I've been shooting a lot with my Fuji X-Pro1, and it turns out Fuji was actually paying attention. After seeing what I've been up to, Billy, one of the 'Fuji Guys', reached out to me asking if I would be interested in joining the X-Photographers. So, what does that mean?
1) Fuji has a program aptly named the Fuji X-Photographers, which is basically a select group of photographers from different parts of the world that use the Fuji X system in their work. These photographers test gear that has yet to be released to the public, and provide feedback to the company in terms of what works, what doesn't, and what could be done to make it better. They are also a big help in guiding Fuji to create firmware updates that improve the performance of existing products.
2) I can't talk about any products that are not yet released to the public, so don't bother asking. I had to sign a NDA when I agreed to work with Fuji, and telling you what's coming down the pipeline is hardly worth the risk of getting my ass sued.
3) I'm still able to say whatever I want about the Fuji products. If something sucks, I can openly say it sucks, and I made sure of that before agreeing to be part of the group. That being said, most of what Fuji releases is pretty awesome, so you can't fault me if I discover more pros than cons when working with the system. I'm not in the habit of partnering with companies that suck.
4) I'm not going to be a strictly Fuji photographer, this is not a sponsorship. I will have shoots that require more than the X system can provide, and as a working photographer I simply use whatever tools best fit the job. On some days that will be Fuji, and on other days it will be my Nikon's. When I use the X system, I'll tell Fuji about what works for me, and what doesn't, and they will take that info and use it in whatever way they see fit.
5) If I do write a review on one of their products, I'll be honest about it, and it won't be a super technical style of review. I am not a pixel peeper, and I don't read the manuals of my camera's from front to back memorizing every function. I only pay attention to the functions that allow me to use the camera in the best way possible to get an image out of my head and onto the sensor. I don't have time for anything else, so the reviews I give will be from a working perspective, and how well they work in the situations I use them in. There are plenty of other places you can review every spec possible, this won't be one of them.
6) This blog will not become a giant Fuji ad. Yes, I will say in my posts when I use the X system, but I will also say in my posts when I use my Nikon gear. Aspiring photographers enjoy reading about the gear used on a particular shoot, and being that I imagine a lot of the folk who visit this blog are just that, I will continue to do so. I have been using the X system a lot for personal work, and I plan on shooting a lot more personal work moving forward as I haven't been doing that nearly enough, so it may pop up a lot more than it has in the past, but that's just how I've decided to shoot things lately.
7) Actually... I think that's it.
So there you have it. Full disclosure, because that's how I roll.
You can check out some of my recent work with the Fuji X-Pro1 by clicking HERE.