Eivind Røhne

X-Pert 53 Interview

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Eivind Røhne is a Fuji-X Photographer from norway who specialises in commercial and editorial photography. 

Eivind comes from a background in film photography so has an extensive understanding of the technical requirements needed to capture moments well. Moving from film in 2005, swayed him towards Medium Format cameras but their weight and size led him to encounter the Fuji-X Series cameras and he hasn't looked back. His fashion photography is exceptional and anyone exploring that particular field in photography would do well to examine and enjoy his work and take in his words throughout this interview. Eivind's use of the XF35mm lenses in this way only proves all the more the sheer versatility they have in both the amateur and professional arenas. 53mm is thankful to Eivind for sharing his unique take on the 53mm FOV.

Here is Eivind's X-pert 53.

1. What Genre Of Photography Do You Specialise In?

People describe me as a people, fashion and lifestyle photographer. I shoot for commercial clients only, and I just love photographing people. But I also shoot architecture and industrial subjects, and I always try to include humans and a sense of lifestyle in those shots too. I love colors and light, and always look for both of those combined with strong compositions. Maybe my interest for photography is just a strong urge to organize the world around me.

2. Why Do You Like Using The XF35mm Lenses?

On a full frame camera, I love the perspective a 35mm lens gives me, but I find the coverage and frame a bit to wide for my taste, so I often grab a 50mm instead. But on a crop camera like the Fujifilm X series, a 35mm lens still has the same slightly wide perspective, but the coverage and framing is a bit tighter. So I feel I get the best of two worlds.

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

I photograph anything with the XF35mm lens actually. It’s a very versatile lens.

Why Your Choice?

What lens I choose to use when, depends on what I want to tell with the picture and how I want to tell it. Lens choice is a creative choice.

4. Do You Shoot Professionally With The XF35mm Lenses?

Oh, yes of course! The XF35mmF1.4 was the first lens I got with the X-T1, and I started using it on commercial assignments from day one.

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

It just has to be the F1.4! 

Why Your Choice?

Well, the reason is that I haven’t actually tried the F2 lens, haha…..

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

On almost every single shoot. And when I travel with my family, I rarely bring anything else than an X-T1 (without the vertical grip) and the XF35mmF1.4.

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

I could, but I’m not sure I’d want to, since Fujifilm has spoiled us X users with so many brilliant lenses. Sometimes I need wider, and sometimes I need more reach, but the XF35mm is always with me in my bag. Always.

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

I’ve shot professionally for many years, and I go through these phases back and forth between loving studio lights and available light. But a couple of years ago I decided to start pushing myself to see how far I could go with only available light before bringing out the flashes, and I just loved it. It was like an ongoing personal project or assignment that I started to incorporate into every single shoot, personal or commercial. Available light can be so hard and frustrating, but at the same time so rewarding. Sadly, ignorant people often say that available light photographers are those who don’t know how to use flash. They have so totally missed the point. Flash can be both magical and beautiful, but there is something about available light that never ceases to amaze me. Perhaps it’s the X factor (pun intended). You’re not really in full control like you’re in a studio with flash, but you have to adapt and solve the unexpected without the ability to add or move your light sources around.

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

I use the XF35mmF1.4 on the Fujifilm X-T10, two X-T1 bodies and an X-Pro2, and hopefully I’ll soon get the chance to use it on the new X-T2 as well.

Why Your Choice?

They are magnificent cameras, especially the X-T1 and X-Pro2. Very different, but I love them both. My heart is with the X-T1 though. The X-Pro2 delivers much better results of course, but for me it’s all about ergonomics, and that’s why I love the X-T1. It changed my way of working in so many ways. I’ve only played with the X-T2 for about an hour, but I have extremely high expectations for it! Maybe that’s my next favorite.

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

Yes, sure! This is a mix of both fashion and lifestyle images, as well as some examples of more industrial and ad work I have made with that lens.

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

…like a beautiful seductive woman you just have to come back to again and again!.

Iain Palmer

Abundant Magazine