Is this the world’s first Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photographs?

I had the honour of shooting my wedding yesterday with a pre production Fujifilm X-T1. It was a very special day for me, not only was it my 200th wedding, it was also my first wedding without a Canon in my hand.

I had the XT-1 since it’s launch on Wednesday and decided to leave my Canon Mk3 and Mk 2 at home yesterday when I went to my wedding, instead I used the Fujifilm X-T1 as my main camera and a Fujifilm X-E2 as my second camera. I am definitely sure that this is the first wedding in South Africa shot with a X-T1, the camera was only launched 3 days ago and there is only two in the country. It will be interesting to know if somebody else has photographed a wedding with the XT-1 since it’s launch

I took the following lenses with me:

  • Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2R
  • Fujinon XF 23mm F1.4 R
  • Fujinon XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS

I’m not going to try and do a review of anything here, I don’t find reviews interesting, and what’s more, there are people in the world that knows a lot more about this kind of stuff than I do…I’ll leave it to them.

I use a camera because I like the look and feel and the way my photos turned out. So, that means that  I like absolutely everything about the Fujifilm X-T1.

I can say one thing though, something I do like a LOT about the X-T1 is how light it is, for me as a wedding photographer that spend 10-12 hours at a wedding this is a very important consideration…no more back pains for me after a wedding!

I also used my Phottix Strato for OCF. I used an LED video light as well for some of the photos.

All the photos are taken in jpeg (I always shoot RAW as well but couldn’t find a RAW converter yet) and edited a little bit in Lightroom, some of the Black and white photos have a touch of Silver Efex Pro. All in all it took me about two hours to edit 100 photos. Really not a lot to do in the editing process, the photos already look very good out of the camera.

Here are some of the photos that I like most, I have included the Exif data for the people that’s interested in that.

Please feel free to email me if you want to know anything specific. You can  email me from my contact form.

A VERY BIG thank you to my awesome bride and groom, Bertus and Monique Labuschagne, the best equipment in the world means absolutely nothing if you can’t use it to photograph awesome people like yourselves. We’ve come a long way since you first came to see me to photograph your wedding, thanks for the trust that you’ve placed in me to capture your memories on your most special day, thanks also for trusting Surika and Timothy to film your wedding. We will aways have special memories of your big day…and of the very wonderful people that you two are. We LOVE you!

JC Crafford Photography photographs and film weddings all over South Africa. We stay in Pretoria. We are also available for destination weddings worldwide

PS: Can I make a prediction? This will be many photographers camera of choice to photograph weddings with in the future.

PS: Check out my friend Gus’s awesome photos of a band taken with the X-T1

 

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Comments (26)

In this wedding you were using photic stratosphere did you use Fuji flashes if so which one? Also did you find any problems with recycle times? Great job on the wedding and congrats on your 200th wedding!

Hi Chris, I used the EF42 on the one camera, on the other one I had the Phottix Strato transmitter that triggered my Canon 580EX2. The recycle times was 100% sufficient for the way I shoot. Thanks for the compliment my friend.

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[…] I had the honour of shooting my wedding yesterday with a pre production Fujifilm X-T1. It was a very special day for me, not only was it my 200th wedding, it was also my first wedding without a Canon in my hand. I had the XT-1 since it’s launch on Wednesday and decided to leave my Canon Mk3 and Mk 2 at home yesterday when I went to my wedding, instead I used the Fujifilm X-T1 as my main camera and a Fujifilm X-E2 as my second camera. I am definitely sure that this is the first wedding in South Africa shot with a X-T1, the camera was only launched 3 days ago and there is only two in the country. It will be interesting to know if somebody else has photographed a wedding with the XT-1 since it’s launch. I took the following lenses with me:Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2RFujinon XF 23mm F1.4 RFujinon XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OISI’m not going to try and do a review of anything here, I don’t find reviews interesting, and what’s more, there are people in the world that knows a lot more about this kind of stuff than I do…I’ll leave it to them. I use a camera because I like the look and feel and the way my photos turned out. So, that means that I like absolutely everything about the Fujifilm X-T1……..  […]

All i can say is, wonderful set of images. B&G must be well chuffed, and totally agree with your predictions on kit swap. Since moving from my 5D2 with BG & 24-105 to X-Pro 1 my back seems to have acquired a new lease of life!

As for reviews – the fact that it has persuaded you to ditch Canon in favour of the XT-1 and XE-2 is about as good a review as any manufacturer or reader could want from a working tog who has used it in a ‘real world’ scenario…

Thanks for sharing.

