Fix It, Max.

on November 13, 2022
And Fujifilm fixed it. I have been using Fujifilm cameras for quite some while now in the field and studio. I've accommodated myself to the menu and set most of the controls on the cameras to fit my preferred way of working. You'll have done so with whichever camera type or make that you use. All good Note: If that last sentence doesn't ring true - if you have just gone with the defaults that were on the thing - or never ventured past what the camera shop salesperson may have cranked in just before you left the shop - pause and consider. Are the camera and lenses doing what you want to do - in a way that makes it easy for you? No need to be sheepish... I confess to not investigating deeply enough into the menu and options for my first two Fujifilms. They more or less ran on factory settings and I was very pleased. But I read more and started to wonder if I was missing out by not making some of the settings personal. There was a period of experimentation, followed by a longer period of YouTube investigation ( with ads... ). Then a bit of soul searching and realisation - I had been doing some things the hard way, and some things the sloppy way, and some things not at all. So I finally taught myself the custom setting menus, tossed out a number of excess steps in the workflow, and am very much better for it. Not all the cameras in the cupboard are set to the same things, but they do different tasks. Back to the fix. For my studio shooting I frequently make tabletop dioramas. These take hours to set up and put away and more hours in between moving models and tweaking lighting. The final set of shots might occupy only a very little portion of the time spent fiddling. I console myself by thinking that at least the subjects do not wither or deteriorate like food or flowers and they cannot bite me like animals or brides. But there is a great deal of turning the camera on for a while and then off again for the next move. The shooting is always best done on a tripod or a baseplate with all forms of vibration damped or turned off. The self-timer is a good way to gain 10 seconds of calming time before the shutter goes off. But in my Fujifilm cameras the self-timer shuts off ever time you turn the camera off and has to be re-programmed as soon as the power comes back on. It's like having to wind up the old-fashioned mechanical timer on a lens or attached to a shutter button. Now Fujifilm has corrected this. The Fujifilm rep showed me a menu entry that allows me to program the status of the self-timer before I turn it off. So I am ready to go as soon as the power starts. Believe it or not, this is a deal-maker for me on this camera. This, and the ability to pixel-shift to apply more information and resolution onto the file. Whether this is something that is compatible with focus - bracketing is as yet unknown, but when I find out the answer I'll let you know.