April 19, 2016

Aoife and Patrick at The G Hotel

I’m delighted to share with you this wedding of Aoife and Patrick at The G Hotel in Galway. I’d never been to The G and I’m sure that anyone who has been there can agree with me that it’s all a little bit of a shock to the senses when you walk inside. No two rooms are the same, every wall seems to be either a different colour or texture. It’s a very fun place and for a photographer, quite the playground.
I was blessed with Aoife and Patrick because they wanted to keep things nice and simple. So simple in fact that Aoife didn’t care about getting a shot of the dress on a hanger or shoes sitting on a box. She wasn’t worried or concerned with getting shots of the girls helping her into her dress. No, all Aoife and Patrick wanted from their photography was that it was natural, and of the moment – with a few creative shots added to the mix later when we had some time to play with. Music to my ears.
There was a little bit of added fun to the day with the fact that this was my first wedding I shot with the Fuji X-Pro 2. I’ll leave a bit of space at the bottom of the blog to tell those interested about my experiences if you’re interested.
For now though, I hope you enjoy this wedding and thanks so much to Aoife and Patrick for allowing me to share this.

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Thanks for getting this far. I hope you enjoyed that.
So – this is just a little bit of info for you folks who are interested in the fact that I shot this wedding on an X-Pro2.
This isn’t a review – because honestly I wouldn’t know where to start and to be honest there are a a couple of really awesome in-depth reviews out there already. If you are looking for those check these two in particular.
Kevin Mullins – X-Pro2 Review – Initial Thoughts
Jonas Rask – X-Pro2 Review

I’ll get the technical stuff out of the way. I had one body and two lenses. The lenses I used were the 23mm f1.4 and the 35mm f2. The majority was shot on the 23mm as on this camera that is my preferred field of view. I still had my D750 and various Nikon lenses as my backup.
The beauty of the Xpro2 and I guess other cameras that have an EVF is the ability to be able to pretty much nail your exposure every shot which requires much less work in post. To this end I was able to shoot everything in JPEG as the files don’t need as much work in the edit. The colour shots were all shot using the standard film simulation and the black and whites were shot using the new Acros (with R) simulation. It’s easy to switch between the film simulations using the 4 way buttons at the back of the camera. Any additional black and white shots that I converted in post were edited using Totally Rad’s Replichrome III pack.
I tend to shoot pretty much everything in aperture mode. So I set the ISO and Shutter speed to Auto. Let the camera do the work. The only time I’ll shoot full manual is when using flash for the dance. In the ISO part of the menu I set the max ISO to 12800.

So with all the technical stuff out of the way – how did the camera actually preform? Well the short answer is, brilliantly. So much so, that boxed up all of my other Nikon equipment and traded it in for another X-Pro2 and two more lenses. I’ve been kind of known to jump head first into things but for me carrying around two different bodies, two different sets of lenses etc just goes against the primary advantage of using these cameras which for me is – carrying less bulky equipment.
In the past I’ve owned the Fuji X-T1 and the X100T so I know how these cameras perform from an image quality point of view, but what I was really hoping for from the X-Pro2 was a camera that had good autofocus, especially in low light and a low level of noise (again in low light) and I’m happy to say that the X-Pro2 has both of these. To be honest there was a couple of times during the wedding above that the camera blew me away. One standout in particular was when the bride went through the glass door. That was a real last second decision as I was expecting her to go through a revolving door that I was already in and prepared for. So when she changed her path I had to shoot through three very reflective pieces of glass and the camera nailed the focus. That could have so easily have been a missed shot. Following on from that, the continuous AF works a treat. I used it when Aoife and Patrick came down the aisle and I actually I don’t think I had any missed shots at all.
The burst mode of 8 fps is incredibly quick and I’ve never once reached the max buffer of the camera which I actually used to hit quite frequently with the D750.
From a usability point of view the camera is just a joy to shoot with. It’s compact yet feels solid in your hands. The controls on the back are great. It’s so easy to switch between the various (crazy amount) of focus points with the new joystick and also the 4 way cursor is great for switching between all manner of options.
Being a former owner of the X-T1 there are two things that I do miss that I wish had been implemented. The tilt screen and the massive viewfinder. I think the majority of photographers probably thought that the tilt screen would be a gimmick until they ever used one. It’s just so incredibly handy. I know it’s not for everyone but those who love a tilt screen will definitely miss it when they no longer have access to it. And the viewfinder – the X-T1 has the most incredible viewfinder that made what you were looking at larger than life. The X-Pro2 on the other hand is entirely different and much smaller. In fact even the fonts and graphics on the display are tiny. Hopefully there will be an option to increase those fonts etc at some point.
Really though it’s hard for me too find fault with the camera so far. Since this wedding I’ve shot three more with the Fuji with no complaints. It’s doing what I expect of it and I’ve even had a few people ask if I’m a guest as it’s definitely doesn’t have the look that most folk would associate with a professional wedding photographer.

