I just realized that I've been photographing weddings for over a year now with only my Fuji setup. When I first made the transition I was a little nervous on how quickly I'd learn to use them, would they compare, and how they would perform with my style of photography. Now, I've already written several blog posts on why I made the switch and tons of reasons to convince myself I had made the right decision, but now I can actually step away a little and really see how I feel about the whole thing.
With my other camera setup I had 2 cameras, 7 lenses (although I only used 4 during most weddings) and a couple flash guns. I thought having a huge lens made you seem important or more skilled in a way. Of course, that is all false and gear is only gear. The end result that you present to the client is the most important thing. Can you consistently produce good work that you're happy with and the client loves! New gear and expensive gear is always enticing. Will this make me better? Will my photos look better? Will this new gear make me more creative? Perhaps the answer is yes to all of these, but only during that honeymoon phase. After that you go back to your old ways and it becomes gear again and not this mythical object that will change your life (as well as your pocket).
But, I went off on a tangent there.....
This past year I tried several different Fuji cameras and I used a variety of lenses, but now that 2015 is over I am down to a core kit. I'm using 2 Fuji X-T1's which I love, yes I know a new model just came out, but I'm so in tune with these cameras. I learned a lot with them and know them super well and how they will behave in different lighting, movement and on the big screen later. I've also gone down to using only 2 lenses. Mostly this was due to convenience, speed and optical quality. The 23mm 1.4 and the 56mm 1.2 lenses are just stunning! Hard to compare cost vs results between this and what I was using before. These two focal lengths get me in close when further away when I need to, and did I mention how sharp they are? I'm super pleased with Fuji continuing to roll out firmware updates to improve the gear along the way.
This past year I've gone more the traditional photojournalist style with a little less posing and more observing and documenting. The gear that I use helps me do that very well. Without all the gear and lights etc I appear more like a wedding guest than a wedding photographer. I can blend in a little more and be unobtrusive. My gear is smaller and silent as well, so it allows me to get up close and personal if need be and quickly get out of the way.
Everyone has their own style, and I have found mine.
Less is more.
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