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BIF Settings for Fuji X-T2 using the XF100-400mm

Discussion in 'Fujifilm' started by Eduard, Jan 26, 2017.

  1. Eduard

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    As I've posted elsewhere, Laurie and I are joining some of our cousins at Nikonites for a two-day Meet and Greet in Florida next month. I've rented the Fuji XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens and battery grip for the event. We will be shooting at the Circle B Bar Reserve near Lakeland, Florida. I expect that a fair amount of the shooting will be Birds in Flight which I haven't really done before.

    I noticed some amazing BIF images captured by Trevor Kloeden on DPReview using an X-T2 and the XF 100-400mm. I reached out to him and asked him how he setup his camera and any other suggestions. He very graciously sent me a detailed response and allowed me to share it. I can't wait to try it out!

    Hi Ed

    Happy to share my settings with you. The XT2 + 100-400mm is one awesome setup. I switched over from Nikon some years ago and have never regretted it.

    Stationary Birds:
    Metering is set to “Centre-weighted”.
    ISO is set to “Auto”
    F stop is usually round F8.0 (Sweet spot).
    Shutter speed any where from 1/125 - 1000 sec (Depending on the available light).
    Focus set to “AF-S”
    AF mode “Single Point”.
    Shutter set to “S” or “CL” depending on how nervous the animals are.
    On the lens focus set to “5m - Infinity” and aperture set to manual (F8.0 ish) and OIS “On”.
    The OIS on this lens is awesome and you can shoot right down to 1/60 sec with a steady hand.

    Birds In Flight:
    A real challenge on any system.
    As above but with OIS “Off”.
    Focus set to “AF-C - Custom setting 5 (Erratically Moving & Accel / Decel Subjects”.
    AF mode “Zone”.
    Shutter speed 1,1000 sec.

    Other tips:
    I also have on AF + MF switched on. See page 142 of the manual.
    This enables you to manual focus the lens with the shutter pressed half way.
    Works well when the camera chooses a different focus point than what you want. Just hold the shutter half pressed and rotate the front focus ring to fine tune your focus. I have the RED focus peaking on so makes it easy to see what is in focus.
    I shoot both RAW and JPG together. I use Capture Pro One V10 for all my editing (Mostly RAW files). This program works extremely well with Fuji files (RAW & JPG).

    Just be aware of what you are focusing on especially if you are within 10m of your subject and round the 400mm mark. A focus on the bird body may make the face out of focus. As you get further away DF not such an issue.

    I don’t have the grip and have no intention of getting it. The XT2 is fast enough for what I do.

    I do have the 1.4TC and do use it at times when I know the shots will be long. Works with the same settings above. IQ is still awesome with the TC and focus works fine.

    I also use a Monopod at times. Especially with the 1.4TC. Also helps carrying the setup on a long days shoot.

    Hope that helps some what as it works for me. Let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

    Happy snapping.

    Cheers

    TrevorK
     
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    Trevor Kloeden seems to be a nice guy. Thanks for sharing this Ed, is very useful
     
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    Another BIF article detailing settings using the X-T2 and 100-400mm was posted on Photography Life. Link here.
     

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