I’ve been shooting with Nikon equipment for as long as I can remember. I always assumed that Nikon was the absolute best because it was the brand of choice made by many professional photographers.

When I first started learning photography in 1999 I was rocking a Nikon F2 SLR. This was the year when photography really started to move away from film and become digital. Having already been familiarised with Nikon, my first digital camera was a Nikon D1 which at the time was a fantastic piece of kit sporting a 2.7 megapixel image sensor. Following on from the Nikon D1 I have since owned a fair few DSLR’s including the D2H, D3, D4, D5, D90, D610, D700, D810 and D750. Nikon is pretty much all I’ve ever used when it comes to cameras. I have played around with Canon DSLR’s in the past, but to me they’ve always felt quite awkward in the hand and I was never keen on the button layouts and settings menus. So as you can see I have stuck with Nikon over the years and slowly become one of those annoying Nikon fan boys that turns his nose up at all other brands on the market. I was never even interested in researching new products from other camera manufacturers because I already owned what I thought were the best cameras available.

It wasn’t until very recently after a long day photographing a wedding that I realised having two clunky DSLR’s hung over my shoulders for 12 hours at a time wasn’t really doing my back any favours. I would wake up on the morning following a wedding feeling like I’d just returned from the gym. It was the aches and pains that led me to start looking at other options in hope of finding a minimalist, lightweight solution that could also deliver top quality images to my wedding clients.

After looking long and hard through all the specs, pros and cons of almost every mirrorless camera from all major brands including Sony, Canon, Fuji, Panasonic, Leica and Olympus I settled for a pair of Fuji XT2’s. I had read many mixed reviews about the Fuji XT2. There were plenty of horror stories of them locking up and resetting themselves, and I also heard about poor image quality and watercolour effect rendering. A few photographers told me that they would never use Fuji for weddings in a million years and that Sony was the only way forward when it came to mirrorless! But even Sony have their fair share of problems including overheating issues. The thing that steered me towards Fuji was their top notch support and continuous firmware updates to improve camera performance. I was also drawn towards the film simulation modes, the build quality and the overall user experience that I felt when shooting with the camera. I think it’s fair to say that most, if not all cameras seem to have their own unique problems so no matter which you choose, you are likely to encounter an issue at some point.

For me, photography needs to be fun. As well as being able to deliver high quality images, I like to feel enjoyment when using my cameras, and the Fuji XT2 does just that. The quality feel and the retro design of the Fuji XT2 takes me straight back to the film days, the controls are an absolute joy to use and I am totally in love with the Fuji colours and image quality. So far I have photographed four full day weddings using my Fuji XT2’s and not encountered any issues. Yes they do like to chew through batteries one after the other, but batteries are small, light and cheap so I’ve stocked up and always keep a couple of spares in my back pocket. A battery change only takes a matter of seconds so its not a problem for me, I think I used a total of six batteries between two cameras on my last wedding.

Overall, I am very happy with my switch from Nikon to Fuji. As a documentary wedding photographer I like to be as discreet as possible so having a smaller lightweight camera with a completely silent electronic shutter is fantastic. I am super impressed with the image quality and the in camera jpeg engine is second to none. I would highly recommend this camera to anyone looking to make the jump over to mirrorless. You really don’t need to spend thousands of pounds on Sony A9’s to get good images! Although a good camera creates good images, I honestly believe that it all comes down to the photographer. A bad photographer will get bad images even with the worlds most expensive camera! It’s all about knowing your gear, knowing it’s limitations and how to use it properly to get the most out of it. For me its all about good light, good composition and the perfect moment!

If you are a wedding photographer, still lugging around a pair of hefty DSLR’s and you’ve been considering a change to a mirrorless system, you should definitely consider the Fuji XT2. Despite the mixed reviews which I found to be very off putting, I am very pleased with my switch. I’ve had no regrets so far and I can’t see myself switching back to DSLR’s anytime in the near future.

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