I wanted to put a quick post together about the Fujifilm Cameras for Weddings that I use currently. The reason being, as Fujifilm equipment has changed over the last two years or so, my tools of choice have changed (though not by much).
I’m asked, at least once a day, via email and messages, what gear I use and so I thought I would update the list here.
As we know, from this recent tweet, Fujifilm will be releasing a firmware update for the Fujifilm X-T1:
— Fujifilm UK (@Fujifilm_UK) June 10, 2015
And so, in due course and when that is released (I don’t know when that will be by the way) I’m going to update my old Shooting Weddings with a Fuji post so watch this space for that update.
In the meantime, here is a brief overview of what I’m using right now to shoot:
Fujifilm X100T with Wide Conversion Lens
I’ve often said that I had to select just one camera to have, it would be the X100T. And I still stand by that. This camera is so versatile, so quick to use and so small. I pretty much always have the WCL attached.
You’ll see I am using a wrist strap with the camera at the moment and I’d really recommend checking out these amazing little things. The one I bought was the DEADCAMERAS Leather Wrist Strap. When I’m shooting on the street, and even at weddings, it is such a comfortable strap that you pretty much don’t even notice its there. I’m really enjoying using it and it seems so well made that I have 100% confidence in it. I’ll talk more about it when I pen the updated Shooting Weddings with a Fuji post in the next few weeks.
Click any of the images for larger versions.
The X-T1, of course, remains such a versatile camera and along with the X100T completes the bodies I use at weddings these days. I will shoot with the new Fujifilm XF16mm (you can see some recent images shot with the Fuji XF16mm if you wish) going forward as my wide angle lens. Up until recently, I’ve been using the 23mm lens which is still a great lens – but the 24mm (full frame equivalent) field of view that the 16mm gives is pretty much perfect for me right now.
The other X-T1 is armed with the XF56mm F1.2 lens which of course allows me to shoot with an amazingly shallow depth of field when needed, but also allows me to shoot in very low light when necessary.
So I shoot the weddings with the X-T1s and the X100Ts. I tend not to take big bags with me to the weddings and prefer to wander around unencumbered. However, of course, I need reserve equipment and in the car I carry my much loved and much battered Fujifilm X-Pro1. The rumour mills are in full flow about a replacement to this model and regardless of whether that happens, or not, I will always have a huge affection for this camera. In OVF mode it is as responsive as any camera and the ergonomics of it are still my favourite of all the Fujifilm X-Series range.
Another backup camera in the car is the X100S. Again, you can see this camera has been through some battles, but the X100S is a camera I have a lot of affection for ( Shameless plug alert: you can buy my book; Fujiflm X100S from Snapshots to Greatshots on this site if you want).
The original X100, whilst I no longer use it regularly for work, is still in my kitchen at home and I use it all the time for family photography and general around the house shots.
XF 16-55 F2.8
XF 35mm F1.4
These are my reserve lenses. The 35mm lens, actually, I will sometimes use as a primary lens through the day. It depends on the wedding, light, environment etc (it remains a lens I use a lot when shooting street photography).
The XF 16-55 F2.8 is a new lens for me. I typically don’t use zooms for wedding photography but I’ve been experimenting more and more with this lens. Because its a fixed aperture of 2.8 it is pretty good in low light. I have to say, I was pretty sceptical about how the AF would be and also the physical size of the lens when it was announce, but to be totally honest, the AF is blisteringly fast. The size of it is actually not too bad at all. You can see it next to the XF35 below (and that is a small lens). I can see lots of wedding photographers choosing the XF 16-55 F2.8. If, like me, you think it might be too big, check it out in a shot. It really isn’t huge and whilst I’ll remain a primarily prime shooter I think this zoom specifically will be very useful to many photographers.
So, a brief post, just to update my Fujifilm Cameras for Weddings gear that I am using in 2015. As I mentioned, as and when the new firmware is out, I’ll be doing a much larger post about shooting weddings with a Fuji. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this photofilm of an Indian Wedding I photographed recently.
All shot with one X100T and one X-T1 (with the 56mm lens):