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Fujifilm X-T2 Fast Start

Lesson 12 of 37

Quick Menu: AF Mode


Fujifilm X-T2 Fast Start

Lesson 12 of 37

Quick Menu: AF Mode


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Quick Menu: AF Mode

Next up is the AF Mode area. We've been kind of dancing around the issue of auto focus and this is where we're gonna dive into it a little bit more closely. We can choose between a single point, a zone of points or wide tracking area which is pretty much the entire area of the frame that we're looking at. So, let's take a look at what we have here. So, the camera has a lot of focusing points. You're gonna see a white focusing bracket. That's kind of your selected area. If you achieve focus, it's gonna turn green. If it can't focus, either because the object is too close or too dark, or doesn't have enough contrast, it'll blink red at you and that will be your warning that it's not getting good information. Covering almost the entire area of the frame we have contrast detection points numbering 325, so we have a lot of focusing points. But, it's the ones in the middle, those slightly larger boxes which are the 169 phase detection areas and so this is different types of focusing. The pha...

se detection is the type of detection points that are often used on SLRs. And they are very good at being fast. And so if you want to focus on something quickly you want to be using the phase detection points. Now they also have contrast points basically layered on top of them as well so they're kind of a combo of both. But the outside ones are only using contrast. And contrast detection points are very good about being accurate and in focusing, it's important to be fast and accurate so the ones in that center box, that large center box are going to be your best ones. And if you recall, when we were in the continuous high mode, that's the area where it's going to be tracking focus. So there's a number of options when it comes to the focusing points. 325 is a big number and great number if you want to be very, very specific. But when it comes to moving the focusing point from the right hand side to the left hand side, there are 25 columns. That means you're going to have to go left 25 times and so a lot of photographers like to just simplify it down to 91 points, which is still healthy number of points. And so, it's going to be them just kind of grouped every other like is what it's doing essentially. And so, if you want to change it down to 91 points, you'll be able to do that in the menu settings in the auto focus, number of focusing points option. Just another little side note, didn't know where to put it, the camera can focus down to EV-3, that is not darker than darker. It's just a light level that would be considered very low. It's probably about on the order of full moonlight at nighttime. So, it is a very, very low light level. All right, the three options that we have in here are single point, and that's going to be a basic box around a single area of detection. And you're going to be able to use the focus stick to move it anywhere you want. For the rest of the class, I'm not gonna show you the 325. I'm just going to show you the 91 focusing point area, just so it's got a little less clutter on it. Now, on the back of your camera, you will press in on the focusing stick to activate the focusing area and then you can move the area if you want at any time by using the focusing stick or the control pad on the back of the camera. Or, excuse me, you can use the focusing stick anytime to control the direction. Once you activate the focusing point, then you can use the control pad to move it around. If you want to change the size, and there are five different sizes, you can either turn the front dial in, or the back dial in. And if you're not sure what the middle size is, if you press in on that dial, it'll always change it to the middle area. And then if you want to go to the center point, you can either press the display back button or press straight in on the focus stick button. So, lot of different controls in here. Next up is the zone setting and this is where we get to choose a group of boxes either three by three, five by five or seven by seven. And what I'm looking for is I'm looking for a box about the size of the subject that I'm trying to focus on. I don't want it to be overly large. And so, I'm trying to choose the smallest one that'll do the job. And then, finally, there is the wide or tracking area. And this will be good for a very simplistic focusing system. First off, it generally just focuses on whatever is closest to the camera. If you were going to hand the camera to a family member or friend who didn't know how to operate the camera, this would be the simplest way to have the camera set up for focusing. Because, it's just got a lot of information to work with and as long as they don't put something between their subject and the camera, it's going to be doing a decent job in general. But, if you're very specific and choosy about your focusing you're gonna want to go with the single point. And so let me show you a little bit on the camera. Let's adjust the table here so we can play around a little bit with focusing and so let's go ahead and get a little bit wider angle so that we have a subject in the foreground here. And so, for our focusing, I'm gonna go into the Q menu and we can select, let's see, spot, zone and large area. So, if we choose the large area, and we focus, well it sometimes will choose what's close to you, but right there, so it's choosing what's close to us. It's still choosing it, and so it's seems to have a bit of a memory cause it's not just choosing what's closest, I'm wrong on that. It is trying to decide what your subject is. And so, I find it really strange that it's focusing on the background there even though there's another subject very close in the foreground. So, I'm gonna jump into the Q menu. Let's go down to single point. And so now, I can just use the focus stick. And I can put it in the background. I can put it in the foreground and this is where I like to have it because I have very specific control of it. Now, if I want to change the size of this, I'm gonna press in on the focusing stick and I can turn the dial around and if I want to get back to the normal size I can press in either on the front or the back. It goes back there. Now, if I want to go, if I'm off to the side, and I say, "You know what, i just want it back in the middle." Press straight in on the focusing stick. That'll do it. It'll also do it if you press the display back button. Once this is activated in this screen, we can use these up down buttons for going left and right. But once we're kind of in the normal shooting mode those buttons do something else and you need to use the focusing stick to go back and forth. Now, the last option in here is the zone area. And, so, this is a... I'm gonna change this to just a little bit darker so you can see the box on this and turn off some of our displays. And so, there's our focusing box. We have it set very large, so I'm going to press in to activate it and then I'm going to change it to a smaller size. And now I have a box that I can choose that's kind of a medium size box. So you can choose virtually any size box that you want in order to focus which I love on this camera cause you're really not limited at all by what you're trying to do. And so, you can have whatever size box you want and you can put it wherever you want. But be aware that when you are using with a box like this, that it is doing a better job on those center focusing points, that big square in the middle. And so, lot of focusing options in there. Get in there, play with them on your camera. Make sure you're familiar on how to change all that stuff. So, that's our little screen on focus adjustments. And as I mentioned, be aware that the continuous high tracking area is using, I believe it's the 49 focusing points there in the middle. Single, zone, and wide tracking are once again the three focusing areas.

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.