Frederic Frognier

When I was 10 years old I went to a Ferrari meeting in Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium). My father gave me his Canon AE-1 dSLR with two lenses (a Canon 50mm f/1.8 and Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6) and 4 films to shoot the cars (I was a Ferrari fan and still am now). I shot the 4 films and then went to a photography shop in my home town to develop them. One week later, the guy asked me who took the pictures. I said it was me and he told me the pictures were great. The pics were nice for a 10 year old boy but more importantly, I had caught the photography bug!

Seven years ago, I started to take some pictures of my wife with a Nikon D70s and Nikon D80. First, for fun and then more seriously (at that time, I created my first Flickr account to show the best of my work). She was my first real model. Then I met a model named Jessie H. and six years later, I am still working with her.

Today, I’m working as a full-time photographer (it’s been 3 years) and I’m the co-founder of K-pture with my photographer-friend Dorian. I mainly photograph people – portraits, wedding and corporate events.

For 6 years, I’ve been using Nikon gear. First, a Nikon D70s, then a Nikon D80, Nikon D200, Nikon D3 and most recenty a Nikon D4 with prime lenses such as the Nikon 35mm f/1.4G and Nikon 85mm f/1.4G. I loved the Nikon D4 and those two lenses but damn it’s a heavy set up. I also sometimes add a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G and a Nikon 105mm f/2.8G in the bag.

A few months ago, I bought a Fujifilm X-E2 to try to lighten my camera bag. More than that, I’ve discovered a great little camera with awesome image quality. At that time, I had only one lens, the Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4/R. In most peoples’ heads, a pro photographer has to carry a ton of gear and has to have big cameras to look real.

To prove to myself I could do great work with a smaller camera, I’ve decided to shoot an entire series called “Lazy afternoon” with the Fujifilm X-E2 and the Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4. Nothing else. I wanted to keep it simple and intimate. The Nikon D4 wouldn’t have been a good fit for the series. Too big, too noisy, too loud.

After seeing the results and the great feedback from everyone, I told myself I was going to use the Fuji X-E2 for a paid job, but I took the Nikon D4 along with me too, just to reassure myself. It worked great and more than that, nobody noticed I was the “official photographer”. That was it. I’ve used the Fuji for 90% of my pictures sicne then. Most of the time, the Nikon D4 slept in my bag. Then I bought a second lens, the Fujifilm 23mm f/1.4R. I needed a wide angle lens, and this one is just awesome. Sharp and fast.

Today, I’m using two Fujifilm X-T1 with 4 prime lenses. I’ve sold the Fujifilm X-E2 and all the Nikon gear. It was a big decision to make but I did it and I don’t regret it for one second. Some people told me I was nuts but I don’t care. I knew I was right. That was my choice. The Fujifilm X-T1 works great. I’ve shot 12 corporate jobs and 10 weddings with it in the last 4 months. It’s fast, accurate and light. My camera bag now weighs a quarter of what it did before. I’ll post a review of the X-T1 here soon.

I use two Fujifilm X-T1 camera with the following:

Fujifilm 14mm f/2.8 to catch the atmosphere and funny faces. Awesome lens.
– Fujifilm 23mm f/1.4 when the light is off. Sharp and fast.
– Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 to take portraits with a background. Tiny and great quality lens.
– Fujifilm 56mm f/1.2 for the portraits. This one is a killer lens. So sharp and f/1.2 is a dream.
– Fujifilm EF-X20 flash just in case.
Samyang 8mm f/2.8 Fisheye Fuji-X mount. Don’t use it that much but fun lens to use.
– 3 batteries for each camera
– SD cards (Sandisk 280mo/s)
Holdfast Money Maker
– ONA Brixton (dark truffle) bag

As for other gear, I use an Apple 13” MacBook Air (i7, 8Gb RAM, 256 SSD), LaCie HDD, Adobe Lightroom and VSCO film presets. I’ve also been testing an Olympus OM-D E-M1 + Olympus 25mm f/1.8 + Olympus 45mm f/1.8 + Olympus 75mm f/1.8 M. Zuiko lenses. It’s a great little camera but it’s too soon for me to say anything sure about it :-)

www.k-pture.com

Inside Frederick’s camera bag:

10 Comments

    • dear Greg, i was going to buy a Nikon 810 to achieve stunning sharpness and dynamic range over my current canon. also i was comparing new sony a7ii with fujifilm xt1; then i read your review and article about your shifting from nikon to this fujifilm camera which is totally make sense to me! i am very happy to read it since your good experience with nikon and now for years shooting with fujifilm. i have many questions and i am looking to communicate with you more simple through your best and most convenience way of social medias. pls advice. kind regards (mrz1342gm@gmail.com)

  • I’ve thought about switching over to fugi from canon myself. My biggest worry is receptions shots and lighting. What are you using to light the receptions and how is it working out?

    Thanks,
    Greg

    • That’s my concern. I too have used Canon for wedding receptions & have used the on-camera Canon Speedlite to bounce. I also love the IR focus assist beam. You can nail focus on complete darkness.
      It seems that most Fuji pro wedding photographers are no flash, using only available light, documentary type photographers.

  • Great article Frederic!

    I’m tempted to switch, but was wondering about external lighting as well.
    Do you use the EF-X20 as a commander, of some radio triggers?

    Thanks for your response :)
    Stijn

  • Hello Frederic I love this photos of your wife, could you tell me more about them. I am a amauter and recently I bought a x-t1 and I want to learn more to take better pictures. Thanks

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