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Fuji-san logic
#1
I recently bought a Fujifilm XQ2 and there is something I just can't figure out.

 

Yes, I have gone through the user manual a number of times.

 

In very bright daylight when the correct shutter speed for f1.8 is around 1/5000-1/8000 the XQ2 tops out at 1/1000 even though it can shoot at 1/4000 - according to the manual. The 1/1000 shutter speed is set in red to indicate that the exposure will not be correct but will still shoot at this shutter speed.

 

When I stop down to f2.8 it will shoot at 1/1200 so I know that 1/1000 can not be the fastest shutter speed on the XQ2.

 

Is it a XQ2 only problem or are there any other Fujifilm users here having the same issue?

#2
It tops out (nice word) when I force the camera to use the mechanical shutter (max 1/4000 or 1/8000 on X-E2 / X-T2) although it could speed up to (fake) 1/32.000. And I'm not sure if I could find that hint in the manual. In Fuji's manuals a couple of functions are described only bascially. I would need to kn ow more - but they don't managed to imagine the necessary information.

 

However, I don't know much about X-Q2 (not to say, plain nothing). Soem of the Fuji functions I still don't understand how they work or why they have to work that (often weird) way. Maybe thxbb knows more?

 

edit: Just looked in the manual.

 

In which mode the shutterspeed turns red? I read a sentence like: If the shutter speed is displayed in red at the selected aperture, photos will be taken without the selected shutter speed.(Page 37)

 

A very good example to what I complained about before: If the picture "will be taken without the selected shutter speed" - then with which shutterspeed? Or no picture at all - but it says it will be taken? Or what else?
#3
I've tried A, P and other modes. Interestingly enough, in the user manual there are a whole bunch of pages where 1/1000 is used as examples. It is as if 1/1000 is some sort of sacred shutter speed.

 

As a side note I was pulling my hair out as to why I couldn't get the camera to shoot in multi-area focus mode even though I read that section about a hundred times. It just kept shooting in single focus area mode.

 

When the battery finally emptied and I put a fresh one in, as if by magic, the function then worked.

 

Anyways, I bought it for the wife so maybe she can figure it out. Yeah, right (not to be overly critical of the fairer sex).
#4
Good man, women usually are technically very gifted eevn if they had it with outstanding success.

 

:lol:

#5
Hmm, seems that this is by design, not a flaw of your particular camera:

http://www.fujifilm.com/products/digital...fications/

Quote: "Shutter speed... up to 1/4000 sec. at small aperture, up to 1/1000 sec. at full aperture"

I can't imagine a technical reason for this behaviour, plus it's of course not very practical and one would prefer it to be the other way round...

-- Markus
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#6
Thanks Markus. That was a good find.

 

I went through the official user manual with a fine tooth comb and it is not mentioned there.

 

Someone needs to ask Fuji-san under what circumstances would you shoot at f16 and 1/4000!

 

Owe you a beer or if you prefer a CX lens or two for testing.

#7
Maybe it uses the aperture as shutter in the lens, closing from small aperture being faster than from wide open. 

#8
That's not possible with normal Iris-blades, or? Wouldn't they jam in the center? But with other shapes maybe.

#9
Don't know, the last time I owned a compact digital camera was when I had my Canon S30, which had a shutter in the lens.

#10
I still have an Olympus X-A film camera. It has V-shaped aperture blades, but also a shutter- Three decades ago the precision of this parts maybe was limited.

  


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