James Day

James day shotkit camera gear

Anyone that has followed me over the years will know that I’m constantly reassessing the gear that I shoot with. I’m forever working out ways to simplify my kit, be lighter on my feet and also have the latest technology available to me.

I love mirrorless cameras and the opportunities they open up, and recently I made the switch from a Fuji X-T2 to the Sony a9.

While I loved my X-T2, I was searching for what was next for me and found that having eye AF and better high ISO capabilities were important to me.

[Ed – See Fuji X-T2 review and Sony a9 review for a comparison of these two great cameras!]

Throughout the day I typically shoot 35mm and 85mm for the majority of my images, yet my dance floor images would be more with the 12-24mm lens.

I have a 55mm f/1.8 for when I want a compact do-anything kind of lens, and I also have the 50mm f/0.95 for when I want all the Bokeh!

[Ed – check out more of the best Sony lenses]

So, in my kit you’ll find:

Sony a9 x2
Sony 12-24mm f/4
Sony 35mm f/1.4
Mitakon 50mm f/0.95
Sony 55mm f/1.8
Sony 85mm f/1.4

Godox X1T trigger
Godox TT350s flash x2

Magmod grids & gels

Clamp for clamping flash to random surfaces.

Inside James’ camera bag:


Fuji X-T1 wedding photography

Hey folks! My name is James Day & I’m from Australia! WOOHOO! I’m a wedding photographer from Australia… and live in a little beachside suburb called Woonona which is an hour south of Sydney. I’ve just turned 30… which sounds really old to me..but I don’t feel old.

I’ve been photographing weddings for nearly 12 years now. It’s all I know! I started off shooting a bit of everything, but it didn’t take long to realise that wedding photography was the thing I wanted to do as a career.

I shoot primarily with a Fujifilm set up.. but like to dabble in a bit of film as well.

I like to keep my kit quite light and simple, so I will happily take things out if I think it will hold me back. If I’m shooting solo and am anticipating a big day, I’ll take the film gear out of the kit before I fly out.

I’ve always placed more importance on the interaction that I have with the subject over the gear that I use, so the understated Fuji X-T1 and the Fuji X-T1 lenses suit me quite well.

Fuji Camera

2x Fujifilm X-T1. – I like this camera for a few reasons. It’s focus is 100% accurate, it’s light, and the EVF is a game changer. Because the majority of weddings I shoot I have to fly to, I love having a kit that I can easily take on the plane and have with me at all times.

Fuji xt1 lenses

Fuji 10-24mm f/4
My favourite Fujifilm lens for the “epic shot”

Fuji 23mm f/1.4
35mm equivalent which just can’t be beat for photojournalistic images from a wedding.

Fuji 56mm f/1.2
85mm equivalent which I use for the portrait session. It’s compact, yet still delivers beautiful Bokeh. This lens can’t be beaten.

Fuji 60mm f/2.4 macro
To be honest I don’t really like this lens…It’s slow… and well.. I use it once a day… so I get by. I hear there’s a new macro lens coming, so i’ll be jumping on that :-)

Fuji 50-140mm f/2.8
70-200 equivalent and a great ceremony lens.

Fuji xt1 flash

Nissin i40 flash x2 (only 1 featured)
It’s a great little flash which is reliable and super easy to use.

Cheapo Ebay Yonguo RF-602 Triggers.
Um, $20. Can’t say no.


Lucky Camera Straps
People always comment on the camera straps and how much they love them. They’ll even custom deboss your name on them!

Custom Polaroid Camera from The Instant Camera Guy
I use this when I have a bit of time up my sleeve to bring back some of the magic of photography for the client. Having them pull the print from the negative is quite a magic experience for everyone involved.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 – For a few snapshots throughout the day.

Fuji Instax Share SP-1 printer – to print out some images from the Fuji X-T1‘s wirelessly. Every photographer should have one of these. I can transfer images from the X-T1 directly to the printer… and it prints out onto the instax mini film. So cool.

Contax 645 with Contax 80mm f/2.0 lens + Fuji Pro 400H film.
I use this to remind me to slow down, take a few extra moments, compose and frame the image beautifully and then wait for the next 2 weeks while it’s at the lab to see how I did. I love shooting some film at a wedding as it’s an easy way to do a little extra for your client.

