Rinzi Ruiz

X-pert 53 Interview

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Fujifilm X-Photographer Rinzi Ruiz Is A freelance Photographer Based In los angeles. 

Rinzi is the photographer who influenced my cross-over from the Olympus OMD to Fuji-X Series cameras and I am very grateful for all his kind advice and for his work being a source of inspiration too. He is a master of light and his manipulation of it and understanding of it in his street photography should be a point if reference for any photographer wanting to excel in this field. His almost celestial and spiritually reflective approach to his work is very reminiscent of Trent Parke and his black and white photographs from his Dream Life and Beyond series. I am thrilled to have him take the X-pert 53mm interview. 

Here is Rinzi's X-pert 53.

1. What Genre Of Photography Do You Specialise In?

I specialise in a few different genres of photography starting with street photography for my personal work and then wedding photography, event photography and portrait photography for paid work. 

2. Why Do You Like Using The XF35mm Lenses?

I like the field of view of the XF35mm lenses, which is basically a 50mm in full frame terms. It's quite versatile so I can use it on the streets or for work and be able to take photos from portraits, details, environments, group photos and even landscape. I also like that it is lightweight and looks good on all Fujifilm X series cameras.

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

I guess portraits are probably what I like photographing the best with the XF35mm lenses but really I just enjoy taking pictures of anything with this lens. 

Why Your Choice?

I don't have to stand too far from people when taking their portraits so I can talk to them, make them feel comfortable and get the results I want.

4. Do You Shoot Professionally With The XF35mm Lenses?

I do use the 35mm professionally when I shoot weddings, events and portraits.

5. Fuji XF35mm F/1.4 Or Fuji XF35 F/2?

I currently only own the XF35mm f/1.4 so it's my only choice for now. I have tried the XF35mm f/2 and found the AF is a lot faster and of course the size and look of it is really cool

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

If it's not already on my X-T1 or X-Pro2, then it's in my bag.

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

I probably could. It would definitely help with producing work that has a consistent field of view

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

I'm usually using it with only available light, which I enjoy utilising most. I've only used it a few times with strobes for things like head shots.

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

Well, I was using the X-T1 with it for a while until I got the X-Pro2, so currently it's being used on the X-Pro2 a bit more.

Why Your Choice?

I've been getting to know the X-Pro2 so I'm trying out all my lenses on it but the XF35mm is a good fit for the camera as far as size and weight. It reminds me of when I first got the X-Pro1 and 35mm 1.4 combo so there's a bit of nostalgia if you can even call it that being it's only been a few years.

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

Sure, I have some that I like that I could share.

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

... great if you want to get creative with your photography.

Iain Palmer

Abundant Magazine