scorpio_e wrote in post #18423954
The release of the 6DMKII was the last straw.. No 4K..No dual slot..old sensor tech.. After 10 years.. Goodbye Canon and hello Fuji !!!!!
I am looking for lens recommendations for weddings and events. Also anyone one out there shooting sports with the Xt2?
Not sure why you dont consider the 5d3 if your still considering Canon mirrored bodies. Or jump into a nikon d750 that isn't in the list of recalls. Is 4k absolutely mandatory??
If your truly going for fuji I'd highly suggest you only consider the new f/2 generation primes for most events shooting due to AF speed. The 16mm and 56mm are acceptable in capturing spontaneous pivotal moments (father wiping tears, mother/father son/daughter etc). the 55-200, 18-55, and other older original generation Fuji lenses are sluggish. I'd rather use a 35mm f/2 over the 35 f/1.4 due to better AF speed in the F/2 version. however it's nice to have f/1.4 when you have the luxury of time.
16-55 and 50-140mm is absolutely imperative to cover your ground. The 10-24mm f/4 is probably too slow for aperture but AF is acceptable.
Godox is the newest offerings for dedicated fuji stuff. Even with my brief research there seems to be a gradual movement for this newer "fuji" designated flash setup.
If your jumping in I'd say it's absolutely necessary to buy a battery booster for an x-t2 for wedding work. If your tiny primary battery dies as you've become overwhelmed your in serious trouble. If I was jumping in Fuji for wedding work I would buy two X-t2 both with battery boosters. I would only use OEM batteries too just for piece of mind. Sounds like Watson is a decent 3rd party battery. I've been using a battery called UPSTART and it seems to be ok and almost similar to OEM fuji batteries. I only buy 3rd party because fuji is my secondary system for pleasure only.
For my fun events work (unpaid) I've used my X-T10 and the AF speed did not keep up with my standards. I missed alot of shots both with my 16mm and 10-24mm lens. The X-t2 was a pleasant improvement in AF but I still feel Fuji must work harder in putting a faster processor in the Camera bodies. I still feel the AF lag for quick paced stuff but for most general use I find the Fuji AF to be adequate.
I just took this photo today. Simple photo to take for any semi modern camera to track. AF-C with an X-t10 IMO would be somewhat painful to obtain this photo.
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If I took this photo with an old 6d I might have been able to do it "ok". The new 6dmk2 would have been able to do faster movement shots will very little effort. The 6d2 really has the lack of dual memory slots to kill the deal for me for professional use if i was buying into a system. I can handle the 1/4000 max shutter speed. But the Canon and Nikon world still have all kinds of choices for reliable advanced remote flash systems with HSS/ETTL.
Fuji is without a doubt catching up. I would say majority of fuji wedding photogs do not use much remote flash during events compared to your more common Nikon/Canon wedding shooter. Possibly my observations is probably due to less Fuji wedding photogs vs Nikon/canon and even sony.
There are strong loyal shooters from Canon/Nikon/Sony and fuji. I have a very strong bond with Canon when it comes to remote flash work and events photography. When it comes to Fuji i absolutely love shooting with the system if I had to do posed shots like headshots/posed studio family sessions/product shots etc. For my casual photography and when I have a luxury of time the Fuji really works well.
Only high stress fast paced events photography I do not have confidence in the Fuji at the moment. I'm still doing research on godox flash system but that is only one of the reasons for using Canon over Fuji. I use remote flash for receptions for more dynamic lighting. If your a bounced flash kinda guy the fuji will probably work for you. However I mention this often that the Red focus assist grid from a Canon/Nikon speedlight on the dance floor will assure you virtually perfect autofocus on the reception dance floor. So far my experience with Fuji with speedlight in low light has not been very confident as the mirrorless cannot take advantage of that technology. In fact I have experienced more color shift in warmer white balance using remote flash with Fuji compared to my Canon gear.
I'm genuinely working hard to make push fuji into my primary system. High iso is good but you will have an easier time recovering an 6dmk2 file even with the older sensor tech regarding dynamic range. Low light AF the Canon will land the shots in low light as well as virtually perfectly acquiring AF using red focus assist grid with speedlight during reception work. Zero manual manual focus required in landing a shot as your AF will not fail you in Canon or Nikon during a dark low lit environment. So far with my X-t2 and current lenses I own I still get the indication that I cannot land the focus in low light....arghhhhhhhhh My 5d3 does not really struggle in this regard in AF.
Before you go gang busters in buying gear. I suggest renting or borrowing fuji gear for your next wedding. You'd be lying if you feel you will not wet your pants when you AF fails you in low light even with a fuji dedicated speedlight. It certainly was a rude awakening when I attempted to shoot a casual event with an Xt10 and Xe2 with new firmware. I now know and met a good handful of wedding photogs owning fuji as a secondary and they still cannot use fuji as a primary.
Am I a Fuji Hater??? absolutely not!!!! The Fuji system is incredible in producing amazing files. Tools are tools and I select hardware / gear for specific reasons. A 5dmk4 is heavier but has better AF speed and accuracy, excellent battery life, destroys my xt2 in high iso, amazing dynamic range, excellent native flash speedlights, 4k, more lens selection etc. The 5dmk4 will be easier in post processing to deal with errors you've made in exposure.
I cannot see myself selling off my fuji gear. I've created some incredible images from that camera system. Only when fuji can even become on par with a 5dmk3/5dmk4 in AF, especially in reliable low light AF......I can use Fuj as a primary system. In the meantime I'll be adding more fuji lenses eventually to my gearlist for my pleasure use with complete happiness.