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Reducing lenses in my kit

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by FRAN, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. FRAN

    FRAN Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 23, 2012
    México DF, MÉXICO
    Inspired by fransglans post about One lens only, and sharing his frustration about taking decisions about lens, I'm rethinking my kit.

    After big efforts I completed my set up for my OM-D: P12-35mm, P14mm, P25mm, P45mm, P45-175mm. And still using most of the time P25mm (love it) and not convinced about the 12-35mm....

    Thinking changing it (and P45mm and P45-175m as well) for the P35-100mm (great reviews, less issues on OM-D, no redundance with my favourites primes....).

    Not one lens only, but ultra light and high quality set up with 3 lenses:

    - 14mm for compact size and wide angle
    - 25mm as my default lens
    - 35-100mm for high quality telezoom

    What do you think?

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  2. ajamils

    ajamils Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 20, 2012
    Richmond, Texas
    I'm in a similar situation and I have already sold most of my lenses except for 12-35 f2.8 and 100-300. Once I get enough funds to get 35-100, my kit will be complete.

    Though I am very tempted to give 25mm a try (heard nothing but good things about it) but I prefer the convenience of a zoom over prime.
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  3. WT21

    WT21 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    That's a very nice spread of lenses
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  4. jsusilo

    jsusilo Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 28, 2012
    Good 3 lens setup and good looking too:) 
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  5. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 2, 2012
    Kit simplifying is spreading like a virus the past few days!
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  6. I'm a pretty bad example of minimalism I'm afraid, but the lenses that I have found that I will carry AND get good use out of is either a zoom kit consisting of an UWA (9-18mm), a superzoom (14-140mm, which also covers my minimal telephoto needs), with the 25/1.4 prime thrown in the bag for good measure, or a prime kit consisting of the 14mm, 25mm, and Olympus 45mm. The 20mm pancake may or may be included in that as well. With the exception so far of the 14mm pancake, all of those lenses are very well represented in my catalogue of images.

    That wasn'y very much help then, was it? :smile:
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  7. FRAN

    FRAN Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 23, 2012
    México DF, MÉXICO
    Thanks all for your comments!

    Still thinking that 14mm 2.5, 25mm 1.4 and 35-100mm 2.8 is the perfect set for me, versatile primes-zoom mix. Almost decided, and dealing with my local supplier now....

    I'll keep you informed!!
  8. spinyman

    spinyman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 19, 2010
    San Diego
    As an alternative to the 35-100,the 40-150 Oly is really not bad.It is dirt cheap and small/light.I use it mostly when I travel just to have some reach.It is slower, but ask yourself when do you use a long lens.Not indoors.
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  9. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 7, 2010
    I'm happy right now with just the 25/1.4 & 45/1.8 While there is a chance I will break open the piggy bank and spring for the 12-35/2.8, it is more likely that I'll just go with the 12-50. Maybe even more likely to just go with the 14/2.5 and forget the zooms altogether.

    Either way, I'm stopping at three lenses. Unless you count the 45-200 my daughter has in her GH1 kit that I sometimes borrow, or the MF lenses I sometimes use. I'm not counting them.

    So yes, FRAN, your 3 lens kit makes sense to me. Actually more than my potential 3 lens kit w/zoom does, as you don't have the redundancy. My problem is I can't give up the P25 or the O45.
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  10. dav1dz

    dav1dz Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012
    14, 25, 35-100 sounds like a great kit.

    Nowadays I've been carrying the 25 1.4 + 45 1.8 and that's it. When I need a zoom I reach for the 14-150 or 9-18 for an UWA.

    On a lot of days I'm perfectly happy with just the 25. Like you I've been thinking of streamlining my kit a bit, likely funding the 35-100 by selling the 14-150 and the 45. Then I'll have a kit very much like yours except my wide will be a zoom.
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  11. PatrickVA

    PatrickVA Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 31, 2012
    Central Virginia
    I have four lenses but really only use two - the 20mm and 45mm (probably 80%-15% respectively). The other 5% is the 12-50. I got the 40-150mm because it was inexpensive but have only used it once.

    In a few years I'll probably end up simplifying to a high-end fixed focal length (like the 2016 version of an X100S or RX1). Imagine how incredible cameras will be then.
  12. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    For general shooting I carry 3 lenses. 7-14 or 14-140 is on the camera, with the other on my hip in a small lens pouch. The third is a miniscule (1.5" x1.25" dia) C-mount Kodak cine Ektar 25/1.4, only used for the occasional extreme low light situation.
  13. battleaxe

    battleaxe Mu-43 Top Veteran

    The 14mm I think is a must have for it's size and price. Can't say much about the others as I haven't use it, but the 35-100mm would be another lens I would like to have if I had the cash, but as aforementioned, beyond 50 or so mm not too useful indoors, unless maybe doing portrait work.

    I too would also suggest looking at the Oly 40-150mm or even the 45-150mm Panasonic as the price is great, and I personally think the 150mm focal range is more useful.
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  14. amalric


    Jul 24, 2012
    Rome. Italy
    Yesterday I concluded that my most compact travel kit would be the 17/2.8 and the Industar 61 53/2.8, one of the smallest teles ever. Panorama stitching in case I need wider.

    On a longer journey, the 17mm, the 9-18 and 40-150.
  15. Repp

    Repp Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 27, 2011
    Seoul, South Korea
    I know that I need to sell off some of the lenses I don't use anymore, but I'm still not sure on what my desired kit would be. I do a lot of event shoots for work, so it's nice having a zoom or two... but they are often larger than I'm willing to carry when I travel with. And event shooting isn't what I really enjoy. For pleasure and travel I normally take 14/20/O45, but I know I need something a bit longer, so I've been debating the 75mm (maybe the 35-1002.8 or 45-150 b/c of it's size...). If I go wide I almost never use the 9-18 anymore, favoring the 7.5FE instead. I've also been debating selling the 12-35 and just use the 14-45 for events. I'm not really sure that I need the 2.8 while using flash. Heck, I still can't decide between the oly and pany 45s, or if I should drop the pany 20 for the 25.

    BAH, there's too much glass and I fear that I'm starting to hoard it.
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  16. spinyman

    spinyman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 19, 2010
    San Diego
    And I thought I was bad!Repp,Your far worse than I ever got.This is why the X100 was so appealing to me and still is.I just walk out the door with none of those decisions to make!
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  17. Repp

    Repp Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 27, 2011
    Seoul, South Korea
    Yes... Apparently I have too much disposable income.
  18. Conrad

    Conrad Mu-43 Veteran

    My standard to-go kit currently is 7-14, 25, PL45. When budget is available, I will swap the PL45 with the 35-100. But I will keep the 45, since I do a lot of macro work (at home).

    So yes, your idea sounds very reasonable to me.
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  19. FRAN

    FRAN Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 23, 2012
    México DF, MÉXICO

    My new (and final) setup: 14mm 2.5, 25mm 1.4 and 35-100mm 2.8

    Thanks all for your comments!
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  20. daum

    daum Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 26, 2011
    I'm thinking the 12-50 kit so i don't have to swap out lenses all the time while and traveling and switch to a 20mm when im in doors or it gets dark out. throw in a 45mm just in case i want to do portraits.
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