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Wedding photography, X-Pro1 and X100

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I have been using my X100 for weddings ever since getting one of the first cameras in the UK and to date it has been used on about 50 weddings. I got my X-Pro1 in late March 2012 and have used it on about 20 weddings.

My usual gear is a pair of Canon 5DmkII's with L series lenses, I love using a 50mm lens so the X-Pro1 with the 35mm F1.4 (equivalent to a 50mm on full frame) seemed like it would suit my work, I had hoped for an X200 with a 50mm lens before I got my X-Pro1.

I'm a documentary wedding photographer so I'm not looking for the usual groups and portraits but instead photographs that tell the story of the day. I love working with smaller cameras and especially love the silent shutter on the X100. Typically I will go to the bridal preps with just the two Fujifilm cameras as I don't need any long lenses at this stage of the day, then I will use my 5DII with a 70-200 F2.8 in the church as well as the X100 and X-Pro1, after the ceremony I often go back to working with just the Fujifilm cameras but I do like my 5DII for the first dance.

These are a few of my photographs taken on the X100 and X-Pro1, I only have the 35mm F1.4 lens for the X-Pro1 so everything wider is from the X100. ISO is typically up to around 3200iso -

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Great work Simon, and great application of the benefits of the X Series. Do you find people are more comfortable when you're shooting with the X100 or X-Pro1, compared to your 5D?

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Since a lot of people bring cameras to weddings people don't tend to react to the 5D's anyway, but I do prefer the smaller cameras for bridal preps as I often feel it's intimidating for the bride to have a huge lens pointing at her in a small room.

The other advantage is I have photographed ceremonies where photography is not allowed but you can get away with on on the X100 as it is so quiet, in situations like that I shoot with the rear LCD without lifting the camera up.

I do have a few niggles with the X100 and X-pro1 especially with the build quality as it really isn't up to the standards of a Canon 5D. My X-Pro1 LCD is scratched and the lugs on both cameras are wearing through. The X-pro1 might be pro in name but really isn't built to stand up to professional use. However the images I get with both cameras more than make up for any issues and I have to say the X-Pro1 files are way way nicer than the 5D2 and require less processing.

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Now, that is real wedding photography. Nice. RAW or Jpegs?

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Do you use the wide angle converter on the fuji x100? Awesome pics, by the way.

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Great works. Beautiful!

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Thanks guys, I shoot in Jpg only. The Jpegs out of the X100 and X-Pro1 are fantastic, I'm careful with getting the exposure right at the time of shooting, I then process in Lightroom to make minor tweaks.

I don't have the wide angle adapter for the X100 and don't see much point in getting it as I have the X-Pro1 and could buy a wide angle for that. When I want to shoot really wide I use my 5D2 with a 16-35mm lens. Most of my work is on a 35mm or 50mm lens.

You can see more of my work on my website - www.weddingphotojournalist.co.uk

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The other advantage is I have photographed ceremonies where photography is not allowed but you can get away with on on the X100 as it is so quiet

What kind of wedding ceremony does not allow photographers and why would someone hire a photographer to be at such a ceremony??

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Those are fantastic. Love to see others using the x series for weddings. I've only done 3 weddings with my x100 but I have 5 more lined up, and I'm really loving the camera for this type of work. I was hired by this lady that saw my previous work and when I showed up she was very surprised to see my small camera (though I had my flash on). Later she told me she was a bit nervous when I showed up with the camera but then she thought about it and she had already seen my previous work and that is why she hired me. She ended up loving the photos. I hate having to convince people it is a legit camera.

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The other advantage is I have photographed ceremonies where photography is not allowed but you can get away with on on the X100 as it is so quiet

What kind of wedding ceremony does not allow photographers and why would someone hire a photographer to be at such a ceremony??

It's fairly common here in the UK. Tomorrow I have a wedding and the vicar has said no photography at all in the church, nothing, not even the bride walking in. The couple hire me for the whole day and yes it's dreadful watching the ceremony and seeing things that would make a great photograph and not being allowed to take them. Obviously I will try to take a couple of photographs discreetly when the vicar isn't looking.

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It's fairly common here in the UK. Tomorrow I have a wedding and the vicar has said no photography at all in the church, nothing, not even the bride walking in. The couple hire me for the whole day and yes it's dreadful watching the ceremony and seeing things that would make a great photograph and not being allowed to take them. Obviously I will try to take a couple of photographs discreetly when the vicar isn't looking.

The vicar is probably thinking about those photogs who have big SLRs with off-camera flash on a grip and noisy mirror slap and film winders - as you know most vicars here are about 180 years old, some will be expecting you to have a tripod and glass plates.... There are going to be (probably) dozens of family and friends taking shots with smart phones and other cameras on which they don't know how to turn off the flash. I don't see how he can object to you taking a few discreet shots with a compact camera. Unless, of course, you're gonna be bouncing around behind him trying to get a good angle, and giving directions for the couple to pose while he's asking them for their vows!

