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  • Writer's pictureMark Haysom

Battle of Bedford 2019 at the Bedford Corn Exchange.

Updated: Jun 5, 2020

I know not our normal wedding or an engagement shoot or even corporate event come to that. This is the Battle of Bedford 2019 held at the Bedford Corn Exchange which we went along to support as our Son had entered which also conveniently tied in with some new Fuji camera gear that had just arrived, an ideal opportunity to give the gear its own work out in some challenging lighting conditions. Additional pictures can be found in the Family & Events section on our website

We used the Fuji X-H1 with battery grip and the Fujifilm 50-140mm f2.8 lens for all the shots, both the body and lens have image stabilisation which helped in allowing us to use a slower shutter speed and consequently a lower iso. As for the aperture we stuck to f2.8 for most of the time only unintentionally jumping to f22 when we knock the aperture ring by mistake! The pictures were taken from the balcony which is at the back of the hall so a good distance from the stage.

So how did we find our first outing with the Fuji gear? Well overall very impressed especially considering it's the first time we have used the body and lens. Moving over to a mirrorless camera from a Canon 5D mkIII is not an inconsequential move, in fact, we have been considering the switch for a little over two years before taking the plunge. I know its early days but having an EVF is great, being able to see what you are really capturing is fantastic but as often is the case its the little things in life that make a big difference and in his case the electronic spirit level in the EVF was awesome! The time saved in post leveling up pictures will make a significant difference, especially working through thousands of wedding day pictures. Okay, it's far more than just leveling and we will add to our blog over the coming months for example pictures taken with the various Fuji lenses we have and observations on the camera its self along with the Speedlight route we have decided to use and why.

For now, a few more example pictures using the Fuji X-H1 body & 50-140mm f2.8 lens.

More detailed reviews and findings from our experiences with the Fuji set up in the months to come.

Thanks, Mark.

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