David Oisthoorn

What you are looking at is a result of years of playing, testing & getting things wrong. I think every photographer goes through a few years of trying to work out their style, trying to find what works for them and what doesn’t. I had 4 flashes, now I have 1 (barely used). I had 2 zoom lenses, now I have 6 primes. I had tripods & light stands, now I wear dickie bows. Things change.

My photography gear story started with a Canon 400D, bought from a dodgy looking chap on a street in Lanzarote. It was my baby! I love that thing and still do! It has a pride of place on a shelf in the office. It’s always nice to pick it up and remember where it all started. From then it went something like this:

Canon 20D – Canon 7D – Canon 5D – Canon 5D mark II and finally to the Canon 5D mark III.

I started off with zoom lenses. Shooting weddings with a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 and a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8. This worked great for me but after purchasing a 50mm prime my whole game changed. I loved it! Primes needed to be in my life! So I sold my zooms and made the jump!

I now shoot with Canon 35mm f/1.4, Canon 50mm f/1.2, Canon 85mm f/1.2 and a Canon 135mm f/2. Every one of them has such incredible glass and are such fun lenses to shoot with! The 35 & 50 shoot 95% of the wedding day.

I love my Canon 5D mark III for so many reasons! What an incredible piece of kit! Its auto focusing and low light capabilities really make it such a perfect camera for weddings.

BUT! Yes, there is always a but! The Fujifilm X-T1!

If you’re not aware of mirrorless systems yet you’ve been asleep! Wake up! These things are the real game changers! I can’t get over this little camera. Such incredible possibilities from something so small. I originally bought it as a travel camera but the more I played around with it the more I realised that this light little camera packs a serious punch. I have shot 5 weddings with it now and I love it. Along with the Fujifilm 23mm f/1.4 R (35mm equivalent) & Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 R (50mm equivalent) lenses I think I’ve found something that could convert me.

I have had and still do have a great relationship with my Canon gear. Is the Fujifilm X-T1 going to change that? Could I be tempted to trade all that L glass and my 5D in and get a second Fujifilm body?? I’m not sure… I’m on the fence! For now I shoot with both but check back with me in a few months! :)



  1. Tim on May 30, 2017 at 1:23 am

    Love your work David, Was just looking on your website.
    Are you still all Fuji?

  2. Turquil on April 28, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    I used to shoot with my Canon 500D for a few years, then got my 6D about two years ago. I love my Canon kit but traveling with them is just so cumbersome that I decided to get the Fuji X-E2 with the kit lens. Love it too BUT (like you said, there’s always a but) the autofocus is just a bit slow for me especially in low light. And I have to bring at least two extra batteries every time. Still, I find it hard to let go of my Fuji camera. My heart is torn between these two. If only I could afford investing on both.

  3. Jared Lindsay on January 11, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    I have just made the transition from Canon to Fuji last month. It started with the X-100s 1 1/2 yrs ago – I knew then that I wanted to go Fuji. Within the last 2 months I have purchased the X-100T, and the X-T10 and the 35 f2 WR. I’m set to shoot my first full Fuji wedding on 1/16/16. So happy with my switch. I am a Fuji man now and loving it!

  4. David Olsthoorn on January 13, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Thanks for featuring me Mark!
    Looks super!


    • John on June 6, 2016 at 6:11 am

      David, have you had a chance to try out the x-pro II, and where are you at today, nearly a year and a half later?

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