The Xpro-1 has been my go to camera for personal use for some time now. While I have used it at several weddings over this past year I have not made it my main camera until this past weekend on Friday (10/18/2013). In my previous post at a wedding earlier this year I captured some incredible images and processed lightly in photoshop to Black and White.
This time was a little different – I knew the capabilities of the camera. It has this amazing ability to capture a wider dynamic range and this being a very sunny day I wanted to see how it would do capturing a white gown in such a contrasty situation. I also wanted to compare the white balance to my Canon 5DIII captures.
My findings and now general assumptions are that the Xpro-1 is able to capture a more natural white balance, low chromatic aberration at low F-stops and the ability to capture a wider dynamic range. I have also found that my thought process during most photos with this camera are a little more planned rather than the spur of the moment capture I am usually doing with the Canon’s. Composition is also a little more accurate as I love the ability to level the camera in the viewfinder.
The Settings – Through most of the day I had the camera set to F1.4, Auto Shutter, Auto ISO 6400 with the 35mm F1.4 lens. I also relied more on manual focus with backbutton auto focus when needed. I had the file format set to Raw and full size JPGs. While I love the JPGs in the photos below I found that the dynamic range in the raw files to be nothing less than incredible. All Standard (zero) settings for Shadow, highlight, and Noise reduction but with sharpening set to +1. Finally the film type set to Std.
This photo kind of blew me away – capturing the blue in the sky while also capture all the details in front of the gown from the unlit room.
This amazing light was bouncing off the floor from the window to the left.
Here is the Raw Capture that in JPG did not have a lot of detail in the clouds. The Canon had almost nothing in the clouds -
Additional images from the wedding -
Fuji Xpro-1 with the Kenko Infrared filter
Detail shot of the Cake – SOOC JPG – with the Phottix Transimitter and off camera flash to the right bouncing against a wall (Canon 580 EX in Manual Mode)
During the Toasts – with the Phottix and off camera flash (SOOC JPG)
Back Flash with the Phottix and 580 EX.
Canon 430 EX on the Fuji Hot Shoe (yes it fires) pointed to the wall behind me SOOC JPG.