So you got a Fujifilm camera for Christmas—what a wonderful gift! You might be wondering, “Now what?” What things should you do or get? This article will hopefully provide a little clarity to these questions and more.
First, I always recommend reading the manual. They’re a little boring and overwhelming, so nobody wants to do that, but it’s important to know your gear inside and out, and the best place to begin is the user manual. Thankfully, Fujifilm has made their digital manuals easy to explore, so you can quickly and easily find the exact topic you’re searching for. I recommend spending a couple of hours reading the manual right after you’ve removed the camera from the box, and thereafter picking one topic to read each day for a month or more, just so you become very familiar with your new camera. If user manuals aren’t your thing, the alternative would be to go onto YouTube and search your camera with the words “setup guide” (or something similar) and you can watch someone explain it.
If you are new to photography, you should gain some basic knowledge. There are lots of articles and YouTube videos that explain the general principals of photography. A few years ago I published an article that you might find helpful (click here) on photography basics.
After that, you should download the Fuji X Weekly App onto your phone and/or tablet (click here for Android, and click here for iOS). The App is a library of over 200 Film Simulation Recipes (camera settings to achieve various looks straight-out-of-camera) for Fujifilm cameras. It’s free, and advanced features can be unlocked by becoming a Patron. This article (click here) briefly explains how to program these “recipes” into your camera. Also, the SOOC video series is an excellent resource that you should explore.
At this point you are ready to have lots and lots of fun with your new camera! But you still might have some questions, such as what accessories to buy next. I’ll answer that below, although it will depend on the exact model you have. Also, if you’re interested, read about my “ultimate” travel kit (click here).
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If your new Fujifilm camera is an X100V—or perhaps an older X100 model—there are a few accessories you should consider. You might not want or need them all, but you should look into these and determine what (if any) will be beneficial to you. Below is a list of recommended X100V accessories:
Fujifilm NP-126S Battery (you’ll want at least one spare)
SD Memory Card (I prefer to not skimp on quality)
Case, Neck Strap, or Wrist Strap (the strap Fujifilm provides is ok, but you’ll probably want something different)
Adapter Ring and Hood (so you can use filters and weather-seal the camera)
UV, Polarizer, Black Pro Mist, and/or CineBloom filters (you’ll want at least one)
Tele-Conversion Lens and/or Wide-Conversion Lens (to add versatility)
Fujifilm X-Pro3, X-T3, X-T4, X-S10, X-E4, X-T30, or X-T30 II
If your new Fujifilm camera is an interchangeable-lens model—X-Pro3, X-T3, X-T4, X-S10, X-E4, X-T30, X-T30 II or an older model—there are a few accessories you should consider. You might not want or need them all, but you should look into these and determine what (if any) will be beneficial to you. Below is a list of recommended Fujifilm interchangeable-lens-camera accessories:
Fujifilm NP-126S Battery or Fujifilm NP-235 Battery for X-T4 (you’ll want at least one spare)
SD Memory Card (I prefer to not skimp on quality)
Neck Strap or Wrist Strap (the strap Fujifilm provides is ok, but you’ll probably want something different)
Zoom Lens: 18-55mm, 16-55mm, 16-80mm, 10-24mm, 18-135mm, 50-140mm, or 55-200mm (consider upgrading the kit zoom)
Prime Lens: 18mm, 23mm, 35mm, 50mm, or 90mm (you’ll want at least one prime lens)
Obviously, you don’t need everything in these lists (and there are alternatives). Often less is more, so don’t worry about having everything, because photographic vision is much more important than photographic gear. You have a camera and a lens, and that’s really all that you need to capture great photographs, but it is nice to add a few tools to the toolbox. In this case, those “tools” might be gear, but they might be skills, so a book like The Art of Photography might be a worthwhile investment, as well as experiences (going places with your camera). As you gain more skills and experiences, you’ll have more clarity on what gear you actually need to better achieve your vision.
I’m just a bit confused about this recipe thing. Do you add recipes as custom setting profiles within the camera or apply them in Fuji X afterwards? I’m new to Fuji cameras as well as photography so just trying to get some things straight. Thanks.
You can do it either way, but I assign them to the C1-C7 custom presets and use them while shooting. But if using X RAW Studio works better for you, that’s always an option.
Hi and Merry Christmas ☃️
I’ve got mine this October, a gift from my beloved girlfriend, and I’m in love with the XT30 since.
However the first thing I bought, it’s a film protection for the screen. Next I changed the settings, shortcuts and add some recipes.
Next, I’ll buy a XC 35 or Viltrox 33. My 18-55 is great, but as lot of people, I like prime lens. But not enough to buy an expensive lens as de F1.4.
Great article, and one more time, merry Christmas 🎄
Merry Christmas to you, too! I appreciate your input–the screen protector is a great suggestion.
I’ved got mine not for christmas, but for my birthday, a few week ago (a X-E4).
The first thing i can say that it’s a real pleasure to shoot with ! Small and well done, with some prime lens, I make a pause with my old big reflex. My back say me “thank you” !
I’ve take it with the 16mm f:2,8 (not my first choice, but a very good price for the pack). And after reading your article on the Industar 61, I’ve found one : great !
One thing about the user’s manual : help for understand the Fuji’s “logical”, but not enough detailled. Missing a lot of information.
Speaking about the Fuji’s “logical” … The menu’s organisation is a mess ! I think that with time and perseverence it will be more instinctive, but when you come from the classical Canon/Pentax/Nikon it’s a little bit hard too found your path.
Next step : complete my lens park (I’m looking for a 35mm)… and sell my Canon pack ?
Thank you for your site and happy new year !
Happy New Year to you, too! Thanks for the input. The Fuji menu will grow on you once you get used to it. Still, not everything makes sense, at least not to me, but it gets easier with use.