Which FUJI lenses for event photography

Which FUJI lenses for event photography


– Hey guys, today I want
to answer a question about event photography,
specifically what lenses should you use as an event photographer. This comes from Sasha,
she says as a part time fine arts documentary
photography I use smaller Fuji X series cameras, I use Prime lenses. My wife has secured me as
her company’s event awards ceremony photographer,
poor lighting, variable focal length needs, etc. So Sasha has the 18 to 55
right now and it’s not adequate and Sasha’s wondering, for
low lighting which will always be a concern, one,
should Sasha buy a 16 to 55 F28 or use the 18 to 55 and upgrade
from the XT1 to the XT3. Good question, I can’t answer
that for you unfortunately, this is always my answer by the way. I can only tell you what
I do, so let me do that. So, Sasha, like you I
thought I needed a zoom lens and I thought that the
16 to 55 F2.8 would do an adequate job at low
light, also the 50 to 140. I thought these two
lenses would get me there. And I mean it can work, right? They do all right in low light, depending on how low of light. But you’ll get more noisy
photos and I just didn’t like delivering noisy photos for clients. I also am not a huge fan of
bounce flash, personally. I prefer not to use flash
and at a lot of the events that I’m at I can’t
anyway, they discourage it. And that’s fine, because
like you I’m a Prime person. So I don’t use these at events anymore, unless it’s outside, if
it’s outside sure all day. These are awesome, they’re great. But for indoors, let me
show you what I do use. When I shoot events now,
I only take three things. I do have backups in the car,
it’s important to have backups you never really know when
something is gonna go wrong. But on my person, this is all I have. I have the 16 millimeter
1-4, the 56 millimeter 1-2, and my XT3 and that’s all I need. But you brought up the need
for variable focal length, and that’s a valid concern and for awhile I have the XT2 mounted with this guy and the XT3 mounted with this, but I just got frustrated
with that switching cameras. I know a lot of wedding
photographers do that and that works great for
them, but I found that I was just as fast just doing this. That was just as fast for me. I don’t find that I
save all that much time dropping a camera and
bringing the other ones up. Maybe a little bit, if I’m honest. But if I’m anticipating what’s
happening in front of me, I’d rather have the same body
with me and just do that. That’s all the speed you need, really. And I don’t miss shots. Now at this point I know that there are lots and lots of people out
there absolutely horrified that I would drop a
lens in a bag and leave the back element exposed
in such a horrific way. Yeah, I mean it’s not ideal, right? When I’m at home or when
I’m in a more casual setting or when I can take my time, I absolutely cover my lenses. But at an event I don’t, I
will drop them in my bag, I’ll leave the front and
back elements exposed. And I know that that’s
a little bit of a risk. However, modern lenses
are pretty tough, guys. You don’t have to baby
them like the old timers used to have to with older lenses. These things are pretty
good and these have lasted me years with no perceptible
image quality reduction. Even when I drop them in my bag like that and leave the elements exposed. So for me I think it’s okay,
and it’s my job, right? I’m getting paid to not
miss shots and I’m not going to miss them and this gives me the best possible image quality that I can get out of Fuji gear in low light setting. But that’s just me. If that makes you uncomfortable, by all means, do not shoot this way. So why these two lenses? Well, the 56-1-2 first
off is a no brainer. There really is no better lens in the Fuji lens lineup for
a low light gathering, it’s the lowest aperture lens available. Not only that, it’s just a
great lens, it’s beautiful, it focuses really fast on the XT3 even in low light which in the past it hasn’t always been known
for how well it does, but with this combination I don’t miss shots when I’m auto-focusing. And beyond that it has
just a really beautiful background blurring, I
guess if you’re into that, it’s really good. I tried the 90 F2, by the way, for awhile, but it just wasn’t quite
there with the low light. I wanted the absolute best light gathering portrait lens I could
get, and that’s this. As far as the 16 millimeter
1-4, this is just my favorite lens of all
time, I really love it. And I love details with this lens, getting detail shots at
events, this is great. The close focus ability
is excellent and the way it just, I mean I can’t really explain it, but it does the job
really well for details. And then just wide shots in
general, I like how it looks. It’s a bit wide, I’m not gonna lie. Some people don’t like that
24 millimeter equivalent field of view when they’re
after group shots for instance, 35 millimeter is a
little bit more moderate. It doesn’t distort things quite so much, but I like the extremeness of this lens, for me it works with my style very well. Now, occasionally it might
be nice to have something in between, something
around a 50 millimeter equivalent focal length would be nice. And so I did bring my
little 35 F2 for awhile. I can tuck that away anywhere in this bag because it’s just a teeny little lens and I always had it with me. But guess what, I never
took it out, never. So, I just don’t anymore, I
only use these two lenses. But again, that’ just me. But that does require I have this with me, this is a sling bag, this
is the Hazard 4 Plan B I think, I don’t remember,
I’ll put it on the screen. And when I know I’m gonna be
switching lenses back and forth I kind of always have it
kind of tucked back here, and zipped most of the way
up, but when I need it, you know I just, and it’s
all right in front of me and I can get to it fast,
a lot of times I just have this right in front
of me and that’s fine too because it gives you stabilization. You look a little bit like
a goober, but no one’s paying attention to you,
you’re the photographer, you’re blending into
the background anyway. So this setup works really well for me. Am I saying it’s what
you should do or what other event photographers should do? Not necessarily, but if it
gives you ideas and if it saves you money then maybe
you should look into it. I’d encourage you to
practice swapping lenses and maybe even shoot with
a 16-2-8, or the 55-2-8 in low light and see what kind of results you get, see
if that works for you. Rent it for one of your events,
try that and then try these. Anyway, that’s my best advice
for you I hope that it helped. In the mean time, kindness before cameras, talk to you guys again really soon. (upbeat music)

2 thoughts on “Which FUJI lenses for event photography”

  1. Would like it if you could follow up with another video, describing your camera settings for event photography…..Thanks, Bob

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