I've been photographing weddings for almost 4 years with Fuji equipment and its' been a fantastic journey.
I was photographing with Nikon for a couple years and I learned a lot. I learned about the exposure triangle, depth of field and a lot more. I learned a lot from other photographers who used Nikon and Canon and we all had those debates on which was better.
THEN FUJI ARRIVED
I wasn't one of the first adopters of Fuji, but I became aware of them once the Xpro1 and X-E1 arrived. They were these small cameras that looked like film cameras and just looked neat. They were being revolutionary in designing something old, but something new. The x100 series and the xpro series were very unique with the optical viewfinder and electronic viewfinder. And off they went!
I tried the x-e1 and it was something awesome in size, in being different, and how it functioned, but the autofocus and viewfinder were sluggish. It was a lot to get used to for sure. So I quickly returned it and replaced it with the X-E2. I spent many hours with the X-E2 taking photos all over the place. At that time I was still doing weddings with Nikon, but Fuji had me very curious.
THE XT-1 CHANGES THE GAME
As soon as the X-T1 came out and I did my research I knew it was going to a game changer. They talked about a huge viewfinder, very fast autofocus and ergonomically awesome. Once I tried it out I knew this was a fantastic piece of gear. I sold all my Nikon gear and went head first into the Fuji ecosystem. I read a lot about the benefits and looked at a lot of portfolios. I learned about Fuji photographers all over the world. It felt like a community, everyone was excited to take photos and to try something new.
THE GLASS, WOW
The second reason that I felt so confident with my change over to Fuji was the glass; lenses. No point in changing gear if the lenses are not up to par. I always sought after great quality gear to produce the best photos I can for myself and my clients.
23mm and 56mm (35mm and 85mm)
For weddings I use two lenses primarily as I can shoot the full wedding with them. The 23mm 1.4 lens is fantastic as well as the 56mm 1.2. They are stunning lenses. And from my point of view they are better than their counterpart from Nikon.
THE X100F (NEW)
My newest camera is the x100F. For now its going to be my everyday camera for all purposes and to improve on my street photography. Eventually I'd like to use it for weddings due to its small size, silent shutter and great photo quality. I've used one of their earlier models, but none were at the level I'd hoped for. This one is just great. It'll be the backup to both of my X-T1 and it will stay in my camera bag for the long haul.
I've read a lot about the X-T2 and it sounds fantastic. They made everything faster, easier to handle, and improved the sensor/image quality. From everything I'm reading it is a step up from the X-T1. Will I upgrade to it? Most likely, but not yet. My gear still works really well and with all the recent firmware updates it has improved a ton from when I first bought them. Perhaps in 2019 I will update to a couple X-T2 cameras or whatever comes next. Fuji continues to come out with great cameras and even lenses.
I use the Fuji batteries and a few other batteries as well, but so happy to say that all three of my cameras share the same battery type. Thanks Fuji!! Used to be a pain when they had different sizes.
Thanks for reading about what I use for wedding photography. Its going to be a great 2018 wedding season!!
Excited to have this camera join my kit.
Fujifilm all the way!!!
Feel free to comment if you use any of this gear or if you have any questions about them.
Today I headed to Best Buy in Framingham to pick up the Fuji 23mm F2 WR. This lens came out last year and it got great reviews.
I use another 23mm from Fuji, the 1.4 version for weddings and other things, but this new version intrigued me. It's not as large, is weather sealed, and costs a lot less. Also, from my readings I found that its supposed to be much faster to autofocus.
So, I headed there with my fiance, and then we headed into downtown Framingham to take some pics.
Its the middle of January so the streets aren't too busy with people, but I was able to snap off a few pics before heading back home. I'll try post a more thorough review in a few weeks when I have some more experience with the lens in a variety of settings.
Please check out some pics. All were taken at F8 on my Fuji X-T1. Do you use this lens?
I enjoyed using the lens today and it is definitely smaller. Even the hood is tiny. There is a new 35mm f2 lens as well that's on my radar, but that's another story.
I'll be using this lens going forward for all my outings as its small, has a silent auto focus and is definitely sharp. Pumped for some more adventures with the lens.
Happy New Year everyone from Tomas Haran Photography.
2018 is going to be a great year. I'm already looking at getting a new camera or lens. I'm still trying to decide. I love my gear, but sometimes you need to add something to your kit. I'm looking to do more events and photography sessions. I did some headshots near the end of the year and I'm anxious to do more of them.
I worked again with some of my clients this past year and I'd like to continue working with them.
I've also decided to do more photography for me. I want to explore more, photograph more and really explore the world around me. Perhaps I can get my fiancé to come along with me on these journeys. So excited to make her my wife in the late fall this year!!
So, you can see I'm very hopeful and excited for this year.
Time to take some more pics!! Enjoy your new year!!
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