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| p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Which system should I buy into as a fresh start? (Nikon/Canon/Fuji) |
I shoot a Canon 5D2 and a Fujifilm X-E1. (The latter, for Canon shooters who may not know, is very similar to the X-Pro1 that the OP mentions.)
Any of these cameras can be used to do "professional work" (whatever that means...) but the DSLR and digital rangefinder-style/mirrorless cameras are suited to quite different purposes. In general, your DSLR is a more flexible camera, adapting to a wider range of shooting situations.
If you are really about street shooting, there are reasons to think about the several Fujifilm options. The XPro1 does have an optical viewfinder and an electronic viewfinder, with the attendant advantages and disadvantages of each. If you are happy with the electronic viewfinder, consider the X-E1. Many XPro1 users report that they use the optical viewfinder less and the electronic viewfinder more than they expected - and the electronic viewfinder, despite being slightly slower, is quite decent, displays more information, and adapts to a wider range of lenses. On the other hand, if you want to lean more toward traditional street photography, theX100s with its fixed 35mm-equivalent focal length is the fastest and most responsive of the bunch.
However, if I were getting a camera specifically for portrait and wedding shooting (rather than, say, street and travel photography) I would prefer a DSLR with a zoom lens over the Fujifilm camera. I know there is a certain romance to using primes - you'll get over it! - but you can produce truly excellent image quality with good zooms and they adapt much more readily to varying and changing shooting circumstance that you'll like encounter at weddings. You could always augment a zoom with a couple of inexpensive non-L primes for special situations.
As to whether you should get Nikon or Canon, flip a coin. Both are excellent, and while various partisans will argue vehemently for their brand - whichever one it happens to be! - great photography is made with both and no one will be able to tell the difference.
The point made earlier about redundancy is critical. If you seriously contemplate doing wedding photography, you have to understand that your clients are putting a very great deal of trust in you. The wedding happens only once, and many things occur quickly and cannot easily be redone. Unless you aspire to be an "Uncle Bob" type of wedding photographer who works on a low budget and for a low price and who is comfortable with telling the clients, "Oops. My camera is busted and I can't photograph today's wedding after all," or "Oops, my one lens was broken and all of the photographs are out of focus."
At a bare minimum, you need to:
- be equipped to cover a wide range of circumstance and to respond to them quickly. A single 35mm lens on one camera does not meet that standard.
- know weddings quite well, so that you know the must-have shots, how to interact with clients quickly and effectively, and more.
- that your gear is reliable and redundant enough that you will never leave clients in the lurch because of an equipment failure.
You won't be able to do that with a single body and one 35mm prime.
As a bit of history, I shot in nightclubs for probably about 18 months solid and really burnt myself out in terms of photography. So I sold all my gear (Canon 5d2 35/2 50/1.8 85/1.8) and shot film. It was refreshing but now I'm ready to get back into digital! I'm done with the night club stuff but what I really want to concentrate on is portraits, weddings and street shooting in my spare time.
What I'm looking for is a system to buy into - my choices at the minute are a Canon 6D and a Sigma 35/1.4, a Nikon...Show more →