Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2013/09/04

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Subject: [Leica] One camera, one lens
From: mark at (Mark Rabiner)
Date: Wed, 04 Sep 2013 17:27:47 -0400

?The 50 is exactly what the human eye sees, without any distortion,? said
Mr. Delay, 53," 
A quaint myth from decades gone by. Most people shooting that stuff now
would do it with an ultra wide to wide zoom and to be caught with just a 50
would leave them dumbfounded.
The human eye sees with a 180mm F/3.4 Apo-Telyt-R  in sharp focus but as in
inset to a bokeh rich out of focus 18mm f/3.8 Super-Elmar-M Aspherical
extending to way out to the edges otherwise known as peripheral vision.
The "discipline" of just using a 50 is just groovy I'm sure a lot of people
are wondering what he'd  have brought back from these intense shooting
experiences fully equipped  at least with a wide and a Tele to back him up
-or those countless times when a 50 is just not going to get the shot.

Me I leave the house everyday with a lens on my camera and seldom another
lens in by side bag which is when I'm working for myself but If I'm working
for others I sure have myself covered in the wide and tele departments. ..
As I'm just not going to confuse the wonderfulness of single lens
"austerity"  with just not giving a rats ass when I'm on someone else's
This guy is apparently living some place for a year then sending in the pix
he gets to call it as he wants to - its a bit of a luxury.

By the way a misconception HCB did ALL of his work with a 50. He did MOST of
his work with a 50  had at least a wide in his bag when he was working for
Magnum - not just himself. It seems possible he never used a tele.

On 9/4/13 4:14 PM, "Robert D. Baron" <robertbaron1 at> wrote:

> ==On Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 12:10 PM, Ken Iisaka <ken at> wrote:
> The New York Times recently ran an article about Jerome Delay, chronicling
>> the humanitarian struggles in Mali.
>> What made this particularly interesting, at least to me, that his 
>> equipment
>> is utterly simple: one camera, and one 50/1.4 lens.
>> Perusing through his work, the most remarkable aspect of his images is the
>> transparency and immediacy. With the "normal" perspective that the lens
>> provides, it removes all distractions such as geometric distortion,
>> perspective exaggerations, and peeping-tom voyeurism so prevalent on
>> today's pages.
>> These images speak very powerfully, not because of the super-high-tech
>> (which it is) wizardry, but how distractions caused by unnatural
>> perspectives are eliminated. Yet, his works have depth and focus that many
>> other photographers try to create using super-wide or super-tele lenses.
>> Even the crooked horizon in a couple of of the photographs isn't
>> distracting.
>> hing-but/
> An interesting story and some excellent work.  Thanks for sharing.
> --Bob
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Mark William Rabiner

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