Patrick Stoll

X-Pert 53 Interview


Patrick Stoll is a Fujifilm X-Photographer from Switzerland. He has a passion for the outdoors and this has enabled Him to be skilled at photographer at capturing beautiful remote places. he also enjoys shooting dancers and Athletes.

Patrick has grown up with a love for the adventurous outdoors. His interest in photography started at a young age with his first SLR camera being acquired at 16. Since then his cameras have accompanied him on many a climbing and hiking exhibition as well as to Ethiopia and Eritrea where he was a UN Military Observer. The weather sealed qualities of the Fujifilm cameras suite his style and photographic focus perfectly and his shots of faraway and isolated places are beguiling to say the least. It's a real pleasure to have him and his beautiful photographs embellish the X-pert 53 interviews.

Here is Patrick's X-pert 53.

1. What Genre Of Photography Do You Specialise In?

For my clients, I shoot very often people – be it in the studio or on location. For my personal work, I love to shoot dancers/athletes and also landscapes. Additionally, I like to combine both components in a picture and shoot people embedded in landscapes. When this combination happens in the mountains, I’m in the photographer’s heaven

2. Why Do You Like Using The XF35mm Lenses?

It was the first Fuji lens I bought. Before Fuji, I was a Canon shooter and had several zoom lenses and flashes. So, initially, I just wanted to test Fuji before investing in a completely new system. I decided to finally buy a prime lens with a very large aperture that wouldn’t cost a fortune. The 35mm F1.4 was a perfect match.

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

I shoot landscapes with it but also portraits. When hiking or mountaineering, weight is an important factor. More often than not, I put the 35mm on my camera and start my trip. Having just one lens with me forces me to think and compose in a certain way. I like that

Why Your Choice?

In the studio, I often choose the 35mm lens when I need a little more width than with the 56mm (e.g. shooting moving dancers). Outdoors, I choose it mostly for weight reasons. The cool thing, however, is the fact that this lens is way more than a fallback option.

4. Do You Shoot Professionally With The XF35mm Lenses?

Yes, I shot landscapes for a client’s annual calendar, I shoot portraits with it and I used it for lifestyle shoots in the mountains.

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

I own the F/1.4 simply because it existed first. I love the size and built quality of the lens. I haven’t looked at the F/2 yet. I’m sure it’s a great lens and the weather resistant built would probably be a plus for outdoor shootings, but so far I’ve never had an issue with the 1.4.

Why Your Choice?

see above.

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

Hard to say. For this interview, I just filtered my photos in Lightroom looking for pictures taken with this lens. I took more than 3000 pictures with the lens.

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

Personally, yes. From time to time I decide to use just one lens for a while. I think the 35mm is very versatile. If I want a wider view, I just create a panorama shot.

Professionally, I doubt it. Depending on the assignment, I do need other focal lengths as well to create what my clients want.

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

I like it for both. 1.4 is excellent for available work and the lens is really sharp when wide open. So it’s great for events like weddings or outdoor portraiture, but it also shines in the studio.

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

I own 2 X-T1’s and 2 X-T2’s. As long as there is no tethered shooting with the X-T2, I’ll use the 35mm on the X-T1 in the studio. For outdoor assignment, I use the X-T2.

Why Your Choice?

The X-T1 was the first weather sealed camera and therefore my choice when I started my relationship with Fuji. So the X-T2 is a logical upgrade and from what I can say so far, it is an excellent camera.

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

I do, yes. Last year, I attended a mountaineering course in the Alps and had only my 35mm lens with me. I think, I managed to shoot some very decent pictures. Other pictures were taken in the studio, mostly with people moving quite a bit, like dancers.

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

… excellent lenses, at least the 1.4, which I know. They are small, lightweight and very sharp. The field of view is very “natural” and forces the photographer to compose or “zoom with their feet”.