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Fujifilm X-T3 Fast Start

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John Greengo

Fujifilm X-T3 Fast Start

John Greengo

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Lesson Info

10. Lenses
What do you need to know to choose the right camera lens for your XT-3? In this lesson, John overviews basic lens components, current lenses on the market (x-mount and adaptor-friendly) and his recommendations, and how to update lens firmware.

Lesson Info


All right, let's talk about Fuji lenses that got a lot of great lenses, but most of them fall with a lot of the same controls. They're gonna have an aperture mode where you can select between automatic apertures and manual apertures. In some cases, it's on the focusing ring. In some cases, it's an actual switch on the lens. Many of their lenses not all of them, though, will have an optical image stabilizer. And this is where lens elements will move around to compensate for your movement and allow you to photograph under lower light conditions and with slower shutter speeds, most of their lenses will have an aperture ring, as I mentioned before, some of them are labeled with apertures. Some of them are not labelled because the lenses are variable apertura lenses, and it depends on where the zoom Lins is Set. Zoom ring and focus ring are usually pretty easy to figure out. You can go in on the set up menu, and you can control the way the focus ring works. And so if you want to customize t...

hat, it is something that you can go in and customize. Most all lenses will have dedicated lens hoods that are specifically designed for that individual lens recommend using those safety reasons and for flair and contrast reasons. And most lenses will also have specific filter threads for using filters on him. Taking a look through Some of the lenses were not going to go through all the lenses that Fuji has. They have too many to do that. But some of the lenses that I think are good as serious zoom lenses, meaning that you're going to get some seriously good results with ease. Even the 18 to 55 kit lens, which is known kind of industrywide, is one of the best kit lenses out on the market. The pro zooms are the ones with the red badge, so the XF red badge zooms are their premium products, and so this is what is often referred to as the Holy Trinity. It's their three zoom lenses that have a maximum aperture of 2.8. All of these lenses are a little bit on the beefy side compared to the other lenses, but they are very good and optical quality. They've really been optimized in that regard. One of the things you'll notice is a lot of little letters at the end of these lens descriptions. L m w r And here is your Fujifilm Lens Technology decoding bracket to let you know what all of these motor of all of these little letters mean. I'm not gonna go through all of them right now, But optical image stabilization, weather resistant, those air, some of the ones that a lot of people look for on different lenses. The one lens that is not quite out yet. That I'm looking forward to is thesixties into 80 F four. This is gonna be the perfect travel lands. 16 80 is 24 toe 1 issue and zoom range compared to full frame. It's going to give you a pretty good wide angle in a pretty good telephoto in a pretty compact package. And so it's a nice little lens in Let's hope that the optical quality is right up there with the best of the other Fuji switch thinking it will be. They have a large wildlife lands 100 to 400. Remember, we do have a crop on this camera, so this is like a 600 millimeter focal length when compared to a full frame cameras. One of things I really like about Fuji is they're coming out with a hide variety of products. They just brought out lens that in some way outclasses all the cameras that they make. This 200 millimeter F to is a very nice high end professional sports photojournalist type glands. You could also be doing portrait photography, and it comes supplied with a one point for converter, and that is about it's more than three times the price of any camera they have, so lenses could be quite a bit more then the cameras. Another favorite aspect of Fuji lenses is thes small compact primes. If you want to keep your camera really small with a prime lands, that lets in a fair bit of light, these mostly F two and now we have a F 2.8 lens are really nice if you want to keep the weight down on the lands. But if you want to let in a lot of light, they do have a number of very fast lenses that go down to 1.4 and even down to 1.2. We have a few aftermarket lenses not as many as most companies. We have Zeiss that makes a number of very good lenses for Fuji, and then Fuji also makes their own adapter so that you can use like a lens is on the Fuji. These also have a function button on the side, the lens that you can go in and re program so that you can indicate what type of lens you are using, What focal length lens you're using on the camera. Fuji does make some incredibly nice video lenses, and there's a whole different set of video specs that go into making a video lens I'm not going to get into, but these air beautiful lenses thes air closer to the $4000 price range. But if you are gonna be shooting video that makes pulling focus and zooming in and out makes all of that much, much easier and smoother. So we mentioned firmware before for the cameras, but the camera also has firm where for the lenses. And so if you want to go online to Fuji's firmware table, you will see what the latest firmware is for the lenses, and what happens is that they can change the programming in the lends itself for focusing. And so they've improved the focusing characteristics of various lenses. And so you want to go in and make sure that you have the updated firmware for a particular lens. The idea is, is that you would go in and you download the software on your camera the same way you would for your camera, but you just need to have that particular lens on your camera, and you can upload the film software at that time. So if you do want to learn more about lenses, I do have a class specifically on choosing the right camera lands. And if you want to take a look at that, we do have that class here at Creativelive, and that covers you for the first part of this class in controlling all the outside controls.

Class Description


  • Leverage the new viewfinder for live view and playback
  • Understand how to navigate and customize the menus, modes, and settings
  • Know when and how to use the sports mode for subject tracking and fast shutter speeds
  • How to take advantage of the film simulation and grain effect modes
  • Use the 4k film options for incredible video performance with amazing opportunities for color grading in post production


The Fujifilm X-T3 is a mirrorless digital Fujifilm camera, hauling features from the 26.1-megapixel sensor to the 4K video and up to 30 fps shutter. But the Fujifilm’s X-T3 long list of features is just money wasted if you don’t actually know how to find them and put them to use. Skip the floundering through menus and join photographer John Greengo exploring the camera’s many features, from customizing the camera to understanding subject-tracking focus.

This class is designed for photographers using the Fujifilm X-T3, from those just pulling it out of the box to photographers that just haven’t found all the camera’s features yet. The class can also serve as an in-depth look if you’re not yet sure if the Fujifilm X-T3 is the best camera for you.

This Fuji camera class covers the camera from understanding the controls to customizing the menu.

What's packed in this Fujifilm camera Fast Start? Learn the vital information in less time than it takes to analyze the menu -- and have more fun doing it too.


  • Action Photographers
  • Videographers
  • New Fujifilm X-T3 Camera owners


John Greengo has led more than 50 classes covering the in-depth features of several different DSLR camera models and mirrorless options, including Fast Starts for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, and Panasonic. The award-winning photographer is one of the most celebrated CreativeLive instructors, leading classes covering a myriad of topics, including the previous Mark II and Mark III 5D cameras. Greengo has used the 5D series since the first 5D. He's led photographers through the ins and outs of advanced options like the EOS 80D and EOS 7D Mark II to entry-level Canon Rebel cameras like the Rebel T6i and T6.


Justina Tumaite

Thank you it's super helpful. I loved it :)

Eric Geerts

I've been with CL for quite a while and I pretty much got used to (all of) John's top quality classes. Kinda been waiting for this one over the last months. So thanks again, John, for your consistent 5 star quality standard!!

Robert Felice

I loved this class! How much did I love this class? I loved this class and I don't even have an X-T3! I have the Fujifilm X100V, a camera similar enough to the X-T3 that this class easily covered 85% - 90% of the features on my camera. It's also a camera new enough that there isn't much available on how to use it. This class got the job done for me. Well done, John!