On vacation with the 12-40 +primes and...

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by Johnny The Greek, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. Johnny The Greek

    Johnny The Greek Mu-43 Regular

    167
    Aug 19, 2015
    I find aside from the odd night shots, about 75% of my shooting is with the 12-40mm. The 75-300mm is getting some time in, but the amount I can crop with the pro zoom and still get usable images is truly astounding. I really didn't think I'd like it as much as I have.

    The 60mm macro lens is also a marvel but obviously a little too specialized for general use--I've pulled it out a few times.

    I brought along the 45mm and the 17mm along with the Rokinon 7.5mm and collectively they haven't been used much at all. But because they add such little weight I don't see any reason NOT to bring 'em.

    Sorry for gushing, folks. Just wanted to pat Oly on the back a little.
     
    • Like Like x 3
    • Agree Agree x 1
    • Winner Winner x 1
  2. PakkyT

    PakkyT Mu-43 Top Veteran

    936
    Jun 20, 2015
    New England
    I kind of travel the same way. On my E-M1 lately it has been the Panny 12-35/2.8 for most of my shots. While I have and love the old ZD 50-200mm, it is much to large and heavy for travel especially if not being used much. So I picked up the m.Z 40-150 which is a fine lens and weighs practically nothing. So like you said, no reason not to bring it even if it only shoots 10-15% of my trip. Then the very tiny 9mm fisheye body cap lens just for when I want to do something different. I also bring an IR converted E-P2 and will mount one of my primes on it, either the 25/1.8 or the 17/1.8. And then that is about it. At night when we are out and about and I won't be shooting IR shots, I might swap out the 12-35mm for the prime on my E-M1 for the extra light gathering of f1.8.

    The above is mainly for longer trips. But the last long weekend trip we took, I went extra minimal. E-M1 with the 17/1.8, 25/1.8, & 45/1.8 lenses. Being winter didn't even really need a bag. Camera with one lens mounted and the other two lenses each in a jacket packet. Spare battery in front jeans pocket. Perfect!
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Agree Agree x 1
  3. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2012
    Chicago-area
    David Dornblaser
    I travel the same way. O 17 & O 12-40. We go to Orlando in a couple of weeks it will be those 2 lenses plus the O 75. For video I pick 2 - 3 from O 12-40, V17.5, O25 and O45. While I shoot mainly with primes, having the O 12-40 really rounds out the lens kit.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  4. Lcrunyon

    Lcrunyon Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    920
    Jun 4, 2014
    Maryland
    Loren
    I just sold my 45 because even though I liked the lens, I rarely used it (just a few portrait shoots). What it gained over the 12-40 was too insignificant to go through the hassle of switching them. I might get more use from the PL 42.5 f/1.2, but I'm holding off to see what Oly does next.
     
  5. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    Don't think of the 60mm f/2.8 as a "specialty lens". it is so much more than that. Yes, it can do 1:1 macro, but it works great as a standard lens as well. It's a mindset really.
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
  6. Johnny The Greek

    Johnny The Greek Mu-43 Regular

    167
    Aug 19, 2015
    Well it basically only serves two functions, but is primarily marketed as a macro lens (which is why I bought it) so we'll have to agree to disagree. I like faster primes for portraiture.

    As for the plastic fantastic 40-150, I brought it along with the Pany 14mm f2.5 and throw them on my E-PM2 (my backup) for my wife to use. Pop on the VF-3 and she's happy as hell.
     
  7. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror! Subscribing Member

    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    Clint
    My every kit consists of the 12-40 attached to the em1.2 and the 7.5mm and 75mm in my bag. It covers about 95% of the typical things I shoot.
     
  8. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    I've taken the 12-40 Pro, 17 f1.8 and/or 9-18, and 40-150 R on vacations. The 12-40 Pro collects 90% of the shots. The 9-18 or 17 get used next, and the 40-150 R not very much, but I like having it around. Most vacations have been family trips, so photography is a bonus activity, but still an important one. I've only had one trip where photography was the prime reason, but actually didn't take much more than that. Might do it differently next time, now that I have more lenses in my arsenal. :)
     
  9. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    I wasn't trying to be argumentative, only expressing my mindset on the lens and it's potential for use.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  10. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    That's pretty close to what I'm shooting right now too for my m43 ECD.

    I'm very close to replacing the 40-150R with the 75-300, though just to have that longer reach when needed.
     
  11. Johnny The Greek

    Johnny The Greek Mu-43 Regular

    167
    Aug 19, 2015
    And I never took it as an argument, no worries.
     
    • Like Like x 1