When I photograph weddings I use Canon dSLRs as well as Fuji mirrorless cameras. Different tools for different parts of the day. I regularly see conversations where people compare the use of mirrorless cameras with dSLRs and wonder how different the end result is, so I decided to capture two different weddings with the two different systems on days with very similar light at the same venue and create a comparison of similar shots.
The equipment I used was as follows:
Canon 5d Mark 3s
135 f2 L
Sigma 85mm 1.4
50mm 1.2 L
Two different tools
Some people ask me why I use two different systems. The reason is that I find they are both suited to different parts of the wedding day and my aim is to capture the day in the best way I possibly can. I’ve found that for me that is done by sometimes using a dSLR and sometimes using a mirrorless camera.
Typically when I am documenting the story I am using the smaller, quieter mirrorless cameras, I’m using the flip screens to remain inconspicuous and not affect the moment and I’m using electronic shutters to remain silent, they allow me to get closer without intimidating people because of how small and quiet they are.
I’m switching to my dSLRs during portraits and group shots because I want the full frame depth of field. I want to isolate my subjects much more dramatically and these cameras are also very robust as I’m often rolling around on the floor or climbing into bushes when taking portraits.
Ultimately the cameras are just tools, they do have some unique ways that each system works differently but the photographer itself is much more important than the tool they are using.
So here is the comparison of the images. The Canon dSLR on the left and the Fuji Mirrorless on the right