Bowtie from Forage – It’s an essential part of the kit!

Little book just above the bowtie – little peel and stick album for the instax mini images from Photo Mounts and Albums.

To the right of the book – Instax Mini Film.

Not featured: Batteries and Memory cards.

10x Sandisk Extreme Pro 280mb p/second version – 64GB
I like the speed that they offer both in writing to the card, but also transferring to the computer.

Batteries: I carry 14x batteries for the Fuji, however I tend to only use around 4-6 per day.

Inside James’ Camera bag:


  1. Hannah Millerick on June 8, 2018 at 9:57 am

    I’m thrilled to have landed here. I’m done with Nikon. My D4s ($7,000) has had so many issues. My recent Fuji FxPro purchase has made me realise there’s more to life than Nikon and Canon. I live in remote Alice Springs and I’m ready to invest for a switch.

  2. Sasa on January 27, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    This is one of my favourite features on Shotkit. After that I started following James online – he does beautiful job! I do hope that one day I’ll be able to try X-T1 on one of my weddings – James is my Yoda :)

  3. Sebastien on January 24, 2016 at 5:49 am

    Hey James, just saw a video of yours on YouTube last night, loved your box with Polaroids, anyways..I’m actually getting a x-t1 this weekend and was wondering where you happen to get that leather brown strap on your body. Thanks

  4. Robert Gitiche on November 26, 2015 at 8:11 am

    James, you got me wanting to use film! breathtaking images!

  5. Mihaela on July 30, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    I love that kit. I want to include a roll of film during my weddings, but I am still not very confident with shooting on film, so I am just still practicing around :)

  6. Corey on July 22, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Hey James, love your work – you’re inspiring! I’ve just taken the plunge and am about to shoot my first wedding on Fuji after lugging heavy Canon gear around for years. Wish me luck!

    I noticed in the video you had the Fuji EF42 flash attached but above you mention the Nissin i40 (which is also pictured). Just keen to learn why you now prefer the Nissin and if it works seamlessly with the Yongnuo triggers, or if you had to adapt it?

    Thanks in advance!

  7. James Day on July 7, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Hey Kevin,

    I remember printing a 30×40 inch print from a 6 megapixel Fuji s2 pro and being amazed at how good it looked… so 16 megapixels just isn’t an issue… :-)

    Hey Alejandro,

    Yep, I still shoot the Fuji as well as the Nikon in a few situations where I needed faster continuous focusing, however with the new firmware update, I’m looking forward to putting the Nikon away again!


  8. Kevin cary on June 6, 2015 at 3:47 am

    Hey James,
    Love your work and the video you have of your typical day of shooting a wedding is awesome. I was considering moving from my Canon 5DMII and bunch of lenses to the Fuji xt1 system, but I’m worried about resolution. Is it high enough to be able to make large albums? Say a 2 page spread that would give a 60×30? I’d love to know your opinion about that.

  9. Alejandro on June 1, 2015 at 3:26 am

    Hi James
    Do you still using Fuji camera?. I see some of your photos were taken with Nikon D750.
    I have a X-T1 + 14mm+23+56mm and a Canon 5D MKIII+ Sigma 35 and i´m thinking change the 5D and the sigma for another X-T1 + Fuji 50-14mm or 90mm. It´s dificult for me take this decision.

  10. Daniel Kaplan on May 28, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Looking at your website James, it looks like you’ve made a switch from Fuji to Nikon with the D750? Can you tell us a bit about that? Thanks!

  11. Brad on May 28, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Hey James!

    Do you notice much difference between the Fuji files/lenses (bokeh, colours, dynamic range), compared to bigger DSLRs?



    • James Day on May 28, 2015 at 7:09 pm

      Hey Brad! Not a whole lot no… Bokeh is obviously a little less as it’s a smaller sensor… Colours are better (fuji is known for their colours!) and dynamic range is a really strong point in these too. Biggest gripes are the AF and the flash system.

  12. Jared Lindsay on May 28, 2015 at 5:52 am

    I’m very interested to hear what James thinks of the new Fuji X-T10

    • James Day on May 28, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      Hey Jared, I have only had a very quick play with it! The new focusing system looked awesome. Much faster! That was the main thing I noticed!

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