I am a Nikon shooter. I love my Nikons. Let me just say this first. I have currently been experiencing wrist and back fatigue from carrying around my full pro bodies. These include the Nikon D4 and D3s. These cameras are monsters! Along with their weight and size the image quality that these produce are outstanding, so it is hard for me to look at any other camera systems.
After chatting with some friends about the new Fujifilm X-Pro2, I decided to purchase. I was told that this camera was great but probably couldn't float as a main working camera. Which I understand. Full frame vs. mirrorless crop sensor. I started taking the X-Pro2 with me everywhere. I wanted to get familiar with the control layouts and it responded to different lighting situations photographing friends and family. Images created were outstanding. Why couldn't I work professionally with this camera?
Last week I decided to take the X-Pro2 with me on an engagement session. I didn't want it to be the only camera just incase it didn't stand up to the challenge or give me trouble. I brought the Nikon D4 along as well to make sure I was still able to deliver a solid product to my paying clients.
Below are images made with the Nikon D4 and the Fujifilm X-Pro2. All have been processed through Lightroom for color correction. Side my side I feel it's really hard to tell the difference. The X-Pro2 handled everything perfectly. I have tried to provide similar images from each for comparison, same pose/lighting situation. I am limited on lenses for the Fuji so the 35mm F/2 stayed on the body. This thing is sharp and weather sealed which make me confident on adventures. The Nikon was the 85mm F/1.4. I love this lens. It rarely leaves my camera.
I'm currently not trying to out-do the Nikon D4. Just give me a super small lightweight camera that makes images comparable to a full pro body. I chatted with my couple about the two cameras. They mentioned that the Nikon with the 85mm was a bit intimidating whenever I was photographing them. I can only imagine what the 70-200mm would feel like. Whenever I was using the Fuji they were a bit more relaxed. You can argue that this is the photographer's responsibility to make their subject feel comfortable, and yes it is. But why not get some help on that with a smaller camera. Just my opinion.
Also! Super thanks to Kristin and Tim for being an awesome couple. They were great the whole way through! Cheers!
Let me know what you think!