Documentary wedding photography with the Fuji XPro1 & 35mm 1.4

Fuji XPro1 & 35mm 1.4

Fuji XPro1 & 35mm 1.4

It's rather late in the day to write a review of this camera, as it's no longer produced and so much has already been written and in far more detail than I'm going to cover here but I thought I would add a few lines of my own and talk a little about why the XPro1 has made such a difference to the way I work, in this instance, as a documentary wedding photographer. It is, perhaps, also a celebration of a system which has changed the way many photographers work.

There are, of course, many cameras on the market, mirrorless or otherwise and with pretty much every configuration you can think of, apart from one that makes you a cup of tea - still waiting for that one! With so many cameras to choose from, it all really comes down to personal choice and what sits well in the hand of the individual.

My choice to switch from DSLRs to Fuji mirrorless, 3 years ago, was not the desire for mirrorless cameras, I hadn't really given them much thought but it was more the need for something smaller, more discrete but at the same time, a camera which was able to give me the quality and some of the functionality I had enjoyed with SLRs and DSLRs and a camera that had a viewfinder! When working, I want to get close to people, without drawing attention to myself, the size of the XPro1, XPro2, X100S & T (which I also use) and their lenses allow me to do this. 

Fuji XPro1 & 35mm 1.4 @ f1.4

Fuji XPro1 & 35mm 1.4 @ f1.4

I have always been a fan of prime lenses and particularly the standard 50mm lens, or in the case of the cropped sensor of the Xpro1 & 2, the 35mm 1.4. It's well built (mine's still in one piece after many knocks) and very fast. Of course it has it's limitations but it's a lens I use a lot. For many years shooting both film and digitally, I have used primes and zoom lenses. Zoom lenses suited the diverse range of work I was covering at the time, mainly for newspapers and magazines, anything from hard news stories to portraiture, fashion and sport. They are very versatile and they certainly have their place but for what I do now, whether shooting weddings, or working on other documentary features, the fuji x-series cameras and prime lenses are near perfect. 

Using a fixed focal length lens, for me, is a different way of working. It makes you move around more when framing and by doing this, you see more. Many years ago, on a photojournalism course, I was given an assignment to photograph a story using only a 50mm lens. Quite a challenge at the time as I was so attached to my 24-70 zoom! A great exercise in framing, worth having ago if you fancy a challenge.

 

Fuji XPro1 35mm 1.4 @ f2

Fuji XPro1 35mm 1.4 @ f2

When I started photographing weddings I was using a couple of zoom lenses and to be honest it was hard to miss a shot, not that I ever wanted to. I certainly missed more pictures when I started using the XPro1! Switching systems has been a learning experience, more of a challenge to use but enjoyable in that respect. I also think, given my work a fresh approach. Over the past few years, working with the x-series cameras, my photography has become more considered, more thoughtful. The fact is, moving back to primes combined with the fuji cameras works for me. It's an on-going process, as all photography should be and using the Fuji system is an exciting one!

Fuji XPro1 & 35mm 1.4 @ f5.6

Fuji XPro1 & 35mm 1.4 @ f2

Fuji XPro1 & 35mm 1.4 @ f2

Fuji XPro1 & 35mm 1.4 @ f1.4

Fuji XPro1 & 35mm 1.4 @ f1.4

Fuji XPro1 & 35mm 1.4 @ f1.6

Fuji XPro1 & 35mm 1.4 @ f1.6

Fuji XPro1 & 35mm 1.4 @ f2

Fuji XPro1 & 35mm 1.4 @ f2

Fuji XPro1 & 35mm 1.4 @ f1.4

Fuji XPro1 & 35mm 1.4 @ f1.4

Fuji XPro1 & 35mm 1.4 @ f1.4

Fuji XPro1 & 35mm 1.4 @ f1.4

Fuji XPro1 & 35mm 1.4 @ f2.8

Fuji XPro1 & 35mm 1.4 @ f2.8

Fuji XPro1 & 35mm 1.4 @ f2

Fuji XPro1 & 35mm 1.4 @ f2

Fuji XPro1 & 35mm 1.4 @ f1.4

Fuji XPro1 & 35mm 1.4 @ f1.4

Fuji XPro1 & 35mm 1.4 @ f16

Fuji XPro1 & 35mm 1.4 @ f16

Fuji XPro1 & 35mm 1.4 @ f2

Fuji XPro1 & 35mm 1.4 @ f2

Fuji XPro1 & 35mm 1.4 @ f8

Fuji XPro1 & 35mm 1.4 @ f8

James Corbett

Documentary and fine art wedding photography by Northamptonshire based photographer JamesCorbett.