I recently purchased a new camera and lens system for an upcoming travel adventure. Not wanting to carry what I affectionately call my "brick" (Canon 7D with battery pack and 2 very heavy, fast lenses), I began to look at the latest in mirrorless, compact interchangeable lens systems. After researching and reading reviews about the latest and greatest in compact mirrorless cameras, I settled on the retro styled Fuji XE2 with a 18-55mm f/2.8 and 55-200mm f/3.5. It is 1/4 the weight of the "brick" and 1/4 the size. Perfect for travel. Many of my photographer friends have expressed interest as to whether or not I would consider a wholesale change over to the mirrorless FujiXE2 (which I have nicknamed "bebeh") for my fashion, editorial and portrait photography. So today, having scheduled an outdoor editorial in Vancouver with a new model, I decided to put my new gear to the test. All I can say is WOW, I am totally impressed with this set-up!
Lightweight, compact and packing a serious punch, "bebeh" can produce the same image quality, if not BETTER, than my Canon 7D MKI (bear in mind my 7D is about 4+ yrs old and "bebeh" is a young, whippersnapper tech-wise). The Fuji XE2 X mount lens system is also exceptional. Fast and sharp, these compact lenses are the perfect size for travelling, coming in a wide range of focal lengths, all without sacrificing speed and quality. Brilliant!
Technology aside, what shooting with this compact system has proved today is that BIG, heavy, pro gear has its place and for me, that is in the STUDIO, not on location. Location shooting with the "brick" means I end up with my shoulders/back stooped and in pain by the time a 4 hour shoot wraps, hands are aching from gripping the 8+lb monster for hours and I am left feeling exhausted and whipped by my trusty "brick". Not so with "bebeh"... Two lenses and a body weigh all of maybe 4 lbs, less than a 1/4 of my brick and camera bag. For a 4 hour location shoot this is HUGE. Less fatigue, less physical stress on my old, bad back and less stress on my old slightly arthritic hands is a big score and boon to working outdoors.
All those size and quality comments aside, the proof as they say is in the pudding. Well, today my team and I created some outstanding work using nothing but the "bebeh" set-up and a reflector.
- Photography: Christina Lazar-Schuler
- Assistant: Candace Bergmann
- MUA/H: Elena Ismail
- Stylist: Taylor Ramsay
- Styling Assistant: Janelle Knihnitski
- Model: Kristin Linkletter - Key Model Management
Here is a sneak peek of our work today...