Fuji X-Pro 1 - A Wedding Photographers tool. / by Dawn Webb

I have been blessed to work with a number of camera systems over the years, more so when I was working as a full time photographer in the Army.  Camera gear was often thrown at me from all directions, mostly from the Nikon variety.

It wasn't unheard of for me to have every single one of Nikons fast glass range complete with 300mm F2.8 and a 600mm F2.8 bashing about in the back of my car at some point.

Of course as soon as you release from the mighty military everything is handed back and you need to fund such items yourself!!!!! A very tall order when you are also trying to hunt work and so on.

Being a Kent based wedding photographer I find that this is the time when bookings are starting to come in from hesitant couples, wanting to go firm and chose the best possible photographer for their special day.
When selecting my tools for the season I have to get it right, no space for wrong decisions in this game.

I settled for a Fuji x100 for 18 months, I fell in love with it.  The x100 became an extension of my hand, but was limited in it's use - with a fixed focal lens at 23mm it wasn't dynamic enough to cut it for my wedding work.  OK it was great as a non obtrusive back up camera and for those moments when you want candid shots at a wedding.

I soon sold this camera as I had no need for it and lost in transition with where I want to go in life with my photography work -  I now find myself back, back to what I do best and shooting weddings and commercial work in London and the surrounding areas.

The addition of the X-Pro 1 to my tool kit means I have the versatility to swap lenses, yet still maintain all of those wonderful benefits of the x100 that so many love.  Being silent in its operation and a dynamic range better than a mid range DSLR I strongly believe this is the best wedding ceremony camera on the market.  Often compared to and sometimes better than the mighty Leica M9.

As with every camera - no one camera can do everything perfect! My belief is photography is only 20% camera and 80% talent. A Leica in the wrong hands is a disaster waiting to happen, yet some of my much loved images have been taken on an iPhone. The camera is just a catalyst for the photographer to record his ideas and see what he sees into print.  What is imperative for me is my camera must do what I want and when with no frills and zero obstructions.  That is what is so special about the Fuji X system.

I have never been one that pretends it to be a rangefinder and never got too wrapped up on pixel peeping or resolution.  It simply has to work in all conditions, no excuses - just work.