My Gear: Why I Shoot Fuji Mirrorless

January 1, 2019 | Education

Fuji wedding photography gear for adventure wedding photographers

When I first picked up a camera, it was a Canon point and shoot, followed by a beginning DSLR, followed by better and better professional grade cameras. It wasn’t until one of those Canons took a tumble down an icy creek and landed in freezing water that I switched to Fuji wedding photography gear.

I had been hearing about mirrorless cameras for a while, and read every article I could find, before making the switch for myself. The main things that drew me to Fuji wedding photography gear was the small and lightweight camera bodies and lenses, since I spend so much time hiking with my couples. The other big selling point for me was the weather sealing on the camera bodies and most of the lenses. I often go from shooting outside in below freezing weather to inside warm reception rooms, and my Canon lenses were all struggling with condensation. And with surprise rainstorms being a common thing here in Colorado, it just made sense to get gear that could handle shooting in any weather.

Another huge bonus of switching to Fuji is how damn affordable the camera bodies and lenses are! My absolute favorite lens is the 35mm f/2, which is currently $399. The equivalent quality lens on Canon is $1,269! I have a tendency to beat up my gear, with shooting outside in all weather conditions. Knowing that I can afford to replace my lenses at any time has allowed me to take more risks and not worry as much while shooting, and I truly think it’s made me a better photographer. 

Ever since I switched to Fuji wedding photography gear, I’ve had so many photographers message me who want to switch. (And at least 3 of them have!) A lot of people are worried about appearing “less professional” with such a small camera (as if the size of your lens is what makes you a pro…), but I’m happy to say I’ve never had anyone make that assumption about me. More often than not, guests come up to me asking if I’m shooting film! And if someone does make a comment about my cameras being small, I get to joke about how it’s not the size that matters but how you use them.

Most of the time at weddings, I shoot with the X-T3 + 23mm lens and the X-T2 with the 50mm, and the 90mm for ceremonies. For outdoor elopements and adventure sessions, I bring a paired down version of my Fuji wedding photography gear (I use a padded insert in my Fjällräven Kånken backpack), with only two bodies, 3 lenses, and extra batteries and memory cards. The speedlights only come along for weddings where I know I’ll be shooting after dark.

The Fuji mirrorless cameras are all crop sensor, so a 23mm = 35mm on full frame, 35 = 50, 50 = 76, 90 = 135, and 16-55 = 24-84.

I know that many photographers are hesistant to switch to Fuji because of the crop sensor. And if you’re used to shooting wide open at 1.2-1.4 on your Canon or Nikon, you love the blurry bokeh backgrounds and depth of field, or you regularly shoot dark receptions at very high ISO rather than using speedlights, Fuji might not be for you.

But what I’ve found since switching to Fuji wedding photography gear is that I spend a lot less time thinking about my camera settings or what lenses I’m using, and more time having fun with posing and interaction and looking for light. Since I can see exactly what a photo will look like before I take it, I hardly have any “throw away” photos where I was testing my settings in different lighting conditions.

And for me, the combination of light weight, small size, weather sealed gear, and ease of use, has allowed me to have more fun as a photographer. 

Photos I’ve taken on Fuji

All of the photos on my website starting in January 2018 are taken on Fuji, but here are some of my favorites.

Have you thought about switching to Fuji wedding photography gear? Would you consider going mirrorless, or are you still on team DSLR? 

Nina Larsen Reed grew a six figure wedding photography business in less than eighteen months from shooting her first wedding, while hiking and exploring her way around the Colorado mountains with her ideal clients. She is now using her half teaching degree from Norway (it’s a long story, ask her about it some time!) to help other wedding photographers generate more leads, build sustainable and profitable businesses, and work with couples they love!

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