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Disable Shutter Speed Dial on X-T2

I find it a little annoying that the shutter speed gets bumped almost every time I shoot. The back dial is so soft, that it’s very easy to change the shutter speed without realising it. The main value is set on the top dial, which can be locked, but the back dial is used to fine tune the shutter speed to the third of a stop. And that is the annoying part. I set the shutter speed to 250 to do a studio shoot, and a few frames later I get a black line in my image because the shutter speed exceeded the max sync speed of the Fujifilm X-T2.

I once shot a third of my headshot session with shutter speed changed to 320, before I realised. I could still salvage the images as it was shot against a white background, but that was not happiness. Fuji came up with a lock, which helped by locking any setting, which in my case was the shutter speed and aperture. That worked fine in a studio shoot, but on location in different light conditions, I wanted to be able to change the shutter speed any time I wanted, without running a risk of changing it unknowingly.

The most annoying times were when the shutter speed went above 250 and I was shutting with a flash. It still worked, but the exposure changed because the flash went from full power to high speed sync and my images came darker. Another bad thing is when the shutter speed goes below 125, and I get a bunch of blurry images, as a result. Didn’t like that either.

This time, I decided to lock the shutter speed to the top dial only. The back dial is disabled and I’m happy. I don’t mind having only 60, 125 and 250 available shutter speeds. I can live without the ones in-between, and there is no risk of changing the SS mid-session. End of rant… 🙂

Disabling the shutter speed dial is as simple as going to the menu, set up, Button/Dial settings and change SS Operation to OFF. Make sure you unlock the functions prior to doing this.

I do shoot mainly in Aperture priority, so disabling the shutter speed dial is not a huge issue to me, but there are times I needed to shoot in manual, and that shutter dial got me pretty annoyed.
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