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Fujifilm X-T2 Fast Start

Lesson 16 of 37

Function Button of Fuji X-T2


Fujifilm X-T2 Fast Start

Lesson 16 of 37

Function Button of Fuji X-T2


Lesson Info

Function Button of Fuji X-T2

The focusing stick on the back of the camera, we have been using for a number of different things and so this is kind of a review section. And so, you're gonna be moving the focusing point, you're also gonna be navigating throughout the menu. If you like using that stick, you can use that to navigate through the entire menu system. Now, there is a neat little shortcut on this, is if you wanna activate your focusing point, you press in on that once to activate it. You can press in a second time to get it set in the center. You would change the focusing by turning the back dial. It's just kind of a little bit of a review section there for you. If you're in the Playback Mode and you press the focusing stick, it's gonna activate the Playback menu. And if you press in on that button, you can reprogram it. So, let's do a little demo here. I wanna show you how this works, so let's get our camera turned on. And so, it's really nice if you're in a focusing mode, and let's see, I got my focusing...

box, and I like being able just to hit this and move my focusing box from left to right. I think that's fantastic, but some people, they bump it a little too easily, and if you're the type of person that bumps it and that irritates you, you have two options. First off, if you hold down for two seconds, it brings up the option. One option is Off and they're gonna go up, press that, press in, and guess what? Now the focusing point doesn't move around at all, it is completely locked, it is turned off. Will it work in the menu system? It actually does work in the menu system, so it's only locked and turned off for moving the focusing point. So, I'm gonna press in and set it down to this next one, which is push to unlock, and I'm gonna press OK. And so now, if I bump the button, it doesn't turn, but if I press straight in on it, it activates it and now I can move it. And so, it's kind of a half lock position and so, does it move? Nope, doesn't move, I gotta press straight in on it, now I can activate it and move it around. I like being able to move the focusing point very easily, so I'm gonna leave mine on On, right there. And so, just press and hold in for two seconds. Very easy to switch that around. Press in on the middle Menu/OK button to activate the menu and we're not gonna get into this right now. We're gonna spend the whole second half of this class going through the menu section, but it's also our OK button anytime we wanna confirm one of our settings in the camera. Now, if you press in on the menu button for three seconds, you will do a Control Lock which locks a number of the major controls on the camera, not the focusing stick, but the other kind of function buttons on the camera that we have been talking about and we're talking more about. And so, if you accidentally hit these buttons, you don't want them to get pressed, you can hold in on that for three seconds and you'll see the little lock symbol come up. That will lock all of those and to unlock it, you do the same process. Press and hold in on the Menu button for three seconds. We've talked about using this little control panel for going up and down, left and right, so we do a lot of navigating with it, but each of them are also Function buttons, which means they can be programmed with many, many different options for us to work with. Now, if you wanna get in and program these buttons, you can go into the Setup menu under Button Dial Setting and the Function AE-L/AF-L button setting listing and you can reprogram any of these buttons, which you may want to do. To start with, though, the top button, the Fn 3 Button is our AF Mode/area button, and so, if we press that button, we're gonna have the option of changing between Single, Zone, and Wide/Tracking. Now, if this seems somewhat familiar, it's because in a previous section we were doing the same controls in the Quick Menu, and so this is an even shorter shortcut. You don't need to go to the Quick Menu and so you can either reprogram this button or you can reprogram that section in the Quick Menu. As I said, we're gonna be seeing things two or three times, depending on how many controls and Quick Menus and menus that it's located in. Next control over on the left is our Fn 4 Button and this is our Film Simulation Mode. Once again, we saw this and already talked about it in the Quick Menu system, so if you wanna quickly changed to different film styles, you can do that with the left button or you can reprogram that button to do something else. On the right-hand side, our Fn 5 Button is our White Balance. Once again, we talked about this in the Quick Menu. But one of the things I want you to note is the arrows to the right-hand side. They're gonna bring up some different options and you can go in and you can fine tune the white balance. You don't like Fluorescent number one, you wanna make it a little more green, a little more red, a little more blue, you can adjust to one of these other color blocks and adjust the color settings on your camera. Now, one of the things I wanted to show you in here, let me go ahead and, let me just move things around a little bit, is I wanted to show you how to do a Custom White Balance on the camera. So, let me go ahead and have my camera turned on. I'm just in an automatic mode, I'm not worried about too many things. I do need to go a little bit wider angle. We don't need that out in front. And so, I'm gonna go to the right to activate my different white balances. And so, you can immediately see the colors and if I'm not happy with one of the colors, let's say, Daylight. Well, let's see. What are these? Technically we have fluorescent lights in here and let's just say I choose Fluorescent Lights 1. I can go to the right and I can choose to warm it up, I can cool it, I can change the colors to get exactly the color that I want. Now, what I wanna do is, I wanna do a