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Why I Switched to Fujifilm for Weddings

Why I Switched to Fujifilm for Weddings

So, I switched to Fujifilm, for wedding photography. I wanna talk about the 5 reasons why I switched to Fujifilm, for wedding photography.

1. The weight

So, as you can imagine, as a wedding photographer, especially using two cameras at the same time, those things can get super heavy. So, I used to shoot on the Canon 6D, and while it's not the heaviest of cameras, it's definitely way heavier than Fujifilm. So, when I switched over, weight was a huge focus, for me.

I used to the HoldFast Gear MoneyMaker, so, it's a nice strap and it keeps the weight off your back and it doesn't feel horrible, but still, with these heavy Canon and Nikon cameras, it's just, it's way too much.

So, the X-T2 basically comes in at about a pound, maybe two pounds, with the grip, versus the Canon 6D, which is, I don't know how heavy, but I wanna say, five pounds or more, so, you could assume on a wedding day, 8 hours, 9 hours, 12 hours, that couple of pound difference, makes a huge difference. So, weight is a huge factor.

2. Perfect color profiles

So, if you've ever used any of the Fuji cameras, you'll know that the colors that come out of this thing are insane. Basically, if I'm just at home, shooting whatever, friends and family, or something, I throw this thing into JPEG, put on my color profile and that's pretty much it. I don't even have to edit anything. Sometimes, I really do consider not editing my wedding photos, but, I can't really do that, I wanna have a specific look for my weddings.

But, when I'm shooting by myself, man! It looks so good! It just comes out of the camera, perfect, honestly.

For this exact reason, I wanna get the X-T100, for my carry-around camera, just for everyday shooting and that's literally what I will do, is keep it in JPEG and not even worrying about editing. I highly suggest you, at least, rent an X-T2, or any Fuji camera, just to see it for yourself, because it's almost wrong, how good the color profile is.

3. Bokeh is overrated

So, I know the first thing that comes out of everyone's mouth, whenever it's like, "Oh, Fuji? It's not full-frame." And that's great and all, and I know you lose a little bit of low-light performance, and yeah, it's not full-frame, but, the bokeh really is overrated. Most of your clients are not gonna sit there and nit-pick and pixel-peep, every single, "The bokeh is not as clean, it's not as creamy as it could be. " It doesn't matter, as much. 

Are your photos good? Is your customer service to your clients good? That's what really matters, not how much depth of field I can get out of it, and honestly, with the Fuji 56 or the 90, I mean, that thing looks really good, as a portrait camera.

If y'all want some more proof on this, Denae and Andrew, which I know I've been shouting out a lot, but I love his channel, it's so good. So, Andrew does a video about how bokeh is overrated, and he does a little test with a bunch of people, and he chooses between two photos, and honestly, you can see one-off, it's very subjective, and two off, most people just don't notice it.

If it makes the subject stand out a little bit more, depending on the context of the photo, people will notice, but outside of that, no one's gonna come back to you and say, "Oh, my picture's not blurry enough, why are you not shooting full-frame?' So, really, that was a big choice, too. It really doesn't make that big of a difference. Bokeh is overrated.

4. Low-light performance

These things, in low-light, are crazy. So, one of my recent stories is, I had a wedding in Manhattan and if you know anything about being in Manhattan, there's just so many buildings, that they're side to side with each other, and there's literally no window light. If you know me, I'm a natural light photographer, and if I don't have to use the flash, I won't, and I was in this hotel room and it was, pitch black, I didn't wanna use nasty, fluorescent lights, so I just shot it.

I don't even think my ISO was that high, but check out this shot and check out how I saved it. It's a little grainy, but it's really not that bad. No worse than any other camera that I've really seen. So, the low-light performance on these things are amazing. You can save all kinds of shots. Just the range, you have on it, is really good. Low-light performance is a huge reason why I switched over, as well.

5. It is super fun to shoot with

Since the X-T2 basically looks like a film camera, and I swear, every wedding I shoot, there's at least one or two people, who are like, "Is that, is that film?" But, it's just so fun. You have the dials on the top, it looks like a film camera. I mean, it's just so good and I don't think I've enjoyed shooting as much, when I had the Canon 6D, versus now, with my Fuji's, it's just, I don't know, I don't know what it is.

There's something about Fuji. Really, rent yourself a Fujifilm camera and just use it. Use it for a couple weeks and you'll just, I love it so much! So, last, but not least, it's fun to shoot. The company is really good, they really support their shooters, and pretty much, anyone I've seen, who shoots Fujifilm, talks about how much they really love it.

Last words

So, those are my 5 reasons why I switched to Fujifilm, for weddings, and I know, I know I'm like the odd one out, no one shoots Fuji, for weddings. I'm always at a wedding and someone's like, "Oh, mirror-less Sony?" And I'm like, "No! Fujifilm, what about that?" If you shoot Fuji, yourself, let me know in the comments, what you think, why you switched over, what was the main thing that moved you over. Probably, those color profiles, though, am I right?

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