Phoenix – Live In Concert

Phoenix performing on 21.07.2017 at the Out Of The Woods Festival in Wiesen. Austria

One of my favorite bands, Phoenix were playing at the Out Of The Woods Festival, Austria. I took the opportunity to test the new mirrorless Fuji X-T2 and its capabilities for concert photography.

Phoenix and the Fuji XT-2

I had the great pleasure to work with the French band Phoenix when they were headlining the Out Of The Woods Festival, Wiesen, Austria.

The portrait session was scheduled at 6pm in the backstage area and I had plans to shoot available light only. As so often with these portrait jobs, Phoenix arrived late at the venue and so we had to postpone the shooting to 7.30 pm. Ten minutes before I got a call from the record label lady that we have to postpone it again to 10.30pm shortly before they enter the stage. My plan to shoot in available light died and I had to find another solution. Only equipped with the Fuji X-T2, a 23mm f1.4, 16-55mm f2.8 and 50-140mm f2.8 I decided to do the portraits in their backstage train wagon using an aperture of 2.0 and ISO 3200. I had 2 min time.

Phoenix seems to be very relaxed with their photo policy. They allowed shooting the complete show from the pit and it was a joy using the Fuji-XT2. I´ll do a review about mirrorless cameras in concert photography soon. With this post I want you to judge if the Fuji is capable for concert photography.

Phoenix performing on 21.07.2017 at the Out Of The Woods Festival in Wiesen. Austria Thomas Mars of Phoenix performing on 21.07.2017 at the Out Of The Woods Festival in Wiesen. Austria Phoenix performing on 21.07.2017 at the Out Of The Woods Festival in Wiesen. Austria Phoenix performing on 21.07.2017 at the Out Of The Woods Festival in Wiesen. Austria Phoenix performing on 21.07.2017 at the Out Of The Woods Festival in Wiesen. Austria Phoenix performing on 21.07.2017 at the Out Of The Woods Festival in Wiesen. Austria Phoenix performing on 21.07.2017 at the Out Of The Woods Festival in Wiesen. Austria Phoenix performing on 21.07.2017 at the Out Of The Woods Festival in Wiesen. Austria Phoenix performing on 21.07.2017 at the Out Of The Woods Festival in Wiesen. Austria Phoenix performing on 21.07.2017 at the Out Of The Woods Festival in Wiesen. Austria Phoenix performing on 21.07.2017 at the Out Of The Woods Festival in Wiesen. Austria Phoenix performing on 21.07.2017 at the Out Of The Woods Festival in Wiesen. Austria Phoenix performing on 21.07.2017 at the Out Of The Woods Festival in Wiesen. AustriaPhoenix performing on 21.07.2017 at the Out Of The Woods Festival in Wiesen. Austria

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  • Surjit Soraisam

    Great works

  • Dawne “Pix” Meyers

    Love it!! Great shots. I just acquired a Fugi (older version) as a second camera and this makes me even more excited to see its capabilities in the pit!!

  • Eric

    Nice shots Matthias! How did you like shooting with the mirrorless compared to traditional DSLR?

    • rejectrepublicanlies

      Are you giving up the Nikon?

    • thanks Eric. It’s a different feeling and I enjoyed working with the Fuji system. It´s small and lightweight and your back doesn´t hurt after shooting for 90 min (complete concert). Let´s see…

  • Luis

    Nice shots! So are you sticking to the Fuji System from now on or do you think you’ll still use your Nikon?

    • Thanks Luis! Good question. I´ll write down the pros and cons in an upcoming article. Since I only rented the Fuji gear I am sticking to Nikon in the near future

  • Dany Pagani

    The photos look great! If this is how the X-T2 performs, I have a lot of optimism for how the X-T20 operates in a concert environment as well; as I understand the sensor for both is the same, and where the X-T20 is “lesser” are places I can learn to work around. I’m also really loving the lighter weight too; I am prone to shoulder/neck problems and if I want to work with heavier big lenses down the road, the camera can’t weigh a ton too.

  • Great shots, great photographer. I fell in love with the Fuji system at the Photography Show in the UK but can’t afford to swap from Canon full frame at present. Keep up the great work Matthias! #htbarp

  • Mark Dickson

    Hi again Matthias I would say the Fuji system is definitely suited to concert photography and very much enjoy your posts , it is definitely frustrating not getting Media Passes when you know you can shoot as good as if not better than what you see in the media . Thank you for providing a pathway for and inspiring so many , cheers mate !

  • Ronald

    You took cool pictures! which lense did you use for the concert shots?

    • Hi Ronald, thanks! I used a Fujinon 16-55mm f2.8 and 50-140mm f2.8