The Q&Q Blog / Reviews page refers to sharing Quick and Quality Notes, where I share my own findings and observations I have not read or seen anywhere else and I think this might be useful for other photographers, as well. They are planned to be really short ones.

#4    July 30, 2018

DIY corner: Must-have accessories for hiking and landscape photography for Fuji X T-10/T-20 cameras

I love the Fuji X T-20 for its small size and weight and for its great performance. This is really cool when add a small lens and it occupies no space in my bag, but, if I want to use my camera in a more advanced/handy way I can convert it! Observe one of the most popular accessories on the photos below: the ‘arca L-plate’, which makes the T-20 body bigger and more convenient to grab and hold with larger lenses, also, it is handy to use with arca-compatible tripods in vertical or horizontal position, as well. Further, the camera shared battery and SD-card compartment remains accessible while the L-bracket stays on place by its clever camera base-door-hole design.

The other must have accessory is the ‘Quick release camera belt strap buckle’, which can be fixed to the backpack belt/strap and the camera can be attached to and removed from the buckle/bracket fast and easy. A very convenient way to carry the camera (hikers, walking photographers) with no weight on the neck, but get back the camera to hands quickly upon need.

Ok, that are both fine, but what is the new information unique to this site (Q&Q)? 

To cut it short: the benefits of using the 2 products can be combined with some DIY work. 

What to do then? See below the original and the modified arca-plate of the backpack buckle. The original plate (left) is too wide when screwed to the L-bracket so it blocks the door of the combined battery and SD-card compartment of the T-10/T-20, so kills one of the key advantage of the L-bracket. However, if remove one strap hook of the upper part of the plate by sawing (at the blue arrows) and polishing the cut surface (red arrow) with fine sandpaper it still functions as before, but lets enough space to open the battery compartment for memory card and battery replacement. 

 

original and modified buckle plate

original and modified buckle plate as screwed to the L-plate

(see the blocked door by the original plate and free opening by the modified one)

Note: as the lower part of the arca-plate is not touched, the buckle/bracket, which is fixed to the backpack belt, still holds the camera securely as the unmodified product.

Summary: got 5 function in 1 ‘product’ – 1) protector of the camera base, 2) easy SD-card and battery replacement and 3) handy tripoding, further,  a 4) comfortable camera hold and 5) carry system with minor design change of an existing product, which is then combined with another one. 

#3    Jun 21, 2018

Update to entry #1: Limitation on Fujifilm X-T20 flash use in continuous drive mode with Godox Xpro-F trigger

Tested with Godox X1T-F flash trigger, too – same issue. Let Godox Co. know about this.

#2     Jun 17, 2018

My favorite quick access settings on Fujifilm X-T20 camera

While the T-10 has little room for customized camera setup, like programming fn buttons for own convenience, the T-20 is a way improved camera (not only) in this term. After a few months use I tried out different settings and button assignments, and finally found the following works the best for me. Actually, with these settings I prefer to use the FUJI MILC to Nikon DSLR, which has way more buttons and they are located differently on various models (e.g. D500 vs D750), I am just not using them everyday to be able to memorize them. Less is often more, so I can use the T-20 with the customized buttons faster and more effectively, also, “blindly” (means without leaving the EVF). Overall, joy to use this handy camera.

Q menu: see my setup as shown below

My menu: I added the following items in order:

 White balance

 ISO 

 Photometry

 IS mode

 Noise reduction

 Preview Exp./WB in manual mode

 AF illuminator

 Wireless illuminator

When push the MENU/OK it opens the white balance menu item, so I can adjust it quickly, which is especially useful for challenging lighting situations, like snowy landscape shots or in sunset and sunrise time.

fn buttons assignment:

 fn1 – histogram

 fn2-4 – AF

 AE-L – focus check

 AF-L – AF-on

 R-dial – ISO

 

These again, help to use my camera faster and more effectively.

#1     Jun 16, 2018

Limitation on Fujifilm X-T20 flash use in continuous drive mode with Godox Xpro-F trigger

Earlier, I used my Nikon gear with 3-4 flashes for bird photography to freeze the motion. Generally, I set the D750 or D500 to continuous drive mode and fired in 4-8 frames in a series using Yongnuo triggers and SB-900 flashes, that’s the way I photographed kingfisher and little owl in flight (see Gallery for examples). As I am replacing my Nikon gear with Fuji (or compatible products) I was wonder whether I can do the same with the Fujifilm T-20. After some googling I found very nice user feedback on Godox radio controllable flashes with built-in radio receiver, so decided to invest into the brand’s different models. Time to test! Attached the Godox TT685F (for Fuji) speedlight to the hot shoe of the T20 and tried out in continuous mode. The frame rate was disappointingly slow, 2-3 fps, only. Ah, yes, it is on TTL mode by default, so changed to Manual (M) mode in the menu of the camera (flash setting / flash function setting – or just change to M mode on the flash itself). Fire again: now, it is fine, achieved the maximum 8 fps with flash, as expected. Need to note TTL flash mode requires pre-flash for metering and calculation by the camera and flash combo for the proper output adjustment of the flash, so drop in frame rate is expected in TTL flash mode. The same happens with Nikon D750, which is limited to 3-4 fps and the D500 to cca. 5 frames per second in TTL flash mode, as well, while in M flash mode can achieve 6.5 and 10 fps, respectively. OK, but, actually, I never use on-camera flash, rather, create 3D lighting with multiple flashes (main light from angle, rim light from back, etc), so let’s see how it works with the Godox Xpro transmitter. Now attached the Xpro-F transmitter to the T-20 and set it to M mode, and the flashes to slave mode and fired. Same disappointing results as in TTL mode before. All right, check the camera menu flash setting / flash function setting and found it to be in TTL flash mode, while Xpro-F was set to Manual. Supposed to be transparent (as with on-camera TT685F), but, let’s change to M flash mode in the T-20 camera menu, as well, and try again. Well, I tried, but once I set flash to M in the camera menu it just switched back to TTL flash by its own, and I could not save flash in M mode on camera menu! Tried multiple times, same results. Hm, let’s try my other Xpro, which has Nikon foot (Xpro-N), so no TTL mode with Fuji camera is possible. Fired, got 8 fps again in M flash, while using off-camera speedlight! 

Conclusion is obvious: while CH drive mode works fine with T-20 with on-camera TT685F in M mode, the same functionality is not available with Xpro-F (for Fuji) due to the firmware limitation of the Godox flash trigger. DIY solution is simple: cover the TTL pins of the Xpro-F with duck-tape before attach to camera (so kill TTL communication) or use Xpro trigger made for other brands.

Dear Godox Co., knowing the company’s dedication for pleasing its customers by releasing regular firmware updates with bugfixes and adding new functions highly appreciate to fix the Xpro’s firmware at the next update by removing the above described limitation!