Having had my Fuji X-Pro2 for a couple of months or so now I’m very impressed with its capabilities and glad I made the investment. As a replacement to the original X-Pro1 it certainly builds on the X-Pro legacy, but as with all new cameras and hardware it still takes some getting used to and understanding some of the controls available.
I’m no technical guru or expert in the realms of photography but I’ve found a few things about the X-Pro2 which I’ve thought oh yeah, this is cool or shortcuts that are useful for me when I’m out and about with the camera. So here’s 10 tips for the Fuji X-Pro2 I’ve picked up over my albeit short time using it.
1. Quick format of SD cards
If you’re wanting to format your SD cards quickly the most simple option appear to be to hold the bin button for 3 seconds and then press the centre of the rear command dial whilst still holding the bin button. This offers you the choice of which card slot you want to format. To reformat both, simply repeat the process once you’ve formatted one.
2. Returning your focus point to dead centre
If like me you use the joystick to move your focus point around a quick way of getting it back to the central position is to push the joystick in which returns the focus point to its centre point.
3. Changing magnification in optical viewfinder
If you like using the small Electronic Range Finder (ERF) box whilst in optical viewfinder mode you can change the magnification of the electronic image by repeatedly pushing the rear control wheel. There’s a choice of 3 different magnification enlargements, a great aid for fine tuning your focus.
4. Reset your auto focus box
If the size of your AF frame box is changed and you want to reset it quickly, push the joystick which take you to AF frame positioning mode and then push the rear command wheel – this will reset the size of your AF frame to its default value of 2 up from minimum.
5. Fast Wi-Fi access
In play back mode when reviewing an image – pressing the top plate function button next to the shutter button will automatically bring up the wi-fi function regardless of what you have programmed the function button for in shooting mode..
6. Manual exposure compensation (+/-5 stops)
Set the exposure compensation dial to C, and then adjust compensation using the front wheel by pushing in and rotate to change. This also gives 5 stops of control where the top dial only gives 3.
7. Remaining battery power as a percentage
Interested to know just how much battery juice you have left? Go to picture preview mode and press drive button or joystick lever up. At the right upper corner you will see the percentage left in the battery.
8. Switching SD cards quickly
Want to quickly to switch to another SD card slot? Simply press Playback button and hold for a few seconds while you are in a Playback mode.
9. Setting ISO via a function button
The ISO dial isn’t to everyone’s liking and until such time as Fuji consider a firmware update to replicate the upcoming X100F’s option to assign ISO function to the front dial, here’s how I get round it when I need to.
Set the iso dial to ‘A’ setting for auto iso. Set your desired function button as the auto iso setting. Set the default iso value to the highest allowable value, for instance iso6400. Each time you want to change iso, simply press the assigned function button and change the max iso value to your desired value.
10. AF-L/AE-L not working?
I’ve ran into this issue a few times which has had me scrabbling for the manual! Check you haven’t got face detection mode on as if you have you may find your AF-L/AE-L modes do not function. This also affects photometry as well, disabling you from selecting spot, average or centre weighted metering.
I hope you find these tips useful and of course, if you have any of your own tips to make the X-Pro2 work better I’d love to hear them.