Jonas Rask

X-Pert 53 Interview

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Photo taken by and used with kind permission from Palle Schultz

Photo taken by and used with kind permission from Palle Schultz

Fujifilm X-Photographer Jonas Rask Is A Street Photographer Based In Denmark. 

Jonas is without a doubt a favourite amongst the followers of the _53mm_ Instagram feed. He is highly regarded in the world of Fuji photography and his understanding and application of monochromatic photography is inspired and for most, his work provides visual exemplars into how this particular style should be employed. Personally, Jonas has been a huge source of inspiration to me and my photographic journey and was the first professional photographer to offer support and champion the 53mm vision. I am grateful for his continued encouragement and have been looking forward to publishing his 53mm interview as I know many followers have too.

Here is Jonas's X-pert 53.

1. What Genre Of Photography Do You Specialise In?

I started out doing street photography, and that’s what I still do most of the time. Over the years, my photography has evolved quite a bit, so I no longer do “just” street photography. I basically just document everyday life, whether it’s with my kids, at events, while traveling or on the streets. 
For paid work I do portraiture-, wedding and product photography. So I guess you can say I do a little bit of everything. - My main focus is still, and always will be, street photography.

2. Why Do You Like Using The XF35mm Lenses?

I feel that it gives my just the right mixture of intimacy and distance to subject. I have heard the 50mm focal length (full frame) being described as boring, since it produces nothing particularly interesting. On the contrary I think that being close to the focused field of view of the human eyesight the 50mm gives you a chance to show the world as seen through my eyes. 

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

Street and Portraiture

Why Your Choice?

For street photography I like it for the added tighter framing and intimacy in comparison to the XF23mm. And for portraiture I really like that it can add context through use of environmental portraiture photography, instead of just using a medium tele for strict headshots. 

4. Do You Shoot Professionally With The XF35mm Lenses?

I definitely do. I bring it to all my wedding jobs, as well as portrait sessions. Especially while doing documentary wedding work, it’s very versatile. 

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

Both!

Why Your Choice?

The XF35mm f/1.4 was my first lens in the Fujifilm/Fujinon X series ecosystem. It has an undesirable image quality. Soft, yet sharp. Bokeh is amazing, and the overall color rendition of the lens in golden light is close to perfection. I will NEVER give up that lens. The XF35mm f/2 is superior to the old one in so many ways, almost same image quality (if not slightly better), as well as silent, fast, small and weather resistant. It really is a perfect lens. I really enjoy it just as much as the 35mm f/1.4. - I guess it’s like choosing between your children. It’s simply not possible. 

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

I have access to all the Fujinon lenses, and I use a lot of different lenses for testing purposes, but at the end of the day the 35mm lens is probably on my camera 60-70 percent of the time. 

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

YES! - I have done so for the first 2 years shooting Fujifilm X-series, and I could easily do it again. 
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8. Do You Like To Use Available Light Or Studio Light With Your XF35mm Lens/Lenses?

Both, really. It depends on the particular style I want presented in my images. Mostly I’m an available light type of guy, so naturally that is what I tend to shoot the most with my 35mm’s 

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

The X-Pro2

Why Your Choice?

The X-Pro2 is such a great camera. It’s Fujifilm’s latest and greatest offering. It was developed in close conjunction with the XF35mm f/2, so that combination behaving like a synergistic whole. Everything just seems to add up in perfect harmony when using that combo. 

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

Sure.

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

.....absolute gems! 

Iain Palmer

Abundant Magazine