The Fuji X-Pro1 Photographs a Wedding (on its own): Day 183

Should have got this post up sooner, but better late than never.

Yup that’s right, I did a whole wedding with just the Fuji X-Pro1, start to drunken finish. Yes it was my sisters wedding so I didn’t have as many pressures, but she didn’t book a photographer and left it all to me (almost all of it)! The good thing is, she is really happy with her photos! (not just because she is my sister apparently).  I shall start with what is my probably my favorite photo from the day!

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The beauty of the X-Pro1 is its small and light. So small and light that for this I didn’t even have it in a bag, I just had it on a strap around my neck. So what did I have in my kit that day you may ask? Well it consisted of: Fuji X-Pro1, fujinon 18mm, fujinon 35mm, Fuji EF-X20 Flash. That was all… The lens that was off the camera just about squeezed into my suit pocket, so portable its amazing…

I did however have issues, the EF-X20 flash frustrated the hell out of me once the daylight faded away! It was so slow to recycle I missed quite a few shots that would have been no problem had I been carrying a DSLR. Also the flash powered off when the camera went to sleep and you had to turn it on again manually, this slowed everything down greatly. When it did flash however it gave a really nice light, great shadows on the jaw line etc… Just painfully slow to fire, it made me want to scream… It was quite a big problem come the shape throwing. Another issue that made itself clear at this early stage in the day was the slow focus in the lo-light, I missed a fair few ‘moments’ due to the camera trying to auto focus, frustrating to say the least. (I have included a shot in the first bunch that shows how it focused on other things apart from what you wanted it too)

The bride was getting ready in the St Pancreas Hotel, a lovely room but only one small window as it was at the back of the building, so the light wasn’t abundant! No problem for the X-Pro1 though, with its high ISO range it can nail those shots in low light fine with out losing any noticeable quality, combine that with the 35mm Fujinon at f1.4 and your on to a winner being able to throw your backgrounds out beautifully. So although I only had one small window as a light source it wasn’t an issue with the capability of this camera.

A great thing whilst doing these small intimate portraits was the size of the Fuji, its small size was perfect, really unobtrusive and didn’t intimidate anyone the way a Canon 1DS with a big lens on might. I felt I could float around the room and be fairly anonymous even though there was only a few of us in there. Lets have a look at a few getting ready shots.

1/80 sec;   f/1.4;   ISO 500

1/80 sec; f/1.4; ISO 500

1/64 sec;   f/2.0;   ISO 250

1/64 sec; f/2.0; ISO 250

1/500 sec;   f/1.4;   ISO 640

1/500 sec; f/1.4; ISO 640

1/250 sec;   f/2.8;   ISO 640

1/250 sec; f/2.8; ISO 640

1/64 sec;   f/1.4;   ISO 400

1/64 sec; f/1.4; ISO 400

1/64 sec;   f/1.4;   ISO 400

1/64 sec; f/1.4; ISO 400

1/125 sec;   f/1.4;   ISO 400

1/125 sec; f/1.4; ISO 400

1/500 sec;   f/1.4;   ISO 640

1/500 sec; f/1.4; ISO 640

1/64 sec;   f/2.8;   ISO 1000

1/64 sec; f/2.8; ISO 1000

1/64 sec;   f/2.8;   ISO 1000

1/64 sec; f/2.8; ISO 1000

1/64 sec;   f/2.8;   ISO 1000

1/64 sec; f/2.8; ISO 1000

It was the next part of the day that had the X-Pro1 struggling a bit. The journey from St. Pancreas to the Camden Council Chambers, a short walk across the road. I was constantly waiting for it to find focus wishing I had brought along my DSLR. Considering the pace we walked there I think I got some pretty decent shots that captured the mood…

1/64 sec;   f/4.0;   ISO 1600

1/64 sec; f/4.0; ISO 1600

1/64 sec;   f/2.0;   ISO 1250

1/64 sec; f/2.0; ISO 1250

1/500 sec;   f/2.0;   ISO 800

1/500 sec; f/2.0; ISO 800

1/500 sec;   f/5.6;   ISO 800

1/500 sec; f/5.6; ISO 800

1/500 sec;   f/5.6;   ISO 800

1/500 sec; f/5.6; ISO 800

1/500 sec;   f/5.6;   ISO 800

1/500 sec; f/5.6; ISO 800

1/500 sec;   f/5.6;   ISO 800

1/500 sec; f/5.6; ISO 800

1/500 sec;   f/5.6;   ISO 800

1/500 sec; f/5.6; ISO 800

The ceremony pictures were all taken from my seat as the famed music photographer Pat Pope took over from there , I just continued to drink and capture what was around me as the day progressed into the party!

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So in conclusion…. The Fuji X-Pro1 is an amazing camera… When I next do a wedding it will be in my hand for a very large portion of the day, such a great tool for this kind of job. Its size really helps you be less intrusive and capture some subtle moments. I would always have my DSLR over my shoulder too as there are times you really need one. But this is a real James Bond Walther PPK  of a camera, I love it.

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9 responses to “The Fuji X-Pro1 Photographs a Wedding (on its own): Day 183”

  1. fauland photography says :

    I like your report so much. Actually I am shooting a wedding tomorrow and I only have a X100s and X-E1 with me. For exactly the reasons you quoted ….. Thanks for sharing !

    • kisskissclick says :

      Glad you like it, thanks for taking time to comment! These cameras make so much sense!

      • fauland photography says :

        Oh yes ! I had a X100s, a X-E1 (18-55 & 60mm) and a X20 as backup with me. Actually the delay between shots in the EVF of the X-E1 slowed me very much down. I took around 80% of all shots with the X100s . My preferred choice …

    • John Evans says :

      Do you have samples? I’m debating between an OMD EM5 right now and the XE1. Something about the XE1 pulls me in. The OMD at least mine is horrible above ISO1600.

  2. Ken says :

    Wonderful series by someone who knows how to shoot his stuff. Congrats !

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