This review is 3 years in coming, and isn’t really a review but rather a personal history of why the Fujifilm X-Series, specifically the X-Pro1 and X100S, is a perfect fit for me: the cameras I had been waiting for. I am a very technical and precise person, but this is not a technical review. These cameras have been out for years and there are much better reviews, including one by my friend (and Fuji X-Photographer) Vincent Opoku. I wanted to write something initially because using these cameras was revolutionary for me, but I also wanted to let the beer goggles dissipate and write logically and dispassionately about the experience so those considering the system could get a realistic understanding of what to expect without all the usual superlatives that come from excitement, and also to spare readers the agony of run on sentences like the one you are enduring now…….
I’ve had my little Fuji X100 for a few years now. It’s been superseded by the X100S and X100T versions and there are rumours (as always in the camera industry) of another version being launched shortly. As a wedding photographer I have to use equipment that delivers results, every time. My main cameras are full-frame Nikons and they’re brilliant. But there are times when bigger isn’t better. When a small, discreet camera would be more appropriate to the situation. So, the question I hope to answer is – can the original Fuji X100 work as a wedding camera? Let me get one thing straight from the outset. This isn’t going to be technical review. I’m not going to be pixel-peeping and comparing images from the Fuji against the full-frame Nikons…….
It had been a great year for wedding photography and I am lucky to have been part of a few weddings this year and hoping for many more in 2016. So many great couples have really added their personalities to their photos. Lots of new friends and relationships have been made. I made the transition from Canon 5d3 to the X-T1 earlier this year and indeed it was a bit frightening at first. A whole new system! God what was I thinking? It took me a while to get used to it and read a lot of helpful articles on the fuji x series blog HERE. I saw a few people switching over and somehow this made me feel more comfortable. I love the x cameras and also use the X100T for wedding work, but the 35mm 1.4 and 56 1.2 are my go to lenses. The image quality from the Fuji X System is great. I’m not going to lie and say I dont miss anything about the full frame 24mp sensor of the Canon because I do. I miss the detail from the larger sensor for sure. I also shoot architecture and use a 36mp Sony A7R for that. If I could have half way between the A7R and X-T1 for detail I would be more than happy…….
I’m going to keep this review short and to the point. There are many other overly detailed and extensive reviews about the leica Q, but I’ll give you my main points as quickly and concisely as possible. Having been an owner of a leica m9, m240, another m240, noctilux 50 .95, leica 24 1.4, leica 35 1.4, and some other overly expensive leica stuff I feel my opinion is moderately qualified. Don’t buy this camera. Leica has robbed you of the experience of shooting their cameras. It has sold its soul to the devil. Its gone the way of sony and removed the entire appeal of leica cameras (for me)… the satisfaction of working hard for your image and the smile raising sound of a real shutter……
Inspired by films such as Delicatessen and Amelie, Bradley Hanson’s work mimics the visual storytelling of cinematography. We are constantly moved by his inventive and fresh approach, which doesn’t bend to trends or fads. Honestly, it’s the simplicity of his images that differentiates his work the most. Like the image above, which utilizes simple table items in the foreground rather than the couple. The dramatic use of lighting subtly shifts your perspective of the entire dinner scene. With over 600 weddings under his belt, Bradley’s 16 year career in wedding photography is worth sharing and we hope you will enjoy learning more about this talented Minnesota wedding photographer. Enjoy! ……
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2
The first thing that comes to mind is that 16 years ago everyone was shooting film and newspapers were just starting to transition to the original digital cameras. 16 years ago brides were reading their local wedding magazines. Now they are reading online magazines, print magazines, and getting dress/hair/makeup/decoration ideas from Pinterest. They are definitely exposed to significantly more options than ever before. In 1999, very few people were shooting B&W or only shooting a little bit on the side. The photographic style(s) are significantly broader now, too. Around the time I started shooting, the movement was toward photojournalism and a more natural style, whereas before that everything was largely staged. It might be hard for new wedding photographers to imagine that! Once the movement toward documentary weddings was underway, there was no way of putting that cat back in the bag, and I am grateful for that! ……
