Better Fuji Photos
Better Fuji Photos
Apr 11, 2023
All About Fujifilm's Shutter Types
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Better Fuji Photos Episode 13: All About Fujifilm's Shutter Types

We (myself included) often leave the camera on one shutter type and never think about it again. But that's likely not the best strategy as it can have serious implications for our photography.

We'll cover the (up to six) different options in the Shutter Type menu in this episode and their advantages and disadvantages.

To summarize:

  • Mechanical Shutter (MS) is a safe bet for everything and can go up to 1/4000 or 1/8000 sec.
  • Electronic Shutter (ES) is the fastest and quietest option, up to 1/180000 sec. in some cameras, but it has a lot of limitations, all outlined in an article linked below.
  • Electronic Front Curtain (EF) can give you slightly sharper photos in certain scenarios but can give you exposure problems faster than 1/2000 sec. in X cameras and 1/500 sec. in GFX cameras.
  • M+E utilizes MS up to the fastest mechanical speed and then automatically switches to ES.
  • EF+M utilizes EF up to 1/2000 sec. (X series) or 1/500 sec. (GFX series) then switches to MS.
  • EF+M+E utilizes EF up to 1/2000 sec. (X series) or 1/500 sec. (GFX series) then switches to MS. Upon reaching the mechanical limits, it will then switch to ES.

Take advantage of your shortcuts, like My Menu, the Q Menu, or custom controls to quickly access the Shutter Type menu.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Disadvantages of Electronic Shutter Silent Shooting: ⁠⁠

What is Electronic Front Curtain Shutter?:

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