Jaime Avila

X-Pert 53 Interview

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Jaime Avila is a Fuji-X Photographer from Mexico. He has a passion for shooting societies peculiarities that seldom are noticed by the majority. 

Jaime is also a self taught photographer who after a Summer school at New York University began to take his photography seriously, embarking on capturing the focuses that interested him the most. He feels that the Fuji-X camera systems make him invisible which in his line of work, especially in his portraiture, is essential to best capture the people and the moment. He was also a volunteer photographer for the TED Prize Winner JR and the InsideOut Project and photographs food both for editorial and commercial use with his wife, Chef Jacky. I am delighted to have Jaime grace the 53mm website with his outstanding eye and style and demonstrate his signal take on using the XF35mm lenses.

Here is Jaime's X-pert 53.

1. What Genre Of Photography Do You Specialise In?

Mostly, on the personal side, I do a lot of street photography and candid portraits. On the commercial side, I specialize in food photography, and documental wedding photography every now and then.

2. Why Do You Like Using The XF35mm Lenses?

XF35 lenses are quick, sharp, and extremely portable. I really like the 50mm(ish) equivalent POV, it makes me to be close to my subjects. I’ve used this lens for a while now, so I can easily predict what's in my frame and whatever it's not without even looking into the viewfinder or screen.

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

Both, street photography and weddings. I find them both alike. Pursuing a moment that happens in a split of a second and yet remaining invisible to the subjects.

Why Your Choice?

It really forces me to get into the action without having to involve myself into the situation and spoil an important moment.

4. Do You Shoot Professionally With The XF35mm Lenses?

Yes, it's always my first choice for nearly every photo I need to get done.

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

I prefer XF35mm F/1.4 since it's the one I own. I've tried the F/2 a couple of times, but I still prefer the extra aperture stop rather than the faster focussing speed the F/2 offers.

Why Your Choice?

I guess I'm just too used to my F/1.4 that I can't just find a good reason to make the switch.

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

I take the 35mm every time with me, whether it is in my bag or attached to the camera. I’d say I use it nearly 90% of the time, unless I’m working on something in particular (in this case, my choice woudl be the 18mm).

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

I would really miss having a wide angle for some shots, but yes. I think I could live with just a 35mm on my bag. 

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

I use both, being natural light my choice most of the time.

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

X-T1 is the body I have used for a while now, and looking forward to give X-Pro2 a try.

Why Your Choice?

I’ve found the X-T1 very versatile. It is quick, silent and small enough to be used for street photography, but also capable enough for professional or commercial photos.

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

Sure do

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

…a must for every X-Series shooter. A reliable workhorse.

Iain Palmer

Abundant Magazine