Lenses & Front Of Camera


Fuji® X-T20 Fast Start


Lesson Info

Lenses & Front Of Camera

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.

Class Description

We know what it’s like to dive right into taking pictures with your new camera. But trying to understand the manual can be a frustrating experience. Get the most out of your new mirrorless Fuji X-T20 with this complete step-by-step walk-through of the camera’s features.

Join expert photographer John Greengo for a fast-track introduction, and unlock your camera’s full potential. In this Fast Start class, you’ll learn:

  • How to use the exposure control system
  • How to understand and use the 325-point autofocus system for great photos
  • How to shoot great 4K video with full sensor coverage

John is a CreativeLive veteran instructor and an experienced photographer. He has extensive experience teaching the technical minutiae that makes any camera an effective tool: aperture, ISO, the Rule of Thirds, and the kinds of lenses you’ll need to suit your camera body. This Fast Start includes a complete breakdown of your camera’s exposure, focus, metering, video and more. John will also explain how to customize the Fuji X-T20 settings to work for your style of photography.


Paul Reid

Excellent classes. Well structured. Easy to follow. Great explanations and practical tips. I've learned so much about my Fuji X-T20 since watching!

Eddie Maleterre

I use my X-t20 in full automatic mode since last February. I am really beginner in photo and the instructions booklet delivered with the camera is really boring. I am French and despite my bad English. I understand all these lessons. Today I use my X-T20 at 60% of these capacities and soon more... thanks to you, John Greengo to be that clear ;-) Just because of those lessons I don't regret y choice to had buy that Fuji X-T20