Hot Air Balloon Ride - Lens Selection

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by jmullane, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. jmullane

    jmullane New to Mu-43

    7
    Oct 2, 2012
    One week from today I'll be on a hot air balloon over Napa. I was told that I can bring a camera but no additional bags or equipment. Here is my current equipment list...

    OMD-EM5 Body
    Pan 14
    Pan 20
    Oly 12-50
    Oly 45
    Oly 40-150

    Which lens would you stick on the camera for the ride? I'm thinking the 14 with the 20 hidden in my pocket.

    Any examples from a ride would be helpful!

    Jim
     
  2. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    There are too many variables since there is no way to know what altitude or direction you will go until you're aloft, and obviously, you cant zoom with your feet!

    12-50 or even 40-150, maybe with the 14 in your pocket
     
  3. F1L1P

    F1L1P Mu-43 Veteran

    388
    Jan 2, 2010
    Europe
    Been in the same situation:
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    My guess is that you'll have a nice weather. You dont need any of the fast prime lenses.

    Take only 12-50, it will be the only one you need. Leave the rest at home.

    You need wide enough framing for landscapes and 50mm end for some details.
    I think I made a thread here a while ago....here are some shots:

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    P.S.
    Should you go up in the air during the evening (?), take 20mm with you.
    You just might want to have a fast prime for shooting during sunsets. It's small enough to put it in a pocket and nobody will notice. Oh, and bring polarizing filter if you don't have one.
     
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  4. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    12-50 & 40-150 :smile:
     
  5. quatchi

    quatchi Mu-43 Veteran

    326
    May 17, 2012
    Munich, Germany
    On my last ride, I had the 9-18mm as well as a tele lens with me. In your case I would take the 12-50 and maybe the 40-150mm in a wide pocket.

    This is a crop from a picture taken at 18mm.

    4.
    "Crossing the alps" 500px



    But most important: Enjoy your ride!
     
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  6. dwig

    dwig Mu-43 Top Veteran

    624
    Jun 26, 2010
    Key West FL
    I agree, but only because you don't have a 7-14mm.
     
  7. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 1, 2010
    USA
    I agree generally that the wide is the only one you'll need, but if you happen to get over a residential area at low altitude there may be kids and dogs running to follow the balloon, yelling at you, etc. That's fun. With the long zoom you might be able to get some shots with an unusual overhead perspective.

    Generally the balloons launch and fly in the early morning, sometimes late evening, when the winds are lighter. If you have a bright sky, however, you might try a gradual ND filter to knock it back a bit.

    Very nice photos, F1L1P!
     
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  8. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    If there's another balloon in the air with you, might want that long lens to get a candid of the other folks in their basket :smile:
     
  9. jmullane

    jmullane New to Mu-43

    7
    Oct 2, 2012
    Thanks to everyone. I was really hoping someone would say "you should get the 12-35! I'm desperately trying to justify the purchase.:smile:

    Jim
     
  10. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    I'll give you justification...
    "If it feels good, do it!" :biggrin:
     
  11. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    The 12-35 is an awesome lens. People get hunt up on the cost, but its well worth it IMHO
     
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