If you read my blog posts you'll notice that I'm trying to utilize fewer words and let the images tell the story.  That being said, if you follow my work or you're in my nerdsphere, then you know I love mirrorless cameras and to be more specific the Fuji X series of cameras (my current kit consists of a handful of manual lenses, 23mm F1.4, 18mm F2, 35mm F1.4 Fujinon lenses and the Fuji X-T1 and Fuji X-E1.  This wedding however I was outfitted with a Canon 5D Mark III, 24-70 F2.8L and 70-200 F2.8L lenses.  

Part of this blog entry is gear based as I think there are a lot of photographers and enthusiasts in general who have a perception/bias towards specific camera systems.  I also feel that people can utilize this opinion to help develop their own camera enthusiasm (mainly the point that you can make great images with any camera/lens - it's merely a tool).

I honed my skills with Canon cameras.  My first DSLR was a Canon Rebel XT that I purchased for $180 from a previous employer almost 7 years ago.  That along with my 18-55mm kit lens.  I, like several people who are interested in getting into 'photography' start off with some form of similar starter kit.  Without having a lot of knowledge about how to work a camera I set off to simply get better.  Looking back on it, I knew nothing about photography and still have so much to learn.

As I progressed over the years I have gone thru the 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, 1D Mark III, 7D, and finally the 5D Mark II (which is and was a great camera).  Over the past year I've been shooting personally almost exclusively with mirrorless cameras and merely accessing a full frame Canon body on the occasion when I had an event or wedding shoot.  This wedding in particular reinfoced my ideas about my own personal photography experiences.  The 5D Mark III is a great camera but it's mildly disappointing considering it's noise performance and how it fits my evolving shooting style.  Truth be told after looking at the files the 6D does a much better job when it associates with my shooting preferences (if I had to turn to a full frame DSLR for work).  

If you're a photographer out there who fears using a mirrorless (Olympus OM-D E-M1, Fuji X-T1, Panasonic GX7body for your professional work don't be.   This shooting experience has only reinforced my personal move away from big DSLRs.  In a dream world with no budget limitations I'd have an E-M1, an A7r and an X-T1 as my working cameras.   In my next wedding post I will be sharing a short and sweet wedding ceremony shot entirely with Fuji X cameras to illustrate the quality of files.   

This isn't to say that there is anything that is wrong with the Canon/Nikon systems, but for someone like myself who uses photography as an outlet to be creative and to capture moments I realize even more so why I have made the switch to smaller camera systems.  My back and neck has and will thank me for not lugging around 10-15 pounds for the course of 8-10 hours!

Enough of my ranting, time for photos.....

All images were photographed as a second photographer for www.lightlyphoto.com - a Fort Worth based wedding photography company.  If you would like to see more photos from Lightly Photo from this wedding - click here and here.  

gear used:

canon 5D Mark III - canon 24-70mm F2.8L and 70-200mm F2.8L lenses



a glance
the ceremony
the party