One Lens and One Lens Only Assignment Gallery

The June assignment was One Lens and One Lens Only. This assignment called for participating photographers to select one fixed lens or one focal length on a zoom (such as 50mm or 100mm). They were then instructed to photograph at least 40 images with that lens or focal length. The subject matter was their choice and the subjects could change – but the lens length could not. Each person was asked to submit three of their favorite images from their collection of 40.

Along with the three photographs for this assignment each person was asked to answer the following questions:

  1. What focal length did you choose and why?
  2. What was your biggest challenge with this assignment?
  3. What was the most exciting part of this assignment?

To enlarge the thumbnails just click on the images. Enjoy the results!

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Mel Mann

What focal length did you choose and why?
50mm f/2 macro, which on my Olympus is equivalent to a 100mm f/2.  I chose this because it’s the prime I use when I want to challenge myself like this, just walking around with only one lens and figuring out how to compose what I want.  And because it’s the sharpest and fastest lens I have, which is great in those morning and evening lighting situations.

What was your biggest challenge with this assignment?
Remembering the narrower field of view this lens offers, especially compared to my usual 14mm.  To get a wider field I really have to step backwards a bit.

What was the most exciting part of this assignment?
The picture of the stream is a multi-level panoramic, composed of 21 images – 3 rows of 6 images – resulting in a 100Mb file.  I intentionally used this lens because of the sharpness, knowing I would need that many images because of the narrow field of view.  Setting up and adjusting for the shots was a good problem to solve since I’ll be using this technique for other landscapes in the future in order to preserve details in wide-angle images.

Jean Marie Cote

What focal length did you choose and why?
I chose my 100mm macro lens because it is such a pleasure to work with this wonderful lens. So flexible, so sharp…

What was your biggest challenge with this assignment?
To stop shooting this old and rusted truck that I found in a backyard. I took a zillion photos.

What was the most exciting part of this assignment?
To see how much you can do with only one focal length and how easy it is to find subjects and come up with great photos.

Gary Todd

What focal length did you choose and why?
I used a 24mm from a 24.0 – 85.0mm f/2.8 – 4.0 zoom lens because of its flexibility for a variety of photo opportunities.

What was your biggest challenge with this assignment?
Staying with the same focal length and avoiding the temptation to zoom in.

What was the most exciting part of this assignment?
Working on improving composition by moving around and studying the subject(s), knowing we were limited to one focal length.

James Favata

What focal length did you choose and why?
I selected 18mm, providing a better opportunity for foreground elements in the setting I was in.

What was your biggest challenge with this assignment?
Moving around to find the right shot when normally you can just zoom in and out.

What was the most exciting part of this assignment?
The exploration and noticing the depth in each picture!!!!

1. What focal length did you chose and why?

I used a 24 MM from a 24.0 – 85.0 MM F/2.8 – 4.0 zoom lens because of its flexibility for a variety of photo opportunities.

2. What was your biggest challenge with this assignment?

Staying with the same focal length and avoiding the temptation to zoom in.

3. What was the most exciting part of this assignment?

Working on improving composition by moving around and studying the subject(s), knowing we were limited to one focal length.