For a photographer, we see more than a camera. We see an extension to our arm, a tool of the trade and a trusty companion that we will bond with. For me, it’s like months of homework in order to decide what I’m going to look at, but it doesn’t end there, it is not that simple.
The camera must meet a certain expectation and a few mandatory requirements for the specific roles it will be used in. It’s not about brands or loyalty or following a trend because joe blogs have a certain camera. I don’t care what others are using I only care that it suits me in the way I use it for what I use it for. The perfect camera does not exist, what you gain in one hand you lose in the other with all manufacturers so I will never define a camera of any kind perfect.
Fujifilm X-Pro2 is the most beautiful Camera, in my opinion, I have ever owned. The weight of it and how old school it looks just makes you want to go out and shoot and the size does not shout out I’m a photographer to everyone. I preferred this over the X-T3 and X-T2 models and here it comes, because the XT models have issues and I know Fuji fanboys will hate me saying it.
XT series has had issues with lockups since day one release and has never been fixed. Fujifilm has stated firmware fixes were released but this did not fix the problems and ventured into the most recent release X-T3 again no resolution of a fix.
The Fujifilm X-pro2 has never given me any issues or cause for concern, but it is the only Fuji body I currently trust in the lineup. I still use it today often paired with the 50-140 lens as a lighter alternative to the Nikon with 70-200 especially indoor venues with limited space. I’m not going to go into color science etc as it has been done to death already but what I will say is its light, good image quality and unless it is really low light I’ll run it with the 50-140 alongside any of the Nikons I use.
I have flirted with Sony A7iii and the ergonomics were not to my liking, but one hell of a camera I have to admit. Hopefully, Sony customer service improves for it is full of horror stories and long delays but Fixation in England now service and fix Sony so I would personally bypass Sony all together if outside warranty and save the headache.
I currently use two Nikon D750 or a Nikon D4 which is just the sweet spot for me. I do still use the Fujifilm X-pro2 but not as often anymore and personally moving forward I think the Fuji may well find another home. The D750’s have been used by most wedding photographers and again have had their share of issues and recalls which seem to be a hobby of Nikon’s over that time period but thankfully all is well now. Their latest D850 is a monster of a camera that I would never need the file sizes it outputs but wow it is a fine piece of kit.
Nikon D4 is old faithful, I love this thing and the files it puts out. The colors are much better than the files from the D750 and it appears to be echoed throughout the same findings. The D4 I can run and gun with all day with the 24-70, no issues at all. I know if I lift it and point it I will get the image I need and has never once skipped a beat. I would happily buy another D4 over a D750 or D810 for that matter as its the perfect balance in resolution for wedding photography. Have you ever had a couple wishing a billboard-sized image made? All these 30 megapixel and more users are only giving themselves extra work in post for nothing unless you are justifying the need for those big files.
2 x Nikon D750 or X1 Nikon D4
Fuji X-pro2 | If space is limited
Nikon 24-70 F2.8
Nikon 70-200 F2.8
Nikon 16-35 F4
Nikon 85 F1.4
Nikon 35 F1.8
Nikon 105 F2.8 or Sigma 105 F2.8
Fujifilm 50-140 F2.8
July 2, 2019