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.
Additional images from the wedding -
Fuji Xpro-1 with the Kenko Infrared filter
During the Toasts – with the Phottix and off camera flash (SOOC JPG)
Back Flash with the Phottix and 580 EX.