Things I love about the X-Pro2

  • Super fast AF
  • The burst mode of 8fps
  • The EVF. Zero lag that I can see.
  • The new AF joystick.
  • Image quality is superb.
  • Very low noise, and if there is noise it’s not horrible.
  • Light to carry
  • A very quiet mechanical shutter.
  • 1/800th sec shutter (to be freed of the d750’s 1/4000th sec)

Things that could be better about the X-Pro2

  • The viewfinder. It’s a bit small to look through. Why could they not have matched the X-T1?
  • The lack of tilt screen. That option is no longer a gimmick.
  • Battery life. Not as bad as I thought it would be, but just make sure to have spares.

I’ll not bore you any longer as I honestly could talk and rave about this camera all day but if you have questions feel free to pop them in below and I’ll happily answer anything at all.
Thanks
Dave

46 Comments

Rob

Stop making me want to buy news cameras Dave!!! Great work man.

14:55 April 19, 2016
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    Dave

    You don't need it. You're good enough Rob.

    15:45 April 19, 2016
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Berit

LOVE the images!!!

15:08 April 19, 2016
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    Dave

    Thanks so much Berit :)

    15:45 April 19, 2016
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Rory

Nice review Dave, and great photos. I've just bought a nearly new xt1. If I like it I'll sell off most of my Nikon gear for an xt2 when it comes out. I didn't go for the x-pro as I don't like the left position of the view finder (having tried the same in the x100). I'm assuming the xt2 will have the same specs at the x-pro2, so hopefully I'll like the xt1 :)

15:15 April 19, 2016
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    Dave

    You are going to love the X-T1 Rory. When I had that camera I totally loved it. I still miss it bizarrely. That viewfinder!

    15:45 April 19, 2016
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      rory

      I got a bad dose of tennis elbow last year from the d3s and 24-70. Weighed a bleedin tonne! That was the main reason I started thinking about smaller cameras. And the xt1 is beautiful, reminds me of my old pentax me super and nikon em, but more beautiful. Apparently they work well with old glass on an adapter too :)

      16:45 April 19, 2016
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Amy French

Great shots, Dave! The camera certainly didn;t let you down! I'm considering the switch but am yet to shoot a wedding with the X- Pro2. Working up to it though! Just wondering what flashes you are using with the camera and are you triggering off-camera flashes for the dancing too?

15:22 April 19, 2016
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    Dave

    Thanks so much Amy. I'm using Yungnuo flashes and YongNuo YN-622N triggers. They work well. The only problem I've had is not sometimes the trigger wasn't seated on the camera perfectly and it took me ages to figure out why the flashes wouldn't fire. All good now though. My advice is to take the X-Pro2 to a wedding and use it on the side. It might give you enough confidence to know if it's for you or not. Either way you'll love shooting with it I'm sure.

