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Going to Shanghai: 14-140 II or 12-35 f/2.8?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by ijm5012, Sep 4, 2014.

  1. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    So I'm leaving Sunday for a week-long business trip to Shanghai, and I don't know what lens to bring between the 14-140 II, and the 12-35. Here's a list of what "stuff" I'm bringing:

    - Panasonic G6
    - Olympus 17mm f/1.8
    - Spare battery & charger
    - Ultrapod II mini-tripod
    - 14-140 II / 12-35

    I don't know what I should bring, either the 14-140 II or the 12-35? Since I'm there for business, I'll only have time to go out in the evening so low light is important (which is why I was originally planning on bringing the 12-35, but I have the 17mm for general shooting). I also want to get some nice city shots, and the 12mm could potentially be a big advantage over 14mm if I don't have any room to take a step or two back. My fear is that if I take the 12-35, am I going to miss not having the range available from the 14-140 II? If I take the 14-140 II, am I going to miss the extra stop of light I gain with the 12-35?

    Anybody who has any relevant experience, your input is greatly appreciated!
  2. When I was in Shanghai, the pollution was so bad that the reach of a longer telephoto would have been irrelevant. However, as you suggest, the 12mm end of your 12-35 will be very useful.

    Have a great trip. Shanghai is a fascinating city!
  3. LowTEC

    LowTEC Mu-43 Regular

    I would definitely pick 1235, last time I was there, I only took a picture or two with the 45. For the rest of the images, they were all shot with 1235 and 714
  4. ahinesdesign

    ahinesdesign Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 6, 2011
    NC, USA
    The 12-35 is amazing glass, and you'll like f/2.8 at both ends. The OIS makes it hand-holdable even in remarkably dim light.

    The 14-140 is more versatile at the cost of smaller aperture that gets worse as you zoom and less effective OIS.

    The 12-35 has better IQ - Its on the same level as the best m4/3 primes - but you'll have to look very closely (or print very big) to notice a lot of difference...
  5. stripedrex

    stripedrex Do or do not. There is no try.

    Jun 8, 2012
    Long Island, NY
    I'd bring both =p. I'd sling the 14-140 when it's bright and I need maximum versatility. I typically don't worry about the 12-14mm difference because I love panoramic stitching feature of Photoshop (with people moving and everything!). Then use the 12-35 as it gets darker where you may not need the range. I like shooting things far away very tight so it kind of depends on what you plan to shoot most and what's in it. Enjoy your trip! I'm in the middle of an adoption process so I'll be heading out that way within the next 6 months =).
  6. brettmaxwell

    brettmaxwell Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 8, 2012
    Since you're already bringing the 17/1.8, I say bring the 14-140 as the other lens. 14-140 all day, 17 all night.
  7. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Since I'll only have time available in the evening, there won't be much good light to use the 14-140 II in. I'll stick with my gut and bring the 12-35 and the 17 1.8. I'll also bring along a 1-stop ND filter and mini tripod to do some long exposure shots. I'll use the 17 1.8 for indoor social settings like dinners and what not, since the extra stop of brightness will help with bumping up the shutter speed.
  8. Klorenzo

    Klorenzo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 10, 2014
    Bring both and leave one at the hotel depending on what you find out. Try both to learn which one is better for you.
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