When seven slots for your JPEG recipes are not enough, here’s how to get an eighth custom setting slot on the Fujifilm X-T5!
This isn’t going to be a long post I’m afraid. Some people would probably just give this cheeky piece of information away in an Instagram story but I need to keep posting consistently so here we are.
For as long as I’ve had my Fujifilm X-T2, since 2016, and relied primarily on the excellent in-built film simulations, you’ve only been able to save seven custom JPEG recipes. I’ve never really had an issue with that (save for it being an odd number) and I was content to set my cameras up accordingly; my favourite setting as #1, black and white as #7 with a range of different recipes in between. You can check out my Fujifilm JPEG settings on my X-T2 and X100F here.
I’ve been using the Fujifilm X-T5 for a few months now and have been constantly chopping and changing trying to find those perfect settings to fill the seven custom slots. As a side note, the custom setting slots on the X-T5 are much, much, more than just a space to save your JPEG recipes. You can change pretty much every setting across the camera and store that in one slot before doing the complete opposite in another. This would work perfectly for those who use the camera across multiple disciplines eg switch from the perfect set up for portrait photography to sport photography in an instant.
I however am much more predictable in the style of photography I shoot so I’ve kept my seven custom setting slots for JPEG recipes only. It does however mean, and this is one of my only gripes with the X-T5, that settings that should be default switch every time you change recipe. For example, sometimes I will switch to a different Auto ISO setting (eg from minimum 1/200 to Auto in terms of shutter speed) when the light drops and then want to change JPEG recipe too. The Auto ISO will revert back to the saved setting within the new custom slot I’ve just chosen. Trust me it is annoying. I wish there was a way to de-select which settings should be excluded from the seven custom slots.
Anyway, enough of my moaning, you’ve come here for one thing and one thing only; to figure out how on earth you can get EIGHT custom setting slots on the Fujifilm X-T5. It may be that everyone has already discovered this little ‘hack’ but it’s new to me and so I’m sure it will be of interest to some out there.
So, let’s say I have all my seven custom setting slots filled with different JPEG recipes for each. On the Fujifilm X-T5, I have my Right D-Pad Button set to bring up the custom setting slot menu and I’ve just noticed that if you scroll right to the top there’s a ‘NOTHING SELECTED’ slot. Click that.
With ‘Nothing Selected’, you are initially left with a very basic flat picture with nothing adjusted whatsoever. However, what I found is that you can still dial in your favourite Fujifilm JPEG settings (I’ve put my Chrome Urban recipe here) and it saves the settings as you switch back and forth between say setting #1, setting #3 and then back to ‘Nothing Selected’. You can’t rename it but who cares when it works as an eighth slot?!
Doesn’t that seem cheeky? A really cool and easy way to dial in eight different Fujifilm JPEG recipes into your X-T5. For me, this is perfect. I now can have my 3 favourite recipes (Chrome Urban, Classic Neg #3 & Nostalgic Negative) alongside two black and white recipes, a recipe specifically for night time, something with a little less shadows that I’m working on and one slot that I can keep switching up (normally #4 and it’s Portra 800 right now).
If you already knew this, I’m sorry, but if not I hope you’ve enjoyed this post!