With only a week before I head to the Magnum Workshop at the Scotiabank CONTACT Festival I wanted to post some thoughts on using the right rig for the job. On a day-to-day basis I use my (now discontinued) Nikon D3s the most (and its got about another year left in it). My Nikon D3x is for my studio work (again, for about another year) and then there’s my recently purchased Fujifilm X-Pro 1.
The X-Pro 1 wasn’t a cheap purchase, but an important one. And after about a week of working with this camera I absolutely LOVE IT! But, while already owning two of arguably the best 35mm DSLRs on the market, why would I drop a couple of grand on a mirrorless? Well, sometimes carrying around a full body, full frame camera makes absolutely no sense. And the Magnum Workshop is the perfect example of this.
When it comes down to it, the Magnum Workshop is a street photography and photojournalism workshop. I anticipate walking through the streets of Toronto, talking to people and taking their picture while going about their lives. No need for a bazooka here! The X-Pro 1 is a small, unassuming package with great performance. I want the best photo opportunities possible and my Nikons, to the general public, are intimidating. In addition, I’m going to be walking around Toronto for an entire week (maybe I should get a GPS app’ to see how many km’s I do…). The Nikon is heavy. I personally think its a ‘good heavy,’ but heavy nonetheless. It would definitely require a BlackRapid strap, but honestly, my shoulder would still get sore after seven days straight (and R Straps seem to becoming a fashion statement for hip photog’s). No thanks. Of course, the same thing goes for the lenses. With my X-Pro 1 I’m using my little Crumpler Bag that kind of looks like a “murse.” I’ll be packed light and able to go most places.
Now, in no way am I hating on my Nikons. I LOVE my Nikon babies! I haven’t decided which one is coming with me, but one surely will. Hell, I’m even thinking about bringing my Quadra Rangers… But, as a professional photographer there is a right place and right time for your gear and showing up prepared, with the right tools is essential.