I'm sure if you're really discreet he won't notice what you're doing (don't forget to turn off the focus assist lamp!).

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Just to be clear, the church says NO to a professional photographer during the wedding? No pictures on the single most important day of their life? I am no expert, but I would really question why anyone would use such a church if true.

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Just to be clear, the church says NO to a professional photographer during the wedding?

I'm talking about being in the house of God, and showing some respect for the sanctity of that place and the solemn vows the people are entering into. The most important thing is the ceremony, not whether they have photos of it. If the couple don't accept that then they shouldn't be marrying in church.

No pictures on the single most important day of their life? I am no expert, but I would really question why anyone would use such a church if true.

Just how long do wedding services last in your country?! Over here the service is usually over within about half an hour, if not 20 minutes.

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Just to be clear, the church says NO to a professional photographer during the wedding?

I'm talking about being in the house of God, and showing some respect for the sanctity of that place and the solemn vows the people are entering into. The most important thing is the ceremony, not whether they have photos of it. If the couple don't accept that then they shouldn't be marrying in church.

No pictures on the single most important day of their life? I am no expert, but I would really question why anyone would use such a church if true.

Just how long do wedding services last in your country?! Over here the service is usually over within about half an hour, if not 20 minutes.

The vast majority of people disagree with you as they have images from their wedding ceremony. I highly doubt God would be disappointed or upset with the sound of a shutter.

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This is simple. If I wanted pics of my wedding, I wouldn't choose a venue that doesnt't allow taking pictures of the ceremony. Or, if I wanted a video, doesn't allow videography.

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The vast majority of people disagree with you as they have images from their wedding ceremony. I highly doubt God would be disappointed or upset with the sound of a shutter.

Which particular "vast majority" are you talking about? 80% of the world's population live on less than 10 USD a day, how are they going to afford a camera or photographer at their wedding?

Your exaggeration aside, I'm not suggesting God would object to photos, but to the distraction from the very serious matter of the vows. If you cannot see that then I suggest you are lacking in sensitivity to the deeply held religious beliefs of others.

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I have just looked through our wedding photographs album from our marriage in 1956. Apart from a picture of the signing of the register, there is not a single picture inside the church. I think pictures in church are a relatively recent thing and part of the social changes that are tending to make church weddings into "events" rather than religious ceremonies.

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What kind of wedding ceremony does not allow photographers and why would someone hire a photographer to be at such a ceremony??

This is not uncommon, even here in the US. We have faced this in a few particular locations. Usually the result of some Amateur or Rude photographer(s) who doesn't have any respect or brains and causes some disturbance in the ceremony.

@SimonAtkins, These are incredible! I have yet to bring my X100 into my wedding arsenal, but hope to do so soon.

My wedding work: http://blog.westparkphoto.com

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great shots.

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Saturday, 18th August I took my 5D-m-ii, X100 and X-pro1 for a wedding-shoot. It was a full day shoot, from preps to midnight wedding waltz, including portraits etc. The full monty;-).

I got home with about 1.300 images which to me i kind of low.

A month ago i would have shot around 80% on my 5D and 20% on my x-pro1. And i would have shot more than 2.000 pics. That's 700 less pics to go through. The amount i will be delivering will be around the same. A little less but not much.

This time i shot 135 pics with the 5D, 230 on X100 and some 950 on the x-pro1.

I have also noticed a change in my shooting style. I tend to think more before I shoot, whereas before I kind of machine-gunned away on my 5D's. The pics are better, or at least I feel they are.

On my 5D I did not change lens once. It was mounted with the 70-200F2.8. I did change on the x-pro1, but not much. Mostly i shot with the 35mm. Damn that lens is sharp!

So @SimonAtkins. We seem to shoot almost exactly with the same gear, which i find kind of amusing, but not surprisingly. It just hit me how much your post here sounded like me;-)

And GREAT SHOTS btw!!! ;-)

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How many battery do you carry for the Fuji cameras? How often do you need to change the battery? Great photos!

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Love your work, and great post, very interesting hearing your working style.

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For one day of wedding photography with my x100 I carry 2 camera batteries and 2 sets of batteries for my ef42 flash. I really only have to change my camera batteries after about 5 hours of shooting.

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Great work. I'm shooting my first wedding this weekend since changing my gear, I used to shoot with a D700 and prime lenses, mainly 24mm, 35mm and 50mm. Now I'm going to be shooting with the X-Pro1 35mm and 18mm. Also manual 50mm f/1.4 super takumar lens with a tilt adapter - I'm hoping I can use that for some nice selective focus shots of the couple during the ceremony, nice and quiet too. Anyway, just wanted to say I enjoyed your photos and I'm looking forward to shooting the wedding at the weekend with the xpro.

Andy

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