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Fujifilm X-T2 Fast Start

Lesson 20 of 37

Fuji Lenses


Fujifilm X-T2 Fast Start

Lesson 20 of 37

Fuji Lenses


Lesson Info

Fuji Lenses

Let's talk a little bit about lenses, they have a number of different lenses and a lot of their lenses will have this Aperture Mode switch on it. Some lenses will have an aperture that actually turns from f/11 to f/16, f/22 and then into the A setting, it really depends on the lens itself. Many of their lenses, a lot of their zoom lenses will have an Optical Image Stabilizer, which is great for handheld photography, it'll allow you to shoot under lower light, because the lens is going to compensate for your movements, and make the image coming into the sensor a little bit more steady. When you're on a tripod, it's recommended that you turn it off but it uses very little battery power, so feel free to leave that turned on for handheld shooting. Most of the lenses will have Aperture Ring, some of them will be labeled and numbered, some of them won't. Zoom lenses will have a Zoom Ring and a Focus Ring, the other lenses will just have a Focusing Ring on it. Most of the lenses will have a l...

ittle notch out in front, which is for the Hood, and each lens has its own dedicated lens hood, so you don't want to mix and match lens hoods and lenses. So be aware of that, and each lens kind of has its own unique size of filter threads, and so, there's a number of very common filter threads that are used in the industry, this lens uses a 58, if you do wanna use a UV, polarizer or other filter, just not what filter sizes your lenses need. I'm not gonna go through all the Fuji lenses but they do have some very nice lenses out there, their latest line up that has come up from them in the last year has been there compact prime lenses. Now, these are all, kind of duplicating focal lengths they've already had, but they are at the f/2 aperture, which is not the fastest in the world, but they're small, they focus very quickly and they are weather resistant lenses, and a lot of people are really liking these, especially for street photography and travel photography, just 'cause they're very minimalistic. A lot of the more serious pros like the fast lenses, the 1.4, the 1.2 apertures, so, there's more than these, these are just a few of the highlight ones. So, if you wanted to shoot with the widest opening possible or the shallowest depth of field possible, you can look at some of these. Now, a lot of these lenses, they're not weather resistant, the 90 is, but the 23 isn't, the 56 is not, the 16 is not as well in there. And if you'll notice there's a lot of letters going on, and so Fuji has a number of letters that mean different things, ED means extra-low dispersion glass, for instance. The WR means weather resistant. Most of the lenses are just XF lenses, which is an X mount for Fuji. Some of them are XC lenses, which is the Fuji X mount but they're the economy ones. So, some other lenses that I think are very good, let's look at some zoom lenses. The serious zoom lenses, the 18-55 may be the kit lens but it also may be the best kit lens ever. I've been very happy with mine, good sharpness, small, light weight, I wish it was 2.8 constant or f/4 constant, I'm not happy with a lens that has a variable aperture on it, but it does make the lens quite small so it's great for travel. The 55-200 has a variable aperture but it doesn't go down to 5.6 like most of the lenses do, which is good, it lets in a little bit more light at 200. You can stop it down, of course, to 5.6, 8-11 and so forth, so that's a pretty nice option. And their 18-135 for an all in one zoom, it's one of the best options out on the market. If you really want the best of the zoom lenses, you wanna look for the red badge. They have this red badge XF Zoom lens on their 16-55 and their 50-140, and these are kind of their pro zoom lenses with their faster 2.8 aperture. They are weather sealed, they are very tough, they are very sharp, so they are very nice lenses. There is a 10-24 that almost goes into that pro category, it's the only one they have in that category, I think it's phenomenal. It's an f/4 aperture, which is fine for most photography, and there was just a recent announcement by Fuji that they're introducing two more lenses in the future, they do a road map, so if you wanna see what they're doing, do a google search for Fuji lens roadmap, and just this morning they introduced two more lenses. They're not specific, one of them is an ultra-wide zoom, and the conjecture among the rumor sides, is that it's going to be something in the realm of an 8-16 f/2.8, and it's gonna be one of the X red badge, XF zooms, and then there's another telephoto lens that's around 200mm that could be anywhere between a 200, or, I doubt that it's gonna be a 200 f/2, it might be like a 200 2.4, but the safe money would be on a 200 2.8. And so, they do need some longer, fast prime lenses and so, that's coming out. Until we get there, for those of you who want a longer lens, another one of the red badge zoom lenses, it's not a 2.8, it is 4.5, I think that's wrong, that's supposed to be 5.6, typo in the class, it's supposed to be 4.5 to 5.6 on that, with the 100-400 for all the birders and wildlife out there, wildlife photographers out there, that's the big telephoto zoom lens. Now, you can also use a couple of Zeiss lenses, when Fuji first came out with a system, Zeiss came out with some lenses and these are auto focus, and fully compatible electronically. And they don't seem to be adding to them, so I don't know if we're expecting any more lenses, but they do have some very nice options out there. You can also use Leica lenses with the M adapter that comes from Fuji, and the advantage of using this adapter is it's got electronics in there that has a little function button on it, so that, when you stick on a 50mm versus a 28mm lens, you can press that function button, dive directly into the menu system and make some changes in the camera about the metadata being recording what lens you are using, and there are some other little characteristics that we're gonna dive into the menu system as well, but if you do wanna use the Leicas, that is probably the adapter that you want to use, because we're gonna dive into that menu section where we can adjust the characteristics of that particular lens and the way it's recording the information. We talked about firmware at the top of the class for the camera, but there's firmware for the lenses. They have firmware updates for the lenses that they put out from time to time, that improve the performance of the lens. Do a google search for Fuji firmware table and you'll see the list of all the lenses. Now, as before, to check the firmware of your lens, press and hold the display/back button, while you turn the camera on, to see which lens version you have. If you do not have the latest lens version, download the appropriate software from Fuji's official website, load that on to a completely blank formatted memory card, put the memory card in the camera and then tell the camera you wanna update the lens firmware, and it'll take a couple of minutes to go ahead and load that information onto the lens itself. And so, this chart that I'm showing you now, I'm sure it will be out of date in 6 months, so you wanna do that check yourself, and see where you camera sits

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.