[…] I had the honour of shooting my wedding yesterday with a pre production Fujifilm X-T1. It was a very special day for me, not only was it my 200th wedding, it was also my first wedding without a Canon in my hand. I had the XT-1 since it’s launch on Wednesday and decided to leave my Canon Mk3 and Mk 2 at home yesterday when I went to my wedding, instead I used the Fujifilm X-T1 as my main camera and a Fujifilm X-E2 as my second camera. I am definitely sure that this is the first wedding in South Africa shot with a X-T1, the camera was only launched 3 days ago and there is only two in the country. It will be interesting to know if somebody else has photographed a wedding with the XT-1 since it’s launch. I took the following lenses with me: – Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2R – Fujinon XF 23mm F1.4 R – Fujinon XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OISI’m not going to try and do a review of anything here, I don’t find reviews interesting, and what’s more, there are people in the world that knows a lot more about this kind of stuff than I do…I’ll leave it to them. I use a camera because I like the look and feel and the way my photos turned out. So, that means that I like absolutely everything about the Fujifilm X-T1……..  […]

Hi, how do you find the (single shot) autofocus on the X-T1 compared to the X-E2? Is it the same (with the same lens) or would you say it has definitely improved?
Thanks

Hi Felix, I haven’t shot with the X-E2 a lot, and obviously I haven’t used it for the same kind of shot as I’m always using it in pressure situations where you can’t repeat something like when you have lots of time doing a review. But i can tell you this, I’m used to a Mk3, and I had one in my car at the wedding…and I never , ever, felt like taking it out because I needed something more.

Hi Andrew, thanks for your kind comments, haven’t spoked to the B&G yet, they are enjoying a leisurely honeymoon in Mauritius while we are working ourselves to death…LOL. All I want is the best camera for the job, the one that makes me take the best photos, I sometimes spend more time with my camera than with my wife…I MUST love it and feel good about it! LOL

Thanks for the write up – and thanks for sharing your lovely work.
I really like the B&W of the lady with the child walking down the aisle back lit.

I do have a question – though it’s more about the video than the photographic side.
Do you know if the HDMI port can output clean HDMI?

Hi Jason

Thanks for the nice compliment, I have no idea about the HDMI port, i haven’t touched the video part yet

Thanks for this nice review and the excellent wedding shots. I shoot weddings myself here in Switzerland and switched entirely from an Nikon System to the Fuji X System. Did you use the XF 55-200 for your wedding work? I think it is so slow aperture wise. I am waiting for the 50-150 2.8.

Hi Kayar, we think the same, I did use it yes, I think the Fuji X-T1 is a new direction and pro photographers will start buying it for their work, that’s why Fuji decided to support us and bring out this 50-150mm f2.8 lens. I am waiting for it in anticipation, I used the 70-200mm f2,8 A LOT during my weddings.What is your website address? I’d like to see some of the weddings you did with the X-System

Hi JC! Lovely photos, nice work! I shoot a Nikon D800 for weddings with a D700 as backup, and I too am eager to give my back a rest this year! I’ve pre-ordered the X-T1 for personal use, but am seriously considering working it into my wedding workflow – and your review has just convinced me to try it, so thank you!

My biggest concern is obviously focusing speed and shutter lag – did you find the AF held up well in low light? I’ve got the X-E1, and it struggles in low light to find and lock focus. The shutter lag is also discomforting sometimes – I know the X-T1 has improved that, but was it a big difference to you than shooting with the Canon?

Thanks again for your review, and thanks in advance for your reply!

Hi Jon
I was very happy with all aspects, I had my Canon Mk3 and mk 2 in the car, and was ready to take it out if I didn’t feel comfortable with the XT-1. After all, it’s a clients wedding, and one can’t afford to screw it up…I never reached that point, The reception was very dark, to the extend that I sometimes couldn’t see what I was photographing during the dancing…but my AF locked all the time, when I had a look at the photos afterwards I was very impressed…perfect focus, virtually every time. I actually enjoyed shooting with this more than with my Canons, which I couldn’t believe myself. I’m used to the Canon…and only had the XT-1 for two days to get used to it. As you know a wedding photographer must be able to handle his camera without thinking what he’s doing next. So…I never thought I’ll say this…but I’m moving over to Fuji.This camera is going to change EVERYTHING.

Thanks for the reply JC! That last part of what you said is huge – being able to shoot and focus on the moment rather than focusing on the camera is a big deal for us, so the fact you were able to do that after just a few days with the X-T1 is very, very good! I’ve shot Nikon for 16 years, and have no problems with it at all – other than the weight – but I think I may follow you into FujiWorld! Thanks again!

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This was a beautiful wedding. Everything shows exactly the way they are. The bride wedding dress was meant for her very beautiful. Stylish groom clothes stand out and blend nicely on the prides wedding dress. Woow this is really the best wedding. For a change no white wedding gown.

thanks for sharing your thoughts on the Fuji X-T1.

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