Custom White Balance. You'll notice that number two here does not look right. When I hold up a white sheet of paper, it looks very, very blue and so what I'm gonna do is, I am gonna custom set number two to the studios at CreativeLive. And so how I do that is, there's an arrow to the right, I'm gonna go to the right and down here it gives me some information, Shutter, New, White Balance. So, I'm gonna press down on the shutter and it's gonna take a new white balance reading off of this piece of paper. And so now it has corrected for that lighting in here and any time I come into the CreativeLive studios with the XT2, I can simply set, make sure I get this locked in with the OK setting here, I can come into Custom setting number, number one doesn't look very two, but number two is spot on with what we have in here. If I go to number one, we're getting some kinda funny colors and so, for the rest of my demos in here, I'm gonna use Custom 'cause it's perfectly set up for the environment that we're in, so it's very easy to set up. I encourage you to use that if the other white balance settings are not getting what you want. Okay, so that's a little bit more on the White Balance. Final button, Function Button six. Performance, this is kind of interesting. We haven't really had this on too many cameras before. And so, we have had this and it has adjusted various features in the camera. When they designed the camera, I'm sure there's a little bit of a battle between the people who are in charge of battery and efficiency and the other group that's in charge of performance, and they're like, give us more power from the battery and we can do more things with the camera, and they're giving you the choice now what you want. And so, let's take a look at what this actually means in shooting. So, we have a Normal and a Boost mode and what it's gonna change is the focusing and the electronic Viewfinder. And so, how fast can your camera react to focusing? And how many frames per second is the Viewfinder showing you? And so, for normal shooting, for basic photography where you're not doing a lot of high-action work, you could leave it in the Normal Mode. If you put it in the Boost Mode, the focus will be a little bit faster, the frame rate in the Viewfinder will be a little bit faster, so you're gonna get less blurring as you go from side to side. Now, the question is, how does this affect battery life? And so, with battery life, it's gonna shorten the 340 shots that you get down to 260 shots, and it's up to you to decide whether it's worth it or not. I can fully see some people putting their camera in the high Boost Mode and never changing it, and I can see the exact opposite as well. And so, if you are traveling, you're getting low on battery power, you might wanna turn off the Boost Mode and so, it is a way for you to conserve a little bit more battery power if you need to. Alright, so all four of these buttons have particular things that they do right now, but if you don't like those things and you don't use them very much, let's just say you're not planning on changing the performance of the camera very often and you wanna go in and you want to change the Fn 6 Button to do something else. You can dive into the Setup menu under the following settings there to go reprogram it or you can follow a shortcut, which is by pressing down and holding the Display/Back Button for two seconds and it automatically shortcuts you to that section in the menu where you can go up and down, choose which button you want, go to the right and reprogram that button to do one of the any available options. Not everything is available, but there is a long list of items that you can choose from that button. And so, if there's a button that you don't plan on using, like you never wanna use Film Simulation, I highly encourage you to reprogram it and make it right for yourself. By pressing the Display/Back Button when you are shooting, you can change the different displays and if this seems familiar, we were talking about this but from the Playback perspective before. This is when you're shooting and so, you have a Standard view, Info off, Info display, which shows you your histogram and some of your other shooting data, and then we have a Duel display for manual focusing so that you can see with a, I think it's a three times magnified view of your subject when focusing. When looking through the Viewfinder and pressing the Display/Back Button, it'll change between three different options there. Kind of the largest screen possible, a smaller screen with all of the data outside of the area, which is nice, or another Manual Focus Display Only where it magnifies in the right-hand image what you see in the left-hand area there. I don't have a demo slide put in here, but I think it's a good place to do a little Manual Focus demo on this one, so I'm gonna get my camera in Manual Focus and turn my camera back on. I'm turning my camera off here, I wanna make sure my batteries last for this entire class here. So, in the Manual Focus Mode, I'm gonna hit the Display Button once, twice, and... We are getting, let's see if we can get that focusing point down on the fruit. So, now you can see, we have two screens. We have a big screen and then where we're focusing over on the right-hand side, and so now, you can actually see down here, the other little focusing area and I'm getting that magnified view over here. And so, I can get this view in the Viewfinder or on the back screen of the camera. I can't magnify that any more, just in case you're wanting to ask the question, can I make that even bigger? No, you can't, it's kind of a preset size on that. And so, it's kind of a neat way and a unique way, I don't know of any other camera company that does this and it's mostly thanks to the size of the Viewfinder in this camera. It's got one of the largest electronic Viewfinders available, that they're able to show you the entire area and a separate one for magnified area. So, if you like to manually focus, check that out and see if you like it.

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.