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Canon Vs Fuji… The Torment Continues

I was a very early adopter of the Fuji X Pro 1 when it launched.

In fact, I had spent about a month trying to contact Contax to humbly try and persuade them that what they needed was their beloved Contax G2 camera system, but in digital.  I could see the absolute benefits to wedding photographers that such a perfect camera would bring.

They never replied or responded to my emails… It took about a month before I realised that they had gone bust.

I love my Fuji X Pro 1, although I had a love/hate/love/detest/love relationship with it.  It was so bad at so many things, but it was excellent at one, image capture.  The images this little range finder produced were stunning.  I fell back in love with photography because of this camera.  The camera also felt so perfect in your hand, and apart from any thing else, it was a pretty looking camera.

And with the introduction of the Fuji Xt1… I almost fell into the Fuji Triangle, and sold all my Canon gear and just started ‘buying trendy leather straps from the States for my Fuji gear’.  But, I didn’t and here is why.

I saw many photographers make the switch, quite publicly, and pronounce the death of all things CanIkon.  The future was mirrorless (I think this is true) and the future was Fuji (I still think this could be true).  What you didn’t see though is the photographers that, less publicly, returned back to DSLRs.  I know of three, and for many different reasons.

All cameras will take an amazing image, if used correctly.  All of a sudden, photographers had the benefit of a WYSIWYG viewfinder, in the form of EVFs, meaning that they would home their image before the shutter was pressed = AWESOME (everything was awesome) images from a Fuji.

Now, PLEASE don’t get me wrong.  I am a HUGE fan of Fuji, and I’ll probably get my Xpro 2 (because my accountant would flip if I went for Fuji’s medium format camera).  And the X Pro2 would absolutely have it’s place in my kit bag, especially for trips, especially for documenting certain weddings.

But as a wedding photographer first and foremost, and one that complains about carrying about 8KG of gear, I am happy to stick with Canon (for now).

Here’s a typical week for me, based on a week at the end of Feb 2017.

Monday: Headhsot shoot

Tuesday: tech/scientific shoot for a R&D company, photographing reactors

Wednesday: Off to the blowing gales of Holkham for an engagement shoot.

Friday: Wedding

Saturday: Wedding

Sunday:  Find my photography gear and consume a few gin and tonics.

And quite simply, I need to count on my 5d MK III’s.  I need to count on my L series glass, my Canon Flash guns.  and I need to be sure that the system will work, the moment I slide the cases out of the car.

True, when you become an ‘X Shooter’, you may shoot in a different way (sipping your decaf, mocha soya frappe, with Vespa grated on the top, through your perfect beard – I’m KIDDING!).  But I honestly think there is room (for now) for both systems.

The future feels like the passage of time I experienced whilst we slowly moved over from film to digital.  We are slowly moving over from DSLRs to mirrorless systems, filled with tech (just look at any of the Sony A7’s) And with new photogs coming up through the ranks, they don’t have the same affinity we still hold over film and DSLRs and thus are happy to adopt mirrorless as their professional norm.

Anything to say about this article?  The please leave a comment below or contact me.

Bio:  I’m Juan Muino and I’m a wedding photographer based in and around Cambridgeshire (UK) and shoot throughout the uK as well as destination weddings.  I’ve been a photographer all my life, and when not shooting weddings, I also run a portrait studio and also shoot head shots for actors, performers and presenters.

 

 

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