#50 One Camera and one Lens?

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, 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…


  1. Hamish Gill says:

    These are lovely. I’ve got a post coming up soon about a day I just took the lens and my digital Leica on a helicopter ride. It made me wonder if I really need anything else.

  2. Robin Gray says:

    Beautiful photos, and stunning scenery. I wish I could leave home with just one camera and one lens, but it requires more discipline than I have! I usually have my M6, and either my M9 or M240, or sometimes the M9 and M240! like you, I have Zeiss ZM 35 and 50mm lenses, and recently bought a Leica Summarit 90mm, which I really enjoy using.

    1. Per says:

      Thank you Robin! I have considered a 75 or 90 mm lens for my Leica, but never taken the step. What about composing with that small frame a 90mm present? Do you think its ok?

      1. Robin Gray says:

        Hello Per, the 90mm frame certainly takes getting used to, but so far I have enjoyed the challenge. I like photographing details of cars and buildings, so 90mm is great for that. 50mm and 90mm are my favourite lenses so far. Like you, I struggle with 28mm because I wear glasses! 35mm is as wide as I can go on a Leica, so my Voigtlander 28mm Ultron will be going to a new home soon!

  3. These pictures are awesome! Looks like an amazing place. I’ll need to check it out for myself one day.

  4. I wonder if in the USA there are scenes like the ones in the first, third and fourth images in your post? Beautiful.

    1. Per says:

      Thank you, Khürt 🙂

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