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A Trip That Proved My Point, Exactly! – Part 1

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Hi there my Fuji brethren!  Oh, and visitors too.  This article is, in a way, part two to an article I wrote a while back for Fuji Rumors.  At the time I didn’t plan on a part two, a sort of “I told you so!”  But then, that was before my wife got a hankerin’ for Iceland and Continental Europe, and we took a trip to four countries.  I encourage you to read the earlier post, but the gist of it was the reason why I left my old system for Fuji, namely, I wanted one system to handle my diverse photographic interests.  Specifically, I love landscape and also street photography, which are about as opposite as they come.  My old beast of a Nikon did great for me in landscapes, but it was a monstrosity, aesthetically speaking, and did not inspire me while on the streets.  And my Fuji X-E1 was great for the streets, but it was inadequate for wind, weather, and telephoto lenses.  Thus, the Fuji X-T1 was the perfect match for this photographer with varied interests.

So then comes Europe.  My wife loves travel, and with round trip tickets to Europe, including a week-long layover in Iceland, being priced unusually low, it was on like Donkey Kong!  But I thought to myself that I may never make it back to this magical place and wanted a little more fire power, pixel-wise, than the X-T1 had.  I actually considered picking up a used Nikon D800E, which is truly a landscape wonder if used well.  But the thought of using that weighty, massive, ugly hunk of technological wonder on the dimly-lit, wet cobblestone streets of Lyon…I think not!  Well, it was just about that time that the Fuji X-T2 was being shipped and so I pre-ordered one, I got it about a week and half before our departure, and tried adjusting to the few differences so I was ready to hit the ground running.  Plus, my wife let me snag the 16mm f/1.4 for northern light images.  But much to my dismay, the cloud cover was mercilessly overbearing most of the trip.  But enough of that and on with the show!  What follows is primarily a visual tale of my recent photographic journey and a further confirmation that, for me, Fuji is the bomb and can meet my needs in the wilderness and the city.

Just one quick note before proceeding: what about the gear I brought? I had rather severe luggage and carry-on concerns given the bargain airline that we flew, so I tried to be as conservative as possible for such a wide array of shooting.  I won’t bore you with the less consequential odds and ends that I brought, so here’s the essence of the Fuji stuff:

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Fuji X-T2 for Documentary Wedding Photography. Now I can!

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My name is Andrea Bagnasco and I am a professional wedding photographer based in Northern Italy. My style is mainly documentary, in that I like to stay as unobtrusive as possible during the day to capture the candid moments that make the story of the wedding.

Like most everybody else, I’ve been relying on full-frame dslr’s for years to shoot my weddings. I’ve been adopting the Canon 5D cameras from the beginning until the Mark III model. They have always been great cameras to work with: very reliable with excellent image quality and have been improving significantly every time a new model was released, especially concerning noise at high ISOs, dynamic range and autofocus. Which are all most important factors for my type of photography, mostly done with available light.

Over the years I’ve been trying to strip down my kit as much as I could as weddings have become endurance marathons and hauling around heavy equipment the whole day is a sure way to get to the end of the wedding completely exhausted and devoid of any creativity or energy to take good photographs. No matter how good and nourishing the vendor meal or my level of physical fitness. Despite my determination to travel light, I’ve always been taking three camera bodies with me at weddings, where I’d have two cameras on me for most of the day and the third one as backup in the bag.

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Fuji X-T2/X-T1 – Recce in Bali

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A cataclysmic shift

I had a cataclysmic shift in my photographic equipment this year. As many seem to be doing now (after dipping my toes in the waters over the last few years), I bit the bullet and sold my beloved Nikon D3X and lenses, and swapped fully over to Fuji. I won’t bore you all with the minutia of the details – but suffice to say it was a very big emotional and financial endeavor. I have been shooting Nikon for over 30 years now – starting with the Nikon F3 and worked my way up through all the models, ending with the D3X. My wonderful Nikon F4 served me so well for many years of shooting ‘stock’ in the heyday (90’s).

However a few miles under the belt and a few creaky bones later, I was finding it increasingly difficult to lug my huge D3X and Nikkor 70-200 around in the tropical heat of Asia. My wife and I live in a small gold-mining town in the Western Australian desert. It is the most boring forsaken place on the face of God’s earth. However, with stable paying jobs and other reasons we choose to live here at the moment. However, because there is nothing to photograph here, my cameras sit locked in their little cupboard most of the year. Fortunately travel to Asia from Perth airport (not counting the 8 hour drive to get there), is cheap and not many hours flight. We go to Asia a lot and that is where I love to photograph.


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Travel Photography – Fujifilm X-Pro 2 vs. Canon 5D Mark III


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Travel photography demands high technical performances of a camera. A suitable camera should be able to reliably deal with constantly changing lighting conditions (dynamic range, ISO-performance, white balance) and react as fast as possible to spontaneous moments and movements (autofocus), just to mention the most important requirements. Among the “must have” of such an all-rounder camera are anyway colour-balanced and sharp photos.

Since the market launch back in 2012, I have been shooting with the Canon 5D Mark III and numerous prime lenses from Canon. The 5D delivers excellent picture quality, is fast-paced, and has a very good ISO performance for most situations. It comes quite close to such all-rounder. However, throughout the past four years I often met and exceeded the limitations of the 5D, which drove me crazy at times and brought me somewhat to the point of despair. These weaknesses include in particular its size, its crazy high weight (12kg in total with all lenses) and its poor dynamic range.

For my trip through Morocco in October, I got the opportunity to photograph with the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 to test the camera thoroughly. I have been wanting to try a mirrorless-system for a long time. Nonetheless, a full frame mirrorless camera would be no option for me. Full-frame mirrorless offers zero advantages compared to full-frame DSLRs in lens size and weight (only the 70-200f.2.8 weights 1,5kg!). So if you have a bag full of gear, the only area where you can save space and weight is the camera body alone which isn’t a big benefit. Initially I was very sceptical towards the idea of changing from a full frame to a supposedly weaker APS-C system. Given my high expectations regarding picture quality, I could hardly imagine that an APS-C camera could nearly keep up with a full frame camera.

My resume after travelling for two weeks with the X-Pro2? I’m just about to sell my entire Canon gear and switch to Fujifilm. Here are the reasons.

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The Switch to Fuji…err, Back to Fuji? Have I Really Switched?


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I always enjoy reading other people’s blogs/posts about their journey to switching over from one of the other manufacturers.  I get that some people get fed up with size and weight issues (their camera rigs, people), others feel like manufacturers aren’t listening to what the people want or that Fuji cameras, and their output, are just flat out better than the rest.

Me?  I don’t know…I love(d) my Nikons.  I did sell off my D750, D7200 and 97.8% of the Nikon lens collection…but something inside me won’t let me cut the D300 bodies loose.  It’s not that my X-T1 has left me wanting with what I shoot (surf, turf and…whatever) but I love the output of that generation of Nikons


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