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Fujifilm X-T2 Fast Start

Lesson 17 of 37

Left & Right Side of Fuji X-T2


Fujifilm X-T2 Fast Start

Lesson 17 of 37

Left & Right Side of Fuji X-T2


Lesson Info

Left & Right Side of Fuji X-T2

Moving over to the left side of the camera you can get a better view of our Diopter adjustment so make sure that you get that adjusted to your eyesight. Just adjusting the viewfinder of course on the camera. And then we have our door on the left side which gives us access to a lot of ports. And the top one is for a microphone, and you can hook in any microphone that uses the three-point-five millimeter mini-stereo jack. If you like Fuji, you can use Fuji products. They have a MIC-ST1 that you can find, it's not too much money, I think it's around 100-125 dollars. And then you can mount that on the Hochu. There's other ones from Sennheiser and Rode which are really good as well. Next up is the Micro USB, and this is usually how you would connect up to the computer. So if you're gonna download from the computer, you would plug in a cord from there and download it to your computer. You can also charge the batteries in the camera itself by plugging into a USB port. It's gonna be slower cha...

rging, it's gonna take about five hours, so it's double the time to charge, but it can be done. And so if you're traveling with your laptop, you don't have an outlet source to plug into, you can pull the power from your computer, and put it onto your camera. Now the Fujifilm RR90 Remote is an electronic cable release. So if you wanna trigger the camera without touching the camera, this is probably the best remote to get. Now I was wondering when I saw this, how does this plug in, because the Micro USB port is about twice the size? Well the RR90 Remote has a little plug in that plugs into the bottom half of that kind of double port of the Micro USB. So it will work in there. Next up is the Micro HDMI port. So this is sending the video signal out of the camera. It's a type D remote and so if you're gonna use an external monitor or an external recording device, it's gonna go out through that and that's where the F log is gonna go out. The Remote on the bottom is a two-point-five millimeter, it's kind of a generic remote. In fact, as far as I know, Fuji does not make a remote that fits in here, but other manufacturers do. You can stick in a Canon remote, or a Vello remote, there are tons and tons of cameras that use this little two-point-five millimeter remote. And so if you want an electronic cable release, that's pretty cheap. Look for one of these two-point-five millimeter remotes cause they're gonna be much less money than the Fujifilm RR90. So it just gives you a lot of options, and if you recall, the third option was the mechanical cable release which actually screwed into the shutter release on the top of the camera. Working our way around over to the right-hand side of the camera, of course we have our door for our memory cards. Now both of these slots are UHS2 compatible, so if you have the newer, faster cards, it'll work with them. You should use slot one if you are doing a firmware update. Don't ask me what happens if you try it in card slot two, I'm going with the recommendations, you can tell me what happens to you. Whatever card is in white, as we mentioned before is the card that is being written to. It'll have an arrow below it. And sometimes it might even have a letter below it telling you whether it's shooting raw or jpeg depending on how you have these cards set up. And so in the Setup menu, under Save Data Setup, Card Slot setting for still image, you can choose to have your images on card slot one or card slot two. And then the same thing for movie file destinations, you can choose to have movies on one card or the other in the Setup menu. Now there is a shortcut for playing back of cards by simply pressing the playback, you can switch back and forth by holding that down for two seconds. To switch which card you're recording to, you're gonna need to go into the Setup menu in order to do that. The Secure Digital cards are available in a UHS1 or UHS2 option. So if you are gonna be shooting sports, action, you wanna be able to read and write data as fast as possibly from those memory cards. The UHS2 has two lines of contacts so it can get information passed back and forth even more quickly. Talking about the memory cards, we have a little lock switch. Be careful if you lock this, you will not be able to write information to that card. There is different sizes of cards, which will be classified by the SD or HC or XC options. They may, you may see them as UHS1 or two, and simply being UHS2 doesn't make the card faster. It makes it capable of being faster, but on its own it doesn't make it faster. You'll wanna look at the specific maximum speed ratings at either how many megabytes per second, or an X rating on it. For those of you shooting video, you'll wanna pay attention to the minimum speed. And Fuji recommends a... Where is it? Should be coming up here in a second. A UHS Speed Class three, which is among the fastest cards currently available. Because this camera shoots 4K, that is a lot of data to record in a very short period of time. And so if you're gonna be shooting standard HD videos, you probably don't need that Class three card you can work fine with the Class one card. So pay attention to what cards you get. If you shoot a lot of action then you wanna get the faster speed cards. If you're shooting just basic travel photography, general pictures here and there, you don't need to spend double the money to get a faster card. It's not gonna change the performance of the camera for somebody using it in that manner. For downloading, yes you can download straight from the camera to the computer, but it's just a little bit on the slow side, and it's a little bit cumbersome as well. So I often recommend getting a card reader, or either using the computer itself for downloading. The images will get to the computer a little bit faster, and the camera can off be doing other things and you don't need to have that around your computer at the time. Now if you do need to format your card, you will see that in the Setup menu. And that is something that I try to do after I have downloaded my images and I have backed them up. I like to go out on new shoots with a completely fresh, emptied card that has no data, no data directories, no file folders, nothing else on them. And so you should format your card on a regular basis. Don't do it right now if there's pictures on it, you wanna make sure you get those downloaded first.

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.