…in Copenhagen where we both worked in the same restaurant called Geranium” was how they met. Monique and Paul had me as their Paris Engagement Photographer and it was everything and more. I continue to pick up a camera because it enables me to build connections and share stories with people throughout the world. These two are both chefs and Paris is their home for the time being. Where as Paul is a Parisian through and through, Monique is originally from San Francisco. Food plays a big part in their story so we decided to head to a market, pick out some of bits, then find somewhere to sit and tucked in. It was the perfect afternoon in Paris to have an open picnic by The Seine River and trade stories. We discussed the favourite places we have travelled to so far (Paul’s happened to be Chicago – yep – even Monique was surprised) and some of the plans we for the future. After the picnic, we headed back to theirs where they got changed. Without a concrete plan we hit the streets of Paris again ; We roamed about – caught the sunset at the Louvre and carried on walking until we ended up at Arc De Triomphe……
Fujinon XF Lenses
Hi! My name is Mariano Sfiligoy. I’m a father, a husband and a wedding photographer since 2011. I grew up surrounded by film cameras and black and white photos, each telling stories of my family. At home the bath was a darkroom. Since the moment I started photographing, I was always looking for the best cameras and lenses but then, I realised that smaller gear was an important contribution to my photos. Today I travel light which allows me to get close to the action and document weddings as I see them in my mind. For that reason I decided in late 2014 switch from Nikon Df to Fujifilm X-T1…..
“Paris is always a good idea” and so is a Paris Engagement Photography Session. Engagement sessions are optional, do come at an extra cost but they are so worth it! Here is an insight into why I think they are worth the investment ; An engagement session gives us the opportunity to get to know a bit more about each other. We can go to a cafe, grab a meal and talk about everything (life, interests, wedding plans) and create some photographs along the way. Or we can plan a day out, to do an activity that you love and I will tag a camera along to document it. I try to get clients to understand that these sessions are not solely for taking photos but rather an opportunity to build relationships, to see each other as people and not just a business transaction. If we are going to celebrate one of the most important days of your lives together, let’s try and build something before that, let’s get comfortable with each other, let’s develop a level of trust between each other. It is also a good opportunity to gain an insight into how you and your partner interact with each other when there is a camera around. The photos we create are a bonus, they are yours to keep. As for me, it gives me the opportunity to try new things, take more risks and sharpen ideas that I can incorporate into my wedding portraiture skill set. Ultimately these sessions are never about the photos, they are about building connections and having fun…….
How do I put into words all the things that took place during Ashley & Garret’s Destination Wedding in Montego Bay, Jamaica? These guys are from Newfoundland, the most Eastern Province in Canada. Temperatures during the winter months can drop to -25°C. So put them on a Caribbean Island for a week with lots of sunshine, temperatures in the region of +30°C, the Caribbean Sea, some good Rum and in the company of 40 other cool and crazy Canadians and there is bound to be lots of fun. In all honesty, Ashley did warn me in advance “I don’t know if you’ve heard much about Newfoundlanders but there are a famous breed of people here in the western part of the world and I just know that the week is going to be riot!” Ashley and Garret jumping off the cliff together at Rick’s Cafe in Negril the day after their wedding remains one of my favourite moments ever as a wedding photographer. Don’t worry Ash, I won’t tell anyone that you was scared to death about the whole process. The wedding day itself took place on the 10 year anniversary to the day that they went on their first date. How cool is that?! And I swear their two kids Rae and GiGi are the cutest ever! We still keep in touch, the odd text and FaceTime session here and there. We even spent two days doing touristy stuff this summer when they visited London. I guess it is safe to say that I have made some friends for life now, and it all began on the beautiful Island of Jamaica earlier this year……..