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Best Travel Lens?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by dlhomesolutions, May 31, 2016.

  1. dlhomesolutions

    dlhomesolutions Mu-43 Regular

    172
    Sep 30, 2013
    Peoria, IL
    Hi everyone.

    I am taking a 500 mile bike trip through Spain and France in September. I will probably be taking my EM5ii with me as well as one or two compact lenses. I was thinking of getting a small pancake lens to keep size down.

    What would you recommend?

    Here are the lenses I have:

    12-40 pro
    25mm 1.4
    45mm 1.8
    75mm 1.8
    45-200 (which I am selling now)

    40-150pro (in the process of buying)
     
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  2. JensM

    JensM Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 6, 2016
    Oslo(ish), Norway
    As screename
    Have you looked at the 12-32 Panasonic`? It would probably make a decent very compact travel set, paired with the 45 mm. :)

    David Thorpes review of it:
     
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  3. BeyondTheLines

    BeyondTheLines Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 23, 2012
    Spain/USA
    Patrick
    Personally for a trip like that I would think a zoom would be very useful. If your Oly 12-40 is too big and/or heavy, maybe the Panasonic 12-32 pancake zoom would be a better option. And for a bit more reach, Panny's companion zoom, the 35-100 4-5.6. If there's room bring the 25 1.4 for a faster option.
     
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  4. Theo

    Theo Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 26, 2013
    Canada
    Theo K.
    12-32 and 45 are also my suggestion. I compared my 12-32 against a friend's 12-40. I couldn't tell any difference of images taken with these two at comparable apertures for bright outdoors. The 45 is much more than a portrait lens. I tend to use mine for general photography. Another lens I would bring is the light 40-150R if you have it.

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using Mu-43 app
     
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  5. PacNWMike

    PacNWMike Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 5, 2014
    Salish Sea
    guess?
    14-150ii. leave the rest at home
     
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  6. dlhomesolutions

    dlhomesolutions Mu-43 Regular

    172
    Sep 30, 2013
    Peoria, IL
    ehh f/4 @ 14mm is not really enticing to me.
     
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  7. PacNWMike

    PacNWMike Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 5, 2014
    Salish Sea
    guess?
    For me the issue is 14mm not wide enough. f4 never was a problem. YMMV of course.
     
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  8. dlhomesolutions

    dlhomesolutions Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 30, 2013
    Peoria, IL
    I might try to squeeze the 12-40 pro since it's weather sealed, but the 12-32 does not look bad
     
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  9. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    If you get the 12-32, just remember to turn Lens IS Priority ON in the menu. Avoid conflict with IBIS. Found that out the hard way. :)

    No, it's not weathersealed like the 12-40, but neither is the 45. BTW, many backpacks aren't weatherproof either, so don't assume that it is. Found that out the hard way too!
     
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  10. JensM

    JensM Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 6, 2016
    Oslo(ish), Norway
    As screename
    Now I am wondering if that should be done with the GX7, as well...
     
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  11. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    Here's an idea. To keep your camera within reach and covered from rain, you might consider the Peak Design Capture and Shell. Not sure about water or mud splashing up from the wheels though. I don't have their stuff, but many recommend them. Or, carry your camera inside your backpack covered by a OpTech neoprene pouch and a Snoot Boot for your lens. That'll provide some cushioning as well as some rain protection.
     
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  12. dlhomesolutions

    dlhomesolutions Mu-43 Regular

    172
    Sep 30, 2013
    Peoria, IL
    I have the ThinkTank Mirrorless mover 20 which is water proof.
     
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  13. bbarnett51

    bbarnett51 Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 23, 2015
    I'm going 12-40pro and cheap 40-150 plastic. The 40-150 is slow but sharp and only $100 new. It's light weight. This would cover most focal lengths you would use.
     
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  14. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Have you considered a 1" sensor compact?
     
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  15. alan1972

    alan1972 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 23, 2012
    Malaga, Spain
    Alan Grant
    What kind of photos are you thinking of taking that require a wider aperture? Like several others I was going to suggest the 12-32 but of course it is also a slow zoom. I was thinking of mainly daylight shots while on the bike. Low light shouldn't be much of an issue in Spain in September for daytime shooting. But if you are asking specifically about fairly fast pancakes you are pretty much narrowing it down to the two Panasonics, 14mm and 20mm.
     
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  16. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I sort of agree, which is why I suggested the compact. Once you rule out very low light or DOF isolation, then what reason is there to shoot 4/3 over 1"?
     
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  17. dlhomesolutions

    dlhomesolutions Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 30, 2013
    Peoria, IL
    What about the 17mm? I hear good things about that.
     
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  18. MJL

    MJL Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 24, 2016
    Katikati, New Zealand
    Marinus
    Son goes out climbing and tramping and I suggested to replace his Canon 5D with associated L lenses (17-40 and 70-200) with the GM5 double lens kit (12-32 and 35-100). He could not be happier and takes it with him everywhere. I do not understand the fascination with larger aperture lenses - sensitivity these days is something we did not have when using film, basically inside without flash was next to impossible.
     
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  19. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    An FZ1000 is bigger than an E-M5 II + 14-150, and the TZ100/ZS100 apparently has some lens issues despite it's other advantages. And is obviously more expensive than the 14-150, which is only $500 even bought new. Not only that, his E-M5 II + 14-150 kit is weather sealed, unlike any of the alternatives (RX10 III might be somewhat sealed, but it's iffy given Sony's history there), which seems like a useful advantage on a bike trip.

    I still think the TZ100/ZS100 is probably the best travel camera on the market now, but it's got some compromises that won't thrill everyone, and is a bit expensive at the moment.

    Anyway, I'm endorsing PacNWMike's suggestion.
     
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  20. MJL

    MJL Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 24, 2016
    Katikati, New Zealand
    Marinus
    @tkbslc@tkbslc: I do not like compacts - the telescoping lens is a magnet to drag in dust and moist air. And once dust gets inside then it becomes rather expensive to get it cleaned. I like primes but not wanting to change lenses has me using the Panasonic 14-42 II.

    Additionally a lens is the most expensive part of the setup so when the body gets replaced I can keep the lens(es).

    edit: I've mentioned it elsewhere: When you go on a trip you want to cut down on weight as much as possible when you set out. You might want to acquire some keepsakes along the way and it all adds up. If I was going I would take only the GM5 with the 14-42 II, it will do 80-90% of what you need, after all you're likely to take a picture that thousands of others have taken from the same vantage point. The Panasonic can use ex tele which makes the lens extend to 60mm (at 8 Mpx which is still good enough for A3)
     
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