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Advice needed: 3-lens travel kit. Price no object.

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by sabesh, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. sabesh

    sabesh Mu-43 Veteran

    I currently have the following kit for travel:

    Olympus E-P3

    Panasonic 7-14
    Panasonic 20/1.7
    Panasonic 45/2.8

    These were purchased in the early years of m4/3. Since then, Olympus have come out with a few sweet lenses.

    I was thinking of replacing the 20/1.7 & 45 with the Olympus 17/1.8 & 45/1.8.

    I'm not a fan of zooms. I'd only use one if it's outstanding, like the 7-14. Not really interested in focal lengths > 60mm. I prefer primes.

    Thoughts? What would be your ideal 3-lens travel kit to cover landscapes, architecture & portraits? Thanks.
  2. drewbot

    drewbot Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    7-14, 12-35, 35-100.
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  3. peterpix

    peterpix Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 8, 2010
    So. Maine
    Peter Randal
    since I don't like changing lenses, how about the Panni 12-35? I wish it was longer but covers almost all of what I do and with the ability to adjust up ISO, it's good for mot low light as well. Having one "fast" lens is probably a good idea,but when traveling, if you are not a working pro, seems like simple is better and that's why I like a zoom.
    Spent three weeks in NZ and mostly used the 14-150.
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  4. sabesh

    sabesh Mu-43 Veteran


    I'm often in a situation where I need a fast aperture for handheld night shots. Hence, I keep resorting to the 20/1.7.

    I'm quite used to foot - zooming, so a zoom lens isn't necessarily a benefit for me.


  5. ice_man

    ice_man Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 19, 2012
    If I have to choose zoom lenses, then I'd get 7-14 / 12-35 / 35-100.

    But I always am a prime lens kind of guy. So, O12 or P14 / P25 / O45 / O75.

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  6. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror! Subscribing Member

    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    if weight and size doesen't matter too much, what about the 25 f1.4 instead of the 20mm. you've got the 7-14 to cover the lower mm's...and the 45 1.8 would cover the upper range.
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  7. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    PL 25mm
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  8. MAubrey

    MAubrey Photographer

    Jul 9, 2012
    Bellingham, WA
    Mike Aubrey
    That'd be a very nice kit.
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  9. mistermark

    mistermark Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 16, 2012
    If you're happiest with primes, I think it can be done in two: the 12 2.0 and the 60 2.8 macro. Get the former in black while you can and mate them to one of the Sony sensored bodies and you'll enjoy a combination of light weight and high performance.
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  10. FRAN

    FRAN Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 23, 2012
    México DF, MÉXICO
    Ultra light and high quality set up with 3 lenses:

    - PANA 14mm 2.5 for compact size and wide angle

    - PANALEICA 25mm 1.4 as standard lens

    - PANA 35-100mm 2.8 for high quality telezoom, and weather sealed

    Perfect travel kit with the OM-D.

    In fact, it´s my only kit now, and I´m very happy with it!!

    Regards, and good luck with the decision....
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  11. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Do you have need for a macro lens in your kit? I was going to recommend the Oly 60mm, but you already have the Pany 45. And does the 75mm hold any appeal to you?

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  12. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    You appear to like the ultra wide, so I would go with 7-14, 25/1.4 and 45/1.8

    My personal ideal 3 lens for travel would be 12-35, 25/1.4, 75/1.8. I like ultra wide, but its not usually essential to me, and 50mm field of view is a favorite of mine, so it's a very personal choice.
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  13. sabesh

    sabesh Mu-43 Veteran

    No need for a Macro. I just wanted a classic portrait FL (85mm), and the P45 was the only choice at the time.

    150mm FL is a tad too much. But the 120mm FL is not too far from 105MM, which I love. Thx for the idea!
  14. mrjr

    mrjr Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 25, 2012
    Based on what you told us, I'd recommend the Oly 17/1.8, 45/1.8, and either the Pan 7-14 or the Oly 12/2.
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  15. sabesh

    sabesh Mu-43 Veteran

    Other than the OM-D, what other bodies utilize the Sony sensor? Thx.
  16. dav1dz

    dav1dz Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012
    I see nothing wrong with your current kit. Have you had any trouble getting results you want?

    Replace the 20/1.7 with either the 17/1.8 or 25/1.4 so it's easier in poor light? That is the only change that is worthwhile in my mind.
  17. dav1dz

    dav1dz Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012
    All the current Olympus lineup uses the same Sony sensor.

    E-M5, E-PL5, E-PM2. There is a possible E-P5 in the pipeline that would replace the E-P3.

    I haven't been following Panasonic releases as closely.
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  18. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    The 60mm is a jewel of a lens. You may want to give it some consideration, especially as it is quite good outside of its macro focusing range.

    Good luck,

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  19. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2012
    David Dornblaser
    O17, o45 & p12-35
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  20. mistermark

    mistermark Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 16, 2012
    I agree. And the 12mm would feed the OP's wide angle and low light needs. That's why I think these two well-chosen optics might well suffice. Also, they work well together - both use 46mm filter threads, the colour and contrast characteristics are similar and they handle similarly (in particular, they have serrated rings at the base that help with changing lenses.
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