    15:44 April 19, 2016
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      Amy

      That's what I will do for sure. Have shot an engagement shoot with it and I loved it. More inspiring to use than an SLR and easier I think to be creative with the settings. For example, slower ahutter speeds for motion blur while not holding a massively heavy camera. Best of luck with it and I look forward to seeing more of your weddings shot with it!

      15:49 April 19, 2016
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        Dave

        For sure Amy. And as for those lower shutter speeds, I had an opportunity to test of of the amazing IS lenses recently and I was blown away! I could almost get away with 1/4th hand held and still tack sharp! Nuts.

        15:53 April 19, 2016
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11:49 April 20, 2016
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Maurice

That shot in of the bride looking in the handheld mirror is an absolute beaut Dave. Also the vale and the red carpet...class

12:27 April 20, 2016
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Jon

when you used burst mode as the couple came down the aisle, what were your camera settings? do you change settings in those situations, or use them all the time?

16:02 April 20, 2016
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    Dave

    Hi Jon, I set the drive mode to 8fps and the focus switch at the front of the camera to Continuous - Then all I can try and do is keep my focus point on the bride or grooms face as much as I can. At the minute I'm playing quite a bit with back button focus as that's what I used with my D750 but it works slightly different on the Fuji so it takes a little bit of getting used to.

    10:31 April 21, 2016
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19:17 April 20, 2016
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[…] I’m delighted to share with you this wedding of Aoife and Patrick at The G Hotel in Galway. I’d never been to The G and I’m sure that anyone who has been there can agree with me that it’s all a little bit of a shock to the senses when you walk inside. No two rooms are the same, every wall seems to be either a different colour or texture. It’s a very fun place and for a photographer, quite the playground. I was blessed with Aoife and Patrick because they wanted to keep things nice and simple. So simple in fact that Aoife didn’t care about getting a shot of the dress on a hanger or shoes sitting on a box. She wasn’t worried or concerned with getting shots of the girls helping her into her dress. No, all Aoife and Patrick wanted from their photography was that it was natural, and of the moment – with a few creative shots added to the mix later when we had some time to play with. Music to my ears. There was a little bit of added fun to the day with the fact that this was my first wedding I shot with the Fuji X-Pro 2. I’ll leave a bit of space at the bottom of the blog to tell those interested about my experiences if you’re interested.  […]

08:42 April 21, 2016
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Jon

beautiful results! did you use a grain setting for the acros? highlight and shadow settings? single point focus with the continuous?

13:57 April 21, 2016
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    Dave

    Hi Jon, thanks a lot. I didn't set the grain as I thought I'd add it in post where necessary. I like my black and whites much grainier than my colour images so I have specific setting in Lightroom for that. Oh and yeah - single focus point for continuous. I'm editing my next X-Pro2 wedding which I shot in RAW so hopefully that will be on the blog before too long.

    17:04 April 22, 2016
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Paul

Love it dave super wedding and great to see the xpro is doing the job so well!

18:58 April 21, 2016
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10:30 April 23, 2016
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Danny

Superb images David. May I ask, picture 096, is it shot with the 23 1,4 ? Thank You.

21:44 April 23, 2016
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    Dave

    Hi Danny, I can't seem to figure out what image 096 is. I shot the wedding with just two lenses - The 23 1.4 and the and the 35 2.0. Can you describe the image and I can tell you more about it? Thanks Dave

    17:02 April 24, 2016
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Mike Croshaw

Really inspiring David, beautiful imagery. Are you keeping the D750?

07:59 April 25, 2016
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    Dave

  1. Hi Mike, Thanks for stopping by. After shooting this wedding I traded in my other D750 and lenses to get another xpro2 and two more lenses. Couldn't be happier!

