Best Travel Lens?

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

  1. dlhomesolutions

    dlhomesolutions Mu-43 Veteran

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    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 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Mar 6, 2016
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    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
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    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
    14-150ii. leave the rest at home
     
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  6. dlhomesolutions

    dlhomesolutions Mu-43 Veteran

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    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
    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 Veteran

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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 Subscribing Member

    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 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    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 Subscribing Member

    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 Veteran

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

    bbarnett51 Mu-43 Veteran

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    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 Subscribing Member

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    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 Veteran

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    Peoria, IL
    What about the 17mm? I hear good things about that.
     
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  18. 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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  19. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    I just took a week vacation and was pretty happy just using the Oly 17mm f2.8 and 25mm f1.8... I took the Sigma 60mm but never used it. You could go with the tiny Panasonic 14mm or the almost-as-small 15mm f1.7 and a 25mm and it does a fine job with everything from scenery to street, towns and cityscapes.
     
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  20. dlhomesolutions

    dlhomesolutions Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 30, 2013
    Peoria, IL
    besides the obvious focal lengths, what is the difference between the Panny 12-32 and 14-42? They are about the same price.
     
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