Til Jentzsch

X-Pert 53 Interview


Tilman Jentzsch Is A Fujifilm X-Photographer From Switzerland And Specialises In Music Photography.

Tilman is a highly experienced music and documentary photographer. His career spans an impressive of 30 years as a visionary and throughout that time he has built a reputation as being a highly sought after and highly respected music capturer. Tilman is particularly passionate about supporting local bands and makes it his duty to shoot them, gifting them some much valued PR shots that can only be of benefit to them and their journey. He attends promotion, tour and live events and gets into the thick of the occassion to bring out a full flavour of the music experience for the viewer to share and enjoy. His work is impacting on the senses and one can feel so much from the shots he takes that puts you right there in the moment as the scene was shot. 

I am so pleased that Tilman has agreed to take on the X-pert 53. I hope you get as much from it as I have.

Here is Tilman's X-pert 53.

1. What Genre Of Photography Do You Specialise In?

My main focus is music photography.

2. Why Do You Like Using The XF35mm Lenses?

Before switching to the Fujifilm X System I was using the 50mm lens on my DSLR quite a lot. So it was almost a “natural” choice to get the XF 35mm. It was actually the second lens that I got after the kit lens (XF 18-55mm). With 50mm you have the viewpoint of the human eye and for me it gives right mixture between intimacy and distance. And with a starting aperture of f/1.4 or f/2 respectively it works very well in the low light environments I’m usually shooting in.

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

I use the lens for any aspect of my music photography.

Why Your Choice?

I shoot a lot with the XF 16mm and for me the XF 35mm is a nice counterpart to it. It gives me a tighter angle both for shots on and off the stage, but is still not too tight so that you can get an idea in what environment the picture was taken.

4. Do You Shoot Professionally With The XF35mm Lenses?

Yes, I definitely do. The XF 35 mm is always in my bag, especially when I work on a documentary project.

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

At the moment the f/2 version, although I used to have the f/1.4 version before.

Why Your Choice?

The XF 35mm f/2 is small, silent and weather resistant. The AF is faster compared to the f/1.4 version. These are all points that make the f/2 version superior for me compared to the f/1.4, especially when shooting any music documentations.

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

Lately I have started to use the XF 35mm more again. It is usually in my bag with me when I’m shooting, but unfortunately it does not beat the versatility of my favorite lens, the XF 16mm f/1.4.

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

It would be an interesting challenge.

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

I actually prefer available light, which goes as well with the genre that I’m shooting, but there is the occasional studio light shoot when it comes to portrait or promotion shootings.

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

The X-T2

Why Your Choice?

It is the perfect camera for me. The X-T1 was already great and made the transition away from my bulky DSLR easy, but the X-T2 is on a different level. And in combination with the XF 35mm f/2 it is an excellent synergy.

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

Of course.

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

... are some gorgeous lenses and ready for anything.