Fuji-X Photographer

Photographer, I have taught photography for 10 years in different courses and workshops that I organized in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. I am lucky to hear the expectations of many photographers and to manipulate all kinds of cameras in the ranges of most well-known brands..

I discovered the Fuji X100 in 2012, when preparing for a trip to Sri Lanka. It was supposed to be my “little evening camera”, but it quickly replaced my big D800 Nikon and its voluminous zooms.

With its 35mm equivalent, it became my main camera, leaving Nikon to look after the images for which I needed a longer focal length.

Photo 1 : X100 | 23mm | f2.8 | 1/15 sec | 1600 ISO

Photo 2 : X100 | 23 mm | f2.8 | 1/50 sec | 800 ISO

X100 | 23mm | f2.8 | 1/15 sec | 1600 ISO

In 2013, after a workshop I organized with french photographer Eric Bouvet in Lausanne, I went for the fabulous X-Pro1. By progressively adding some prime lenses, from the small 18 to 85mm, going through the 23 and 35mm, I had everything I needed to create my images!

Since my convertion to Fuji-X 3 years ago, I do not use any more zooms and I am very happy about this! These very luminus lenses allowed me to recover sensations lost long a go.

Photo : X-Pro1 | 35mm | f8 | 1/250sec | 200 ISO

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When travelling, Fuji-X cameras allow me to reduce the size and weight of my luggage and alow me to get closer to people while maintaining great image quality.

Moreover, the excellent quality of the Fuji-X range of cameras and lenses allows me to travel serenely without fear of shocks, splashes or hazards of the weather.

Photo : X100T | 23mm | f5.6 | 1/1600 sec | 200 ISO

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One of the important aspects for me is to be discreet, silent and above all non-intrusive when shooting.

For my action shots or posed portraits, whether using a 23mm f1.4 or a 85mm f1.2, I have, with the Fuji-X system, dream tools to work in low light conditions.

Photo : XT-1 | 56mm | f1.2 | 1/90sec | 3200 ISO

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During my project with refugees, for example, in 2014, it was essential for me to work “small” so as not to impose myself and to keep a certain humility due to their journey and their rudimentary living conditions.

Photo 1 : XT-1 | 56mm | f1.2 | 1/80sec | 400 ISO

Photo 2 : X-Pro 1 | 56mm | f1.4 | 1/80 sec | 640 ISO

In concerts photography however, the X-Pro 1 did not live up to my expectations. I needed a more powerful AF and it was the X-T1 that brought it to me later.

When I bought my first X-T1 in 2014, I had the impression of finding the ultimate camera! I was instantly conquered by its incredibly luminous electronic viewfinder.

With its 85mm f1.2, today I have in my hands a perfect tool for portraits and concerts. Equipped with 23mm – my fetish focal lens – or a 35, I make it an ideal companion for street photography and reportage.

Photo 1 : XT-1 | 23mm | f1.4 | 1/100 sec | 4000 ISO

Photo 2 : XT-1 | 23mm | f2.8 | 1/400 sec | 5000 ISO

With the Fuji-X system, I have found an alternative to my SLRs which were too big and too heavy and, icing on the cake, my images need less post-production.

I replaced my “old” X100 with the X100T, which usually lives in the pocket of my jacket and is always ready to grab a street situation. I can say that now I have completely shifted to the X side of photography.

Photo 1 : X100-T | 23mm | f4.5 | 1/950sec | 200 ISO

Photo 2 : X100-T | 23mm | f4.5 | 1/950sec | 200 ISO

Summer 2016 I put my hand on the X-Pro 2. With its range viewfinder I renewd with the great sensations of the X-Pro 1 but with major technological advances. : A sensor that goes from 16 to 24 million pixels, improved sensitivity, redistributions of the buttons on the back of the boddy and a funny wheel for the management of ISO coupled with the speed control. The X-Pro 2 comes with a new “joystick” that allows fast and precise positioning of the focus point.

I used this X-Pro 2 in portraits as in reportage, a real treat… however after beeing used to the X-T1 viewfinder, I regret that Fuji did not enlarge the X-Pro 2  viewfinder which remains smaller and darker than the X-T1. So I looked forward to the next camera…

Photo 1 : X-Pro2  | 90mm | f2.8 | 1/3000sec | 200 ISO

Photo 2 : X-Pro2 | 56mm | f2 | 1/200sec | 200 ISO

On September 8, 2016, the long awaited Fuji X-T2 arrives by post …
Imagine: 24 million pixels, a large, clear and bright viewfinder, a joystick for fast focusing (and other functions), a 2-axis swivel screen, and plenty of ISOs. Here is a camera ready to face all situations and always in a small and light format.

Photo 1 : X-T2  | 23mm | f5 | 1/850sec | 200 ISO

Photo 2 : X-T2 | 56mm | f7.1 | 1/800sec | 200 ISO

Photo 3 : X-T2 | 35mm | f2.8 | 1/750sec | 200 ISO

I use a couple of X-T2, an X-T1 and an X100T nearly everyday. These cameras have become my daily companions.

Fujically yours,
Jean-Pierre