Quite some time ago I wrote a blog post about my favourite settings for my old Fuji X-Pro1 and since the arrival of my X-Pro2 a few months ago, I thought it would be interesting to note down what I consider to be my favoured settings for the X-Pro2.
Settings are quite personal and as such I'm always interested to read and hear other photographers favoured settings. Invariably there's always something to take from others experiences and there's really no right or wrong way with a lot of the camera settings, just preferences.
Having used Fujifilm cameras since 2012, I've found that contrary to some opinion, I prefer to use the RAW file and process to my own recipe. Whilst I like the JPG conversion, I'm not over keen on the colours of the film simulations. I've tried extensively to like them but invariably come back to the RAW file to use. I'm no pixel peeper, so if the RAW file isn't quite as sharp as the JPG, I don't beat my self up too much about it now.
Below are my favourite settings:
IMAGE QUALITY: FINE+RAW - Even though I prefer the look and working process with RAW I still shoot both JPG & RAW, I think it’s more habit than anything else, but with the advantage of two SD card slots, I can do this easily and without hassle. If I get everything I want from the RAW file, I simply delete the JPG images, or if I’m struggling with the RAW file I will take a look at the JPG to see if I prefer the look of this.
RAW RECORDING: COMPRESSED - Compressed is fine for file size and works perfectly well with the current version of Lightroom CC I run.
FILM SIMULATION: Provia Std - I prefer to shoot as flat a JPG as possible, simply so I can see what’s happening when I’m reviewing the image in camera. To this end I’ve found I really like the look of Provia Std. The alternate film simulation I will use is Acros +G. I like the tones I get from the green filter and if I want to use the JPG I simply bump the contrast and clarity in Lightroom. My Provia settings are as follows -
Noise Reduction -4
EXPOSURE COMPENSATION: I set my exposure compensation button to C and adjust my exposure compensation off the front dial. This offers +/- 5 stops rather than 3 as standard, but the big advantage is the speed at which I can adjust the required compensation and see it in the viewfinder.
DYNAMIC RANGE: I leave at 100
WHITE BALANCE: Auto (most of the time)
LONG EXPOSURE NR: OFF
AF ILLUMINATOR : OFF
AF+MF: ON - This setting allows focus adjustment while the shutter button is half pressed. The camera must be in focus mode S for this work.
AF MODE SETTING: AF-S - For 99% of the photographs I take, AF-S (single point) works perfectly well for my needs.
MF ASSIST: PEAK - I use peak assist with either red of blue highlights for manual focussing.
INSTANT AS SETTING: AF-C - This tells the camera what autofocus setting I want to use when I press the AF-L button while the camera is in manual focus mode.
CORRECTED AF FRAME: ON - This adds a second focus box in the OVF (optical viewfinder) and helps to correct for parallax errors.
PHOTOMETRY: - By default I leave this on multi metering, but when needed will swap to Sport Metering where required. Occasionally I will move to average as this helps to even out shadows and highlights.
SHUTTER TYPE: MS & ES ELECTRONIC SHUTTER - With the option to shoot at 1/8000 in mechanical shutter, I prefer to use the mechanical shutter wherever possible. If the need to eliminate any shutter noise is needed, I can flip to ES, but the X-Pro2 shutter sounds so good, so why not use it?!
ISO AUTO SETTING: MIN 200 to MAX 6400, MIN. SHUTTER SPEED 1/125 - I shoot more in auto ISO than anything else, and try to use as higher shutter speed as possible even if it means foregoing a little ISO noise. ISO noise can easily be controlled with the X-Pro2.
SOUND SETTING: OFF - I prefer the silence
IMAGE DISPLAY: OFF - I don’t need a preview of the photo to pop up when the image has been taken, I chimp where required. This also helps to preserve battery life.
FOCUS SCALE UNITS: FEET - I’m old school, so feet is more simple to relate to for me.
FOCUS LEVER SETTING: ON - This setting makes the joystick active and is a great feature on the X-Pro2 allowing you to move focus points around easily.
CARD SLOT SETTING: RAW/JPG - It’s great having two card slots in this camera. I write RAW to card one and the second card slot is used for jpegs. this setting allows me to separate them on two different SD cards.
I'm confident everyone has different settings that they are comfortable with, I'd be interested to hear what settings you have your X-Pro2 set up with and how you find them.