I saved £500 on my dream Fujifilm hybrid camera and lens on Black Friday

Fujifilm X-T5 being held by DCW reviewer
(Image credit: Future)

As a commercial photographer, the need for hybrid shooting has increased dramatically – as I often only get considered for jobs if I can also supply video for social media content. As my workflow is often fast-paced, I required a hybrid camera that could do both stills and video if called upon, and thanks to the Black Friday camera deals, I found that one of the best hybrid cameras had a great deal!

The Fujifilm X-T5 is a camera that I have had my eye on for a while, and its video capabilities would certainly allow me to create high-end video content for clients. The capability to capture high-quality 6K/30P, 10-bit 4:2:2 video and record to both Apple ProRes and Blackmagic RAW was a huge selling point, and to get that in the small compact body of the X-T5 was a plus. It would also allow me to continue using the amazing Fujifilm film simulations that I utilize on my Fujifilm GFX 50S II medium format camera to maintain a consistent workflow. 

Fujifilm X-T5 Digital Camera Body (Silver) + Fujifilm XF 56mm f1.2 R Lens | was £2,298 | now £1,798
Save £500 at Wex including cashback

Fujifilm X-T5 Digital Camera Body (Silver) + Fujifilm XF 56mm f1.2 R Lens | was £2,298 | now £1,798
Save £500 at Wex including cashback
The X-T5 is a powerful hybrid camera, capable of capturing exquisite detailed stills and high-end video. The 40MP X-Trans CMOS sensor and powerful X-Processor 5 enable fast and accurate AF for photographers and videographers. 

Fujifilm X-T5 Digital Camera Body (Black) + Fujifilm XF 56mm f1.2 R Lens | was £2298 | now £1,798 
Save £500 at Wex including cashback

Fujifilm X-T5 Digital Camera Body (Black) + Fujifilm XF 56mm f1.2 R Lens | was £2298 | now £1,798
Save £500 at Wex including cashback
 The XF 56mm offers an 85mm-equivalent focal length and a super-fast maximum aperture of f1.2. Perfect for portraiture, this lens will enable the capture of beautiful bokeh and sharp details. 

The deal at Wex saved me £500 and included an exceptional lens, considered one of the best Fujifilm lenses, and is loved by many Fujifilm X shooters - the Fujifilm XF 56mm f1.2 R. Equivalent to full-frame 85mm, it is the perfect focal length for portraiture. The large f/1.2 aperture enables fast and accurate AF and beautiful bokeh fall-off, and it is extremely sharp, capturing great details.

I must confess, as a Brit, Black Friday is still very much a new concept to me, and I have never taken advantage of the sales before, but I couldn't pass up this great deal. It would allow me to level up my practice, by offering higher-quality video, quickly and efficiently. Time is a precious commodity when working commercially with turnarounds often being very tight, the Fujifilm X-T5 would allow me to quickly get the video at the same time as the stills.

This superb deal is still live, but I don't imagine it for much longer - so don't dither!

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Kalum Carter
Staff Writer

Kalum Carter is a UK-based photographer, writer, and photo editor. Kalum has been working as a freelance photographer for the best part of ten years, covering a wide range of assignments for well-known brands and publications in areas including portraiture, fashion, and documentary. 


Between commercial assignments, Kalum is currently working on a personal photography project exploring his connection to the Gower region of South Wales UK, as part of an MA in Photography from The University of West England.