Studying Metadata....

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by DaveEP, Jun 5, 2015.

  1. DaveEP

    DaveEP Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 20, 2014
    York, UK
    As a vacation comes to an end I'm looking at the metadata in Lightroom for the usage (shots) I got from each body and lens. Here goes...

    Olympus EM1 - 1362
    Panasonic GH4 - 185

    Lumix 20 f1.7 - 43
    Lumix 7-14 f4 - 36
    Lumix 12-35 f2.8 - 46
    Lumix 14-140 f3.5-5.6 - 987 (anyone still questioning the value of such a lens for travel?)
    Lumix 35-100 f2.8 - 119
    Olympus 12 f2 - 203
    Olympus 45 f1.8 - 113

    It seems to me that my travel kit could be cut down to the EM1 + 14-140 + 12 + 45. The only reason to take a second body would be for backup and / or having a second lens.

    What are your experiences?
  2. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    What focal length distribution did you get with the 14-140? I stay at the short end more often so I could get away with a good standard zoom for most things. Next to add would be a low light prime, then a telephoto, then a UWA/fisheye.

    These I couldn't leave behind: P12-32/O12-50 (still can't make up my mind about which), PL25, P45-175, 7.5FE. I always take my Slik Sprint Mini II travel tripod in my backpack as well.

    The PL15 and O45 are tiny and light enough that I often end up taking them anyway as a low light trio with the PL25.

    Pure numbers don't necessarily tell the whole story. I probably get more 'vacuum shots' as David Hobby calls them with the standard lens, but some of my favourite images that end up going to print come from telephotos and the fisheye.
  3. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    Real Name:
    Sold my 12-50 in favor of the 12-32. While I like the 12-50 I wish it extended while zooming so it would be smaller while carrying. It's a little thing but just makes the handling a little off for me. Add the hood and it's even worse. I have the 45-175 but am looking to pick up the 35-100 f3.5-5.6 to go with my GM5. Tempted to sell the 45-175, but given the selling prices these days I'll probably just hang on to it for the extra reach when I need it.

    100% agree on the numbers don't tell the whole story. I can go to a baseball game or similar sporting event and shoot more than I might in a month otherwise. (other than my event work that is.)
  4. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    You could also make a case for putting the 12-35 on one camera and the 35-100 on the other. And leaving the rest at home.
  5. Pecos

    Pecos Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 20, 2013
    The Natural State
    Interesting numbers.
    I'm curious which images you liked the most - from which lens(es)?
  6. DaveEP

    DaveEP Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 20, 2014
    York, UK
    Well, too many focal lengths it list by numbers - maybe I'll make a graph when I actually get home (just a few hours), but:

    14mm = 145
    46mm = 99
    140mm = 223

    with lots of spread in between.

    That depends entirely on the subject, rather than the focal length.
  7. Pecos

    Pecos Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 20, 2013
    The Natural State
    I was not referring to focal length. I thought perhaps that one or two of the lenses produced a certain look, a feel, an indescribable something that draws you to the image. I have lenses like that.
  8. dancebert

    dancebert Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 18, 2014
    Hua Hin, Thailand
    I'm curious what tool(s) you use to graph focal length. I tried this one first and have had no reason to look further:
  9. coffeecat

    coffeecat Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 4, 2012
    SW England
    Real Name:