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.
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.