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    Dave

    Hi Mike, Thanks so much - I appreciate that. No I traded in the other D750 and whatever Nikon lenses I had and got another X-Pro2 and two more lenses :) To complete the line up I have the 14mm 2.8, the 23mm 1.4, the 35 2.0 and the 56 1.2. I think that'll do me for quite some time! Thanks again Dave

    21:05 April 25, 2016
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Marcin Kruk

Great work!

09:16 April 27, 2016
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    Dave

    Thanks so much Marcin.

    20:54 July 19, 2016
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Shane Turner

Great review David & work, already have the XT1 & loving it, holding out on the xpro2, looking forward to adding the XT2 to my wedding work kit.

19:15 July 17, 2016
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    Dave

    Hi Shane, thanks for the comment. The XT2 looks like it's going to be one incredible camera so I'm sure you'll love, especially coming from the XT1. Would love to know how you get on.

    20:55 July 19, 2016
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Nicholas English

Great photos, really strong set!

13:27 September 12, 2016
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Matt Gutteridge

Hi David. Do you edit your jpegs at all or are they pretty much ooc?

10:13 September 30, 2016
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    Dave

    Hi Matt, This was actually the only wedding I shot using JPEG. Every other wedding since I shot in RAW. And to answer your question regarding the edit process, yes i still gave them slight edits. Really just involving adjustments to the exposure, contrast, grain, tone curve and WB. The colours though that come out of those in camera JPEGs though are gorgeous so really there isn't a massive amount of work that needs to be done. The reason for going back to RAW after this was that there was some images that I'd love to have had in colour but due to the limits on how far I could push the WB I have to settle on black and whites. No biggie really but enough to make me switch back in the end.

    13:42 September 30, 2016
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Kris Pounds

Really nice work. I shoot an xt1/xt2 combo and have just gotten serious about weddings. What lenses do you prefer for your style of photography? I currently shoot with 16, 35 and 56 and have enjoyed it for the most part. I would like to pick up the 23 soon. I’m a huge fan of the 16, but sometimes its a bit too wide if the venue atmosphere is unattractive.

17:15 October 12, 2016
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    Dave

    Hi Kris, Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to write and leave a message. I appreciate your kind words. Regarding lenses my fav has always been the 23 1.4 - I'm really interested to see how the 23 f2 performs though as I'd love a smaller and quieter lens that the 1.4 Other lenses that I have are the 14 2.8 (Primarily used for dancing), the 35 f2 (my other fav) and the 56 1.2 (Great but limited use for me). I hear great things about the 16 but as you say, for me too it would have quite limited use. Great for street photography but I'd rather something closer to the 35mm eqv on my camera. I visited your site and your work is great. Keep it up and wishing you the best with your wedding photography ventures.

    18:00 October 12, 2016
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Shane

Hey David, I have the xt2 love it but a quick question regarding the xpro2 which I also love, I have noticed on the xpro 2 that when the camera is in continuous focus mode and when the ISO is set to auto, the screen etc only displays the the max ISO you have it set to and doesn't display the ISO when the shutters half pressed, it seems to work fine in single mode and also when the cameras in manual focus mode, the strange thing is in continuous mode af-l & ae-l work fine too, have you experienced this David seems only the xpro2 and to the xt2

17:58 October 27, 2016
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    Dave

    Hi Shane, Yeah you're right about that. Actually it's very weird indeed. On the XT2, when in Auto ISO, the screen will show the ISO it will use when you half press the any of the AF options. However, once you half press it will lock that ISO in place. Even if you then recompose on a brighter or darker scene.. Very odd. On the XPro2 though The only mode that ISO suggestion appears though is on the Single shot mode. Neither cameras will suggest the ISO in back button mode. Maybe it's because I have my AE-L button set to AF-On. When I set it to AF lock only it will suggest the ISO and change when in AFC mode. It's all a bit complex and difficult to explain here so a bit of trail and error may be required to set it to your liking. I have no idea if that helped at all? Dave

    18:21 October 27, 2016
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Shane

