Dyanne Wilson

X-Pert 53 Interview


Dyanne Is A freelance professional And Fujifilm X-Photographer From yellowknife, North west territories in canada.

Dyanne is a self taught photographer who enjoys to capture the mood, the narrative and the beauty of a person or place as well as their culture and identity in relation to their surroundings. Living in subarctic conditions, Dyanne is able to capture these subjects amongst some exquisite landscapes that showcase the features that long cold winters can afford. Almost Narnia-like in appearance, her adept eye at composing such landscapes has become second nature to her and the vistas she documents wonderfully celebrates all the visual details and personality these locations express. Being exposed to extreme conditions means that the XF35mm F/2 lens and its weather resistant qualities has become a must for her professional and personal work. It is because of this that Dyanne's interview is such a great addition to the X-pert 53 roster as she shares a truly inspiring account into how the WR function of this lens lives up to the circumstances it was designed for.

Here is Dyanne's X-pert 53.

1. What Genre Of Photography Do You Specialise In?

I like to make photographs that convey a sense of place and culture.

2. Why Do You Like Using The XF35mm Lenses?

I love how small and light they are.  I can carry it around all day long in my bag without it becoming tiresome.  I admit that I am a recent convert to prime lenses as I shot mostly with the zoom lenses: XF16-55; XF50-140 and XF10-24 especially while out on assignments.  However, when I just want to photograph purely for personal enjoyment and expression I will now reach for the 35F2.  

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

Environmental portraits.

Why Your Choice?

In addition to it being light, small and fast I love how unobtrusive it is.  People don’t seem to feel as threatened when you point such a small camera and lens at them.  I find they are more likely to be themselves resulting in more honest images.

4. Do You Shoot Professionally With The XF35mm Lenses?

Yes.  I always have it in my bag when I’m going on assignment.  I have found it to be very useful when photographing weddings and portraits.  Also it is a great lens for food photography which I have had to do on occasion.

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

I would have to say the 35 F2.

Why Your Choice?

Since I live in Northern Canada where winter lasts nearly eight months and temperatures of -30C and more are common, I thought the snappier weather sealed version would be a good idea.  So I recently sold the 35F1.4 to fund the purchase of a new 35F2 and I’m happy with my decision. I tend to enjoy photographing fast moving people and animals and with the lightning quick autofocus on the F2 I rarely miss a shot. 

I’m happy with my decision to go with the F2 version.  I have noticed that I am shooting more with this lens then I did with the 1.4 version.  

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

It takes so little space I can have it on my camera and have another lens in my bag. 

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

If I didn’t have to work I probably could manage with just the 35.  Although I would be more happy living with the 35F2 and the 16F1.4.  There are times when I like to shoot wide for example when shooting the Aurora.  For the work I do shooting interiors, architecture and some events and I couldn’t manage without the 16-55, 50-140 and the 10-24.  

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

I much prefer available light.  

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


Why Your Choice?

I love the style and feel of the XT2.  It fits in my hand perfectly and because I can only shoot with my left eye the position of the viewfinder on the XT2 works better for me than the X-PRO2.  I also love the versatility of the camera in that it can be both a small pocket type camera with a prime lens attached and with the Vertical Power Grip it transforms into a serious high performance camera that balances better with the heavier zoom lenses. 

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