Fuji XF 18-55mm ƒ2.8-4 and XF 55-200mm ƒ/3.5-4.8 at the Chick-fil-A Bowl game

[Fujifilm X E2, 18-55mm, ISO 640, ƒ/2.8, 1/60]

I am not quite comfortable enough to shoot an assignment with the camera completely alone. The reason is not about the capabilities of the camera, but my knowledge of how to use it. Shooting with the Nikon D4 is second nature.

I must get to this point with the camera where I am not hunting for the control to change something on the camera.

[Fujifilm X E2, 18-55mm, ISO 6400, ƒ/5.6, 1/105]

I set the camera to shoot on Auto ISO RAW. The lowest ISO would be 200 and the highest 6400. I also set the shutter speed to 1/60 and would change that to 1/250 and 1/1000 depending on the situation.

[Fujifilm X E2, 18-55mm, ISO 640, ƒ/4.5, 1/220]

Every camera I have owned the auto focus has so many options that if you choose the right setup for a situation you get some incredible results. This is why most pros ask other pros if they are having trouble with a similar camera. Then if they are not, they ask them what settings they are using for a situation.

[Fujifilm X E2, 55-200mm, ISO 2500, ƒ/4.8, 1/500]

For the most part all these photos were custom white balanced using the ExpoDisc.

[Fujifilm X E2, 55-200mm, ISO 4000, ƒ/4.2, 1/500]

I really like the skin tones with the Fuji X E2. I also think their lenses are super sharp and great dynamic range and color.

[Fujifilm X E2, 55-200mm, ISO 5000, ƒ/4.8, 1/500]

All the images I processed using Adobe Lightroom 5.3.

[Fujifilm X E2, 55-200mm, ISO 4000, ƒ/4.8, 1/500]

I had just bought the new Fuji 55-200mm and this was the first time using it.

[Fujifilm X E2, 55-200mm, ISO 2500, ƒ/3.6, 1/500]

I loved how the lens felt in the hands. It was well balanced and well built.

[Fujifilm X E2, 55-200mm, ISO 6400, ƒ/4.8, 1/500]

Shooting the coin up close with the 55-200mm as well as shooting from the press box were two extremes where the image stabilization really showed how good it worked. I was pleased with the results of handheld photos in both of those situations.

The reason I am so excited about the Fuji is weight. Here is a photo my wife took of me in the press box shooting.

Photo by Dorie Griggs

I was carrying all this on me using the backpack and the ThinkTank modular belt system from 1:00 pm to 1:30 am.

  • 2 – Nikon D4 cameras
  • Nikon 14-24mm ƒ/2.8
  • Nikon 28-300mm ƒ/3.5-5.6
  • Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8
  • Sigma 1.4 converter
  • Shure Wireless lavalier microphone system
  • Nikon SB900 with spare batteries
  • 2 – Spare batteries for the Nikon D4
  • 10 – CF, XQR and SD cards
  • Fujifilm X E2
  • Fujifilm XF 18-55mm
  • Fujifilm XF 55-200mm
  • Manfroto MonoPod
I think I could cut this all the way down to 20% of what I was carrying if I just added one more Fuji X E2 and let go of all the Nikon gear.
I will be keeping my Nikon system until I can comfortably shoot sports and video with the Fuji system like I can now with the Nikon D4. There is a chance that some of this is just my ability to use the Fuji X system. 
I can tell you I will be shooting a lot more with the Fuji system.