Hi guys. My name is Victor and together with Ronja I’m part of Muse & Mirror, a wedding photography duo. I’m also a Fujifilm X-Photographer for those who care. I’d like to start with saying what this blog post is about:
- General thoughts about focal lengths for portraiture
- Fujis primes, their real life efficiency and my hands-on experience with them
I won’t bore you with charts and stuff as it doesn’t matter to myself and you can read those reviews elsewhere. I decided to write this article for two reasons. The first one is that I coincidentally have all of Fujis „portrait“ primes at home at the moment. The second reason is that I’ve read tons of stuff about all those focal lengths before buying but never saw them in such a broad comparison, so I thought that this could be helpful for any of you that are a little bit lost on which one to choose. For those of you who don’t know me: I use Fuji for all my work, but I have two dominant sections which are wedding photography (+ portraits) and Fine Art Composings. So I think my review suits people photographers the best – at least this is what I will focus on……
Three epic days with some of the warmest and most welcoming people that I have met so far. I am going to let the images do all the talking on this one as it is a long post ; full of colour, details, love, tears and joy. Zyreeta, Vinoth and both side of the family, thank you for such an amazing experience, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and learnt so much! Looking forward seeing everyone again for pt 2 in october, not long to go now! Special thanks to Jon for capturing the groom preparations on day 3, its always a pleasure mate……
So where do we begin? The Fuji XPro 1 was the camera that started it all for the Fuji X system. Granted the original X100 was the first in line, but it was the XPro 1 that was first to feature the exceptional X-Trans sensor along with the first batch of Fujinon lenses we’ve come to love. It was launched in early 2012 along with a trio of primes and then at a staggering rate Fuji introduced new X series cameras and lenses. Any replacement for the XPro1 will have huge shoes to fill, it’s not all about specs, speed and wifi (although very nice) it’s about how the camera makes you feel. That’s what the Fuji X Series is really about. Until the XPro2 arrived my main body has been the XT1. It was a great camera (and still is). But it wasn’t my favourite. That place was reserved for the XPro1 with all it’s faults, funny noises and quirks. I just enjoyed the form factor and the smug satisfaction that it was a bit niche and not for everyone. What I really wanted was an XT1 inside a XPro body. Thats what Fujifilm have just given us….and a whole lot more…..
I remember coming home most days to see my dad sitting in front of the TV, watching the bold and the beautiful while flipping through the latest issue of the B&H Catalogue. The catalogue was filled with hundreds of cameras, lenses, accessories and basically was designed to slowly convince you that you needed the latest Minolta APO-G Lenses, at least that’s what happened to my dad.I remember picking out my first camera in that catalogue. We then went to visit Photo Continental in Brisbane to sus it out. Then I had to wait most of the year before dad would finally buy it for me for Christmas. This camera was a Minolta Vectis 40. It cost around $600 at the time from memory. These days, they’re going for $23.03 on eBay.Anyway, this started my love affair for new gear. The reason I loved the Vectis 40, was because it had a new system called Advantix, which was the latest, greatest way of shooting film at the time. It gave you lots of different cropping options and made shooting film fun again.These days I’m a total gear hound. I have cupboards filled with random gear. Stuff I use regularly, stuff that’s there for a rainy day and stuff that I just should never have purchased…..
The Fuji X-Pro 2 recently burst onto the scene, hailed by some as a game-changer and as a potentially perfect street and wedding camera.As wedding and street photographers ourselves we have been considering our next move in the camera market for quite some time and, from a pre-release read of the camera’s specs, the Fuji X-Pro2 swiftly grabbed our attention.On the face of it the camera had everything we were looking for, certainly in a street photography camera and perhaps for weddings too. And so, before flying out for our long-arranged street trip to Cuba in March, we scoured the inter-webs and (after much searching amongst some seriously high demand) managed to purchase ourselves two brand new Fuji X-Pro2’s to take with us on our travels…..
Four months on and 12 wedding’s now covered using the Fuji Xpro2, many of my reader’s have read my reviews about my experiences using this mirrorless camera and checked out the images I have posted, well I thought I would provide an update and a few more photos from a recent wedding taken just outside the City of Bath. I’ll do my best to provide as many hands on details as possible however as usual please don’t expect a comprehensive article, this blog will run through the positive and yes some of the more frustrating challenges I have experienced whist using and loving the Xpro2 camera…….
I do not advertise myself as a ‘wedding photographer’. In fact, I only refer to myself as a photographer (& gentleman) because I do not want to constrict what I do. A few months before, I received an unexpected call from one of my oldest friends, Derrick. He was tying the knot and due to unforeseen circumstances he and his fiancée, Christie, were without a photographer only a few months before their wedding. In the past I have turned down weddings. But for this wedding the math was just right……
Well, I’m really loving the Fuji Xpro2, its been several weeks now using this fabulous camera, its another fuji camera in the X range, as many of you may already know I have been a Fuji wedding Photographer for about 3 years now and I’m a reel fan of these mirrorless cameras. This Gallery is a few images that I photographed at a wedding in Bath a couple of weeks ago, as usual, rather than produce a detailed Blog about the settings I use and information with regards to the technical details (Plenty on line if you need to read this) I like to show the images from the camera. We were very lucky with the days weather, the lighting was just wonderful, I was shooting in Full manual as this is how I like to photograph wedding’s, the camera is fast, light and the detail is stunning, hope you enjoy…….
After over 20 years documenting wedding’s its quite natural to understand the process, although you would think that each wedding is the same, believe it or not; I still get butterflies the week before, its a good thing (I keep telling myself) because just as an actor gets nervous before going on stage, it ensures that I never take this responsibility lightly, after all its my clients special day and I have to be, want to be on the ball! If you have read my other blogs with regards to my personal experiences using the Xpro2, you would know that I’m a full time wedding (Professional) photographer, I use the term professional in the correct sense as its my only profession, unfortunately these days the term is used very lightly however I personally feel that photography is an ongoing journey always learning and finding new and interesting ways to capture light……..
One of the most rewarding things about what I do is the fact that I get to become friends with strangers from all over the world. Isabelle, Florent and I met in person for the first time 3 years ago, just one day before their wedding and we’ve remained friends ever since. During that period, we’ve shared some fun moments together including celebrating a friend’s wedding, Bastille Day under the Eiffel Tower one summer evening and helping Florent put their kitchen together. In fact, their home has become my home whenever I am in Paris. And as fate would have it, I happened to be in Paris at the “right time” on various occasions – one during the latter stages of Isabelle’s pregnancy and the other around Yaelle’s first few months. However, doing a maternity and baby shoot was not something we planned in advance, they just happened, right there on the spot ; “my flight is in a few hours, should we grab some frames before I head out?”…….