So finally, we get to the main event – the real reason that I got the X-Pro2. All the other assignments were just dress rehearsals for this main event.
I had an assignment to photography Ballet Jorgen in an afternoon performance at the CoC free concert series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre. Usually for dance assignments, I would have the D4 & D4s bodies with me but having those cameras hammering away at 10 fps would just be too noisy. The requirement for this job - total silence, no noise from the cameras as this was a live performance in front of an audience seemed tailor made for a mirrorless camera.
I needed a camera with an electronic shutter, which all of the X-series cameras seem to have now. However, in the past I had not been too happy with the X-T1’s AF performance for dance and the lag in the EVF when shooting in burst mode.
The new X-Pro2 has the faster processor, more focus PFAF points than the X-T1 and had RAW compression – all the things I had hoped that the X-T1 would get get via firmware (but because it was a hardware upgrade, not possible) and that was the reason I had the X-Pro2 with me on this assignment.
Here are some sample photos I captured with the X-Pro2 with the 18-55 kit lens.
Adrian Ramirez Juarez with Taylor Gill
The men of Ballet Jorgen performing a piece by Allan Kaeja
An excerpt from their original production of Sleeping Beauty
Taylor Gill & Kealan McLaughlin
Addition images can be found at my website:
Thank you to Ballet Jörgen Canada, Canadian Opera Company & Four Seasons Centre for access to their event. Also thanks to Fujifilm Canada for access to the X-Pro2 camera.