Dave Kai Piper

X-Pert 53 Interview


Dave Kai Piper Is A Fujifilm X-Photographer From the UK. Specialising in fashion he also has a passion for portraiture photography..

Since the launch of the X-System with the release of the X-Pro1 back in 2012 Dave Kai Piper has been an advocate of Fujifilm and a photographer who continues to demonstrate what their cameras and their lenses are capable of, promoting their true potential. Based in fashion, Dave has a unique eye that not only takes inspired shots but also celebrates the relationships the photographer has between between his subject and his camera system. Portraiture photography is a passion of his and one can see why through the remarkable galleries that Dave has shared that demonstrate both the Fuji XF35mm f/2 and XF35mm f/1.4 lenses competent abilities at producing industry standard shots. Dave Kai Piper should be a source of inspiration for any photographer wishing to use the XF35mm lenses for both fashion and portrait photography. It's an honour to have him take the X-pert 53 interview.

Here is Dave's X-pert 53.

1. What Genre Of Photography Do You Specialise In?

I will try and keep to shorter answers – these days I say that I shoot fashion based portraiture. That seems to be the area I fall into mostly. I am forever exploring new things, new ideas and looking to evolve forward


2. Why Do You Like Using The XF35mm Lenses?

The 35mm was the very first lens that I got with the camera – almost 5 years ago.  It's still going strong and is a lens that I can trust to get the job done. It's been used to photograph weddings, funerals, rock stars and everything in the middle. I have both the 35mm f2 and the 35mm f1.4. I know who much prefer the speed and the compact nature of the newer f2 version, but, I find the f1.4 to be the better lens for my work.   As everyone who has used a 35mm on aAPS-C camera will tell you – its a great all round focal length for everything.


3. What Do You Like Photographing The Best With Your XF35mm Lens/Lenses? Why Your Choice?

It's my go to lens when I might not know what I am going to shoot, as I said before, I have photographed everything from weddings, funerals, rockstars, and horse jockeys.  The real fun thing about the lense is shooting it wide open though. Why have a lens like this and not shoot at f1.4.


4. Do You Shoot Professionally With The XF35mm Lenses?

Many times. In fact, while I was helping out my buddy Simon Quarrie on a film shoot ( I was shooting some BTS images) I was asked to shoot some portraits of the lead actor. With the 35mm I know I have a comfy range to start from.


5. Fuji XF35mm F/1.4 Or Fuji XF35 F/2? Why Your Choice?

For me, I do prefer the f1.4.  I did shoot some of the advertisements for the f2 lens though. It was a shoot on a roof top with a bunch of Harley Davidson bikes – great shoot ! I think I do prefer that extra light though. Shooting at 1.4 can be quite a difference at times, plus, I am not sure but, the 1.4 lens seems sharper wide open.


6. How Often Do You Reach For Your XF35mm Lens/Lenses?

Pretty much every time I shoot – its always a lens on my mind, even more so when working with natural light.


7. Could You Live With Just An XF35mm Lens In Your Photography Bag?

I have done many times.  I ride a motorbike & taking the 35mm on the X-Pro2 is a simple way to make sure I never miss a sunset. 


8. Do You Like To Use Available Light Or Studio Light With Your XF35mm Lens/Lenses?

Both – it's a lens with a wide range of characteristics that are suited to both a studio and a location shoot.  I do tend to use the lens wide open then I can, so I would guess that I end up using it outside more often.


9. What Fuji-X Camera Body Do You Prefer To Use The XF35mm Lenses On? Why Your Choice?

I have been using the X-series cameras extensively since the launch of the X-Pro & I have used the XF almost daily since.  Currently I shoot on a pair of X-Pro2's but I loved them on the X-T's just as much. 


10.Do You Have Any Favourite Photographs Using The XF35mm Lenses?

Over the years I have shot thousands images on the 35mm lenses – yet I have never actually pulled them all together in Lightroom and compared how many made my portfolios. I am not sure what it says about how I use the lens as I know I used to use the lenses more than I do now. I think that's due to the fact that there is wider range of lenses out today such as the 56mm f1.2 and 90mm. See the collection I've included.


11.Finish This Line: The Fuji XF35mm Lenses Are… 

...worth every penny. 

XF35mm f/1.4 gallery by Dave Kai Piper

XF35mm F/2 Gallery By Dave Kai Piper