Wedded to the X-Pro2

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56mm – f/1.2 – 1/550

In order for me to properly shoot a wedding, I need a camera that is capable of these three things (in no particular order). First, it has to be a pleasure to shoot with. If you don’t relish the feeling of the camera in your hands and savor the shooting experience, how are you expected to pay the bills with it? Second, it must have exceptional image quality. It doesn’t matter how many flashy features a camera has if fundamentally the final photograph you’re left with isn’t any good. And third, it has to be a camera that accepts excellent caliber lenses. As I am sure most of you know – glass is key. I am happy to say that after two months of owning the Fujifilm X-Pro 2, all of those boxes have been checked.

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Rethinking Micro Four Thirds

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In the photographic world, bigger is generally accepted as better.  That’s regarding the sensor, of course.  Larger formats, such as the forthcoming Fujifilm medium format camera system, will yield better results than the 35mm full frame sensor which beats out an APS-C cropped sensor which exceeds a micro four thirds one which is better than a compact camera sensor which…

Sure.  Most imaging tests will bear this out.  Bigger sensors allow for better light gathering ability and, simply put, that translates.  If you make your money on producing big prints and someone can clearly recognize these advantages, you’d be a fool to not shoot with the largest sized sensor either you can afford or carry (bigger sensor generally means bigger and heavier bodies and lenses and that can be an important practical consideration).

But then there are the smaller sensor apologists who shoot with, let’s say micro four thirds bodies, and who contend that you can get professional results just the same with those systems.  Good technique, better than average lenses and sound processing technique can go a long way to closing the gap with bigger sensors.  Oh, and the sensor keep improving all the time, blah blah blah.  It’s worth pointing out that a goodly number of those apologists are sponsored by the camera companies and so you’d be wise to take what they say with a grain of salt.

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