Looking onto the front of the camera, very important control here. This is the focus mode. This controls how the camera focuses. Three different options. S stands for Single. This is great for stationary subjects. If you want to focus on a subject and then recompose, your camera will focus, lock and stop. The other very different type of focusing is C for Continuous. And so, if you have a subject that is moving and you need to track that focus, you want to be in the continuous mode. And then finally, if you want to manually focus, you can put it into manual focus. And remember, that back AFL button on the back of the camera, is your manual focus override, if you would like temporary autofocus while you are in the manual focus mode. And that is how a lot of Fuji users have their cameras set up, is in manual focus, but with back button focus. We have our image sensor, which is a 24 megapixel sensor. It's a 1.5 crop when compared to full frame. We have our lens contacts, that communicate ...
with the lens, all sorts of focus and aperture information. The lens release, for taking your lens and off. And there is a lens alignment that you will notice for lining up your lenses. And then, you'll hear that alignment pin click when you get your lens locked on there properly. I know there's a lot of new people that are a little trepidacious about changing lenses. And it's not that big a deal. And so, just make sure you press in on the button, turn it, and I usually don't want to leave the camera exposed like this for too long. It's a pretty clean environment in here, so I'm not concerned right now. But I wouldn't want to be doing this out in a dusty environment. And so, you got your orange dots, you got your orange dot. And when you have it locked on properly, you're going to hear a click. And so, listen for the click, right there at the end. That means you got your lens all the way put on there properly. So just make sure you get it on there all the way, so that the contacts are in the right spot and it won't fall off. All right. We've talked about that front dial quite a bit, and there's a number of different things that it does. Controlling the aperture, selecting scenes, changing the exposure compensation. And so, remember that that is a button as well as a dial. We have a little light, which is your AF assist self timer lamp. And if you don't like that, you can turn it off in the menu system. I'll show you how to do that in the next section. Stereo microphones for your movie mode. Let's talk a little bit about some of the lenses. So, some of the lenses will have that automatic aperture mode on it. Will have stabilizers on some, but not all lenses, with a switch right on the lens. Most of the lenses will have an aperture ring. Zoom lenses will have a big zoom ring. And most lenses will also have a focusing ring. But this varies from lens to lens quite a bit. Most all lenses are going to have some sort of hood mount and a very specific hood for each particular lens. And I recommend using it as much as possible. Different lenses will have different filter sizes. You can use filters if you want. A lot of different filters available out there in many different common sizes. So, take a look at what your lens needs. There is a couple of budget zooms, and these have been very modestly successful with Fuji. They're the XC lenses. They do not have the aperture rings on the lens. Optically, they're pretty good and they're just built to a little bit lower quality standard. And so, they're not quite as robust and weather sealed as some of the higher end lenses. Kind of your standard range of your, what I would call serious zooms is the 18 to 55, which is probably the best of the kit lenses out there. The 55 to 200, a good general telephoto. And if you wanted one lens, does everything, they have the 18 to 135. They have a lot of letters, indicating the special features of the individual lenses. And so, here is kind of your key code to some of those most common features and characteristics of the different lenses. Their pro zooms will sometimes have red badges on them. They are fast 2.8 lenses, or they're big 100 to 400. And these are really some of their top end, best glass lens. And so, of course, these are recommended. They're going to work great on this camera for sure. They also have some really nice prime or fixed lenses. This new series of F2 lenses, the 23, 35, and 50 are great, really small lenses. The 3514 is also a very popular lens as well as some of the other ones out there as well. So, the camera has firmware and the lenses have firmware as well. And so, if you look when you do that firmware check, there is firmware for your lenses, and you can get new firmware from Fuji. And the easiest way I've done is just to do an internet search for Fuji firmware table. And it's going to usually bring you to a Fuji site, which gives you a table of all the latest firmware for all their lenses out there. And so, this will change from time to time . So in the future, this little chart will now be accurate. But they have been upgrading the way that their lenses focus and how fast they can focus. And so, don't forget to check the firmware of your camera, check the firmware of your lens, and update it in the same manner.
John Greengo is an award-winning photographer specializing in outdoor and travel photography. Shooting for over 3 decades, John has developed an unrivaled understanding of the industry, tools, techniques and art of photography. When he's not traveling for a new shoot,
Excellent class, well structured and easy to follow. Although following this class to get to grips with my Fujifilm X-T30, the functions and menus are near identical, so this class is perfect. As a relative newcomer to photography, the explanations are incredibly helpful and helped me to gain confidence in operating my camera. I am also following John Greengo's Fundamentals class and couldn't recommend him highly enough.
This was just what I needed to become more familiar with my xT30...cousin to xT20. Fast start is right. My mind is spinning with information, but that's OK. Very useful information here and valuable handout. Instructor is so knowledgeable and explains things well. I enjoyed his photography 101 course as well.
Would also love to have a fast start guide for the Ricoh III. PRETTY PLEASE.
Excellent classes. Well structured. Easy to follow. Great explanations and practical tips. I've learned so much about my Fuji X-T20 since watching!