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!
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.
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…
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!
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.
I love this shot, there is a real moment in there, an ethereal quality. Father gazing at daughter on the verge of giving her away, her blurred motion away from him, the transition of becoming a woman in her father eyes…..
Or it could just be a great picture of my Dad and my Sister?
My sister got married last weekend, it was an amazing day! Of-course I offered to photograph it! I am just editing the photos now and came across this shot and had to blog it! Not only does my sister look stunning as the Bride but my father scrubs up alright too in that suit! I hope you like it.
Keep an eye out in the next few days as I will be doing a full review of the Fuji X-Pro1 in the field at a wedding, my opinion it might not be what you expect! I also used the fujinon 35mm lens and the EF-X20 flash and will be sharing my thoughts about them too!
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