Hi Dave, Thanks so much for that information I appreciate it :-) I couldn't find anything online, I didn't know if it was an issue with my particular camera but yeah it's a strange one alright but not a critical issue, kinda strange it wasn't rectified with the update. Shane

18:58 October 27, 2016
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Johan

Great photos Dave and awesome post! One question - I got the X-T2 and I love it. But I feel like the photos got a lot of ugly grain in low light and the colors are not that good. Maybe it's just me doing something wrong? I'm coming from Nikon D750 where I could shoot beautiful color images at ISO 8000. Best regards, Johan www.jblomquistphotography.com

01:52 November 3, 2016
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    Dave

    Hi Johan, Thanks for the comment and taking the time to have a look at the post. I would say that for sure when you're hitting the high ISO's like 8000 the Xpro2 and XT2 will struggle a bit - especially if the light in the original scene isn't great. I tend to make quite a few of my shots when shooting in those conditions b&w for exactly the reasons you mention. If you're shooting in JPG with the XT2 - try RAW. Also turn off any Noise Reduction (set it to the lowest possible setting). The grain from the Fuji's is usually quite nice and very uniform but of course what might seem pleasing to one person may not be so to another so that may be a matter of taste. The wedding above was shot in JPG but every wedding on my site since has been shot in RAW so feel free to take a look at the later posts and see if you are setting the same issues as you're experiencing. Thanks again for commenting - By the way myself and a friend have our own little podcast. We talk quite a bit about the Fuji's the D750 and the Mark 4. So if you're interested in that sort of thing then you might want to give us a listen. http://rawpodcast.com Cheers Johan, Dave

    11:04 November 3, 2016
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Klacius Ank

Hi Dave congratulations from Brazil! Love your shoots and tottaly documentary style! I just bught a X E2s and test it in one weeding. I have a question, if you could help me. In very low lights of dance shoots, whwre it looks like there is no light at all, did the you use the camera AF assist light? I konw that Fuji X don't turn on the AF lights of the flashs units. With E2s i try the AF assist light but fell this is very poor help depending on the distance and the moving subject. But I gess all this aspects will bee much more fast and acurate with the XPro2 wich Iintent to buy. Thnaks!

10:37 November 11, 2016
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    Dave

    Hi Klacius, Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to leave a comment. Congrats on your X E2 purchase. I'm sure you'll love it. To answer your question as to how I go about shooting the dances - what I tend to do is use manual focus and set the distance meter to roughly 2-3 feet away. With an aperture of f8 or more that will usually get what i need to be in focus. Maybe give that a try? I'd have a hard job trying to use the autofocus with so many moving subjects in such low light. I used to shoot exactly the same way even when when I was using D750's and Canon MK3's. Hopefully that helps!

    16:38 December 5, 2016
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Patrick

That's a great collection of photos... I've been really tempted to go Fuji for a while now - I'm very much a part-time wedding photographer and find my D750 is left at home in favour of my X100t for 99% of personal photography... some serious soul (and down the back of the sofa) searching to do... but this post might just push me over the edge!!

13:25 November 21, 2016
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    Dave

    Hi Patrick - thanks for your comment man. Take the leap! You'll not regret it. Actually - don't quote me on that because I know a few folk who have taken the leap and had to leap back as it just wasn't for them. Mind you, as you already have the X100T I think you know what you'd be letting yourself in for - a world of inconspicuous candid photography and no back pain :)

    16:41 December 5, 2016
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Dave

Superb photos David. Have you found any problem with focusing, getting images sharp with the 35 f/2? I have been getting a high rate of soft images. Thanks

14:27 December 5, 2016
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    Dave

    Hi Dave, Thanks for the compliment. I appreciate that. I haven't had any trouble at all with the 35f2. I love that lens. I used to get some soft images with my 23 1.4 but nothing with the 35f2. Might be worth trying out a replacement to see if it's a bad copy? Good luck with it!

    16:43 December 5, 2016
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