What would a journey to a place like the Faroe Islands be like – from a photographic point of view – if I had brought only one camera with a 35mm lens? For the journey we made I had packed the following cameras and lenses; Fujifilm X-T2, 10-24 zoom, 18-55 zoom and 55-200 zoom, 50/2 prime lens and my Leica M240 with a Zeiss 35/2,8 – to cover as much situations as possible. But – what if I only brought my Leica and the 35mm lens. What would the result be like? Is it worth the extra weight and change of lenses?
(All the photos in this post are shot with the Leica M240 and the Zeiss 35/2,8)
I didn’t think about this when I was there, so I didn’t always shoot with both cameras at all places. But nevertheless I think that these pictures can be a good hint.
The pictures from the Leica are good enough to be cropped quite a bit, and still keep it’s quality – at least for my needs. The Zeiss lens is a great piece of glass, as I have stated before on this blog. The picture above is a 50% crop from the original.
In some cases you can’t cover the entire view with a 35mm lens – as in the Gásadslur case – but to be honest; can you ever really show the greatness in a landscape in a picture – like you experienced it in real life? Do you always need to show the whole scen in the picture? Can it be cropped and still show what you want? Judge for your self.
In the same way you can’t get those close up shots of sheep or other things far away. You can’t get that compressed shot of the road that serpentine up the hill, unless you have a longer lens. But could I have lived with it? Had I been satisfied as I got home, looking at my pictures? My answer is yes. I belive I would. After all – I am not a professional photographer. My main reason for going on this journey was to experience the Faroe Islands with my wife. The photography is something I love to combine with this experience. Something to help us remember and to show to our friends at home. Perhaps make a photobook or a nice picture on a wall. Will I take just the Leica and the 35mm lens on the next journey I take? Probably not. I like my cameras and I like trying out different lenses…but it’s interesting to think about it…