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camera lens combo question for Asia and South America

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by droidakty, Apr 30, 2014.

  1. droidakty

    droidakty Mu-43 Regular

    May 29, 2012
    Toronto, Canada
    In a hypothetical situation with access to the following gear.

    Is it better to stick to an single camera or go with a two camera combination with lens (4 lens max)?
    Recommendations for:
    a. 3 week travel to Malaysia and Taiwan
    b. 4 week travel to Costa Rica and Peru

    Olympus EM1 + 2 batteries
    Olympus EM5 + 2 batteries
    Lumix GX1 with LVF1 + 2 batteries

    Olympus 12mm F2
    Olympus 17mm F1.8
    Panasonic 20mm F1.7
    Panasonic 25mm F1.4
    Olympus 45mm F1.8
    Olympus 75mm F1.8
    Panasonic 7-14mm F4
    Panasonic 12-35mm F2.8
    Olympus 12-40mm F2.8
    Panasonic 14-42mm PZ F3.5-5.6
    Panasonic 14-140mm F4.0-5.8
    Panasonic 100-300mm F4.0-5.6
  2. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    If there's wildlife, and you don't mind a bit of bulk, two bodies, 12-40, 100-300, and a fast normal prime would be my choice. Also the E-M5 and E-m1 share a battery. I'd add an ultrawide (7-14) as the fourth lens.
  3. Gillymaru

    Gillymaru Mu-43 Top Veteran

    You have a great selection of lenses and bodies to choose from and sometimes having too much choice makes what to leave behind even more difficult.
    I would take both Olympus bodies and the 7-14mm then decide if you want to travel with your primes, 12mm, 25mm and 45mm would be my choice although the 20mm could replace the 25mm and leave room to take the 75mm as well
    If you prefer your zooms then the 7-14mm,12-40mm, 20mm and 75mm would be a stellar combo and would be what I would pack for such a trip.
    Probably the best thing to do is work out what focal lengths you are most comfortable using at home and then plan your selections around those. You are not likely to change your style of shooting much on holiday so just go with what you do best.
    Have a great trip!
  4. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    It really depends on the type of travel you're going to be doing...are you going to be backpacking and spending 16 hours a day walking/hiking (as I do)? One body and 3 lenses ought to do it. (I'd go 7-14, 45 and 100-300 on either of the OM-Ds).

    Are you renting a car, staying in hotels and at most taking a cable car to nice lookout places? Load up on gear!
  5. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 25, 2012
    Yes, what are you doing in costa rica and peru? I've only been the peru, but some of the highlights for me were the inca trail and the amazon jungle. If you are going to see wild life in the amazon jungle, you'll definitely want your 100-300mm. Maybe bring a monopod to help stabilise your shots... shooting at 300mm @ F5.6 gets sort of difficult in foliage or dawn/dusk environment (usually when birds/animals are most active).

    And how light do you want to travel, and how much focus do you spend on photography?

    In your shoes, if I had your lens, I'd take: 7-14mm, 12-40mm, 17mm 1.8, 100-300mm (if theres a wildlife component), and maybe the 75mm if you've got room.
  6. nardoleo

    nardoleo Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 2, 2013
    I would suggest the 2 Oly bodies with the:

    7-14mm / 12-40mm - For landscape and interior shoots. Alot of beautiful temples and interesting buildings in Asia. Cant go wrong with this lens. If you feel that 7mm on m43 is too wide, you can go with the 12-40mm instead. it will be a terrific one lens do all solution.

    25mm - Everyone needs that 1 prime for when you are in the "dark". This lens will be perfect as your night lens.

    75mm - unless you foresee going to the safari or shooting wildlife, i would not recommend the 100-300mm zoom. The 75mm is a great telephoto lens and can be a portrait lens as well. (Actually, the 25mm is a great portrait lens too).

    Voila! you have a compact and competent setup for your holiday.
  7. Zee

    Zee Mu-43 Top Veteran

    You're going to Malaysia and Taiwan - wet or dry season? I'd throw the EM-1 with 12-40 on there just to be sure on those rainy days - unless you are the type that hides in the hotel during rain because you fear dissolving in water.

    I'd throw in the 75 1.8, and the remainders depend on what you are actually going to do in your locations...

    Where in Malaysia (KL? Langkawi? Penang?), and where in Taiwan?

  8. lightmonkey

    lightmonkey Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 22, 2013
    em1 + pro zoom + 1 specialty like portrait or tele

    combined with gx1 + pancake standard or pancake zoom as 'backup'
  9. flamingfish

    flamingfish Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Nov 16, 2012
    I've only been to Costa Rica, but what hazwing said about Peru goes for CR as well. I would definitely want a long lens for wildlife. It would be worth it for the blue morpho butterflies alone.

    If you're planning to go to Guanacaste (the cattle ranching region -- flatter, drier, and more open than the rest of CR, with good beaches), you'll want a landscape lens.
  10. Klorenzo

    Klorenzo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 10, 2014
    I'd pick one body, I'd say the smaller, but given that you are going to bring a few lenses too it think I won't make any difference so go for the one you like most.
    3 batteries, maybe two chargers you plan to shoot a lot.

    I'd pick: 12-40mm for main shooting.

    20mm F1.7 or 25mm F1.4 to make a small/"pocketable" one lens kit, for when you do not plan to shoot much, and for low light pictures.

    Panasonic 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 for wildlife otherwise 7-14. Or 75 only if you actually use it a lot.
  11. hrsy1234

    hrsy1234 Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 29, 2013
    East London
    What's your purpose of this trip? is it a photography trip? Are you going to be going to specific places and waiting for the best light, do you have shots already in mind? Or do you simply just want to document your time there? Different strokes.
  12. droidakty

    droidakty Mu-43 Regular

    May 29, 2012
    Toronto, Canada
    Thanks for the the suggestions.
    I travel for the opportunity experience culture and cuisine, see the sights and include
    my photography hobby to capture those moments. Depending on location, there will
    be hiking, some rental vehicles, public transportation. I'm not adverse to rain however
    not insane enough to get out during a torrential down pour like the ones that occur
    in tropical climates.

    The Asian stops will include KL, Penang, possibly Kuantan, Taipei, Taichung, Hua Lian.
    Central & South America will be Liberia, Tamarindo, Montezuma, Lima, Cuzco,
    Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Nazca.

    I agree that the logic behind bodies sharing batteries makes sense. Paring the EM5
    without the grip with a pancake will probably result in a similar GX1 combo.

    Here is the kit
    EM1 + 12-40 + 7-14
    EM5 + 20 or 25 + 75
    CP, ND filters
    Sirui T-025 tripod
    FL-LM2 Flash
    Remote trigger

    Travels with m4/3 equipment
    GX1 + 7-14 (Kusadasi Turkey)
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    EM5 +12-35 (Venice)
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    Previous travel photos with a full size DSLR. Lugging around a Canon 50D and 7D was not fun.
    (Franz Josef, NZ)
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    (Hokitika, NZ)
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  13. Robert

    Robert Mu-43 Rookie

    Oct 16, 2012
    I'm with Klorenzo and Mattia, O12-40 (streetlife and landscape), P100-300 (wildlife) and a P20 for night-shots.
    You'll use the 100-300 only 2% of the time so you can leave it in you're suitcase/backpack. But, don't go to Costa Rica without it!!!!

    I would take one body, and three battery's. Keep it simple.
  14. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    This sounds like the best advice, I think.

    Also, someone mentioned two chargers...I wouldn't bother. I have, in the past, travelled with two chargers and found that the extra one just spent the day in my backpack. Three batteries should be plenty, even with one charger.
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