujifilm's new custom AF-C options, what they are, and where to set them.

  25. Shooting Settings

    The image-related controls that aren't about focus and image quality live inside this menu. Here, follow along with the different options, from bracketing to burst speed. Learn why the fastest burst speed isn't always best because of that electronic shutter.

  26. Flash Mode

    If you have a flash mounted to the X-T2, adjust the different settings inside this menu, from choosing to shoot TTL or manual, to adjusting flash compensation.

  27. Movie Mode

    Find the options for shooting video with the X-T2 inside this menu. Learn video shooting basics like resolution and frame rate, and dive into the X-T2's different video shooting options.

  28. Camera Menu Q&A

    Find answers to the most commonly asked questions about the X-T2 menu, including questions on using the digital camera's Wi-Fi and other features.

  29. Set-Up Menu: Basics

    Dive into a quick overview of how the Set-Up Menu works, from formatting the SD cards to setting the time zone.

  30. Demo: Add Items to My Menu

    Personalizing the X-T2 allows you to set your camera up to your shooting style. In this live demo, see how to set up the My Menu so your most frequently accessed controls are easy to find.

  31. User Setting: Sensor Cleaning and Sounds

    Finish exploring the user setting menu with options for cleaning the sensor. Then, dig into the sound settings.

  32. Screen Set-Up

    Learn how to customize the viewfinder and LCD displays in this menu, from brightness and color to what's displayed on-screen.

  33. Button Dial Setting & Power Management

    In the button and dial settings, learn how to customize the way the physical controls on the camera work, along with customizing the quick menu.

  34. Save Data Set-Up & Connection Setting

    Choose how the images are saved to the SD card in this menu, from adjusting the file names to backing up your photos to the second SD card. Then, head into the Wi-Fi settings menu to adjust the X-T2's connectivity settings.

  35. Playback Menu

    Inside the playback menu, learn how to convert RAW files in camera, delete files, and more tricks for images that you've already shot.

  36. Camera Operation Overview

    Gain some final tips on camera operation in this lesson, including a pre-shot checklist as well as how to check for dust on the sensor. John shares advice on a hierarchy of custom controls and final thoughts for getting the most out of the Fujifilm X-T2.

  37. Firmware Addendum

    In this update to the class, learn how to use the new features made possible by the version 3.21 firmware. Dive into the process for updating the firmware, the firmware history of the camera, and how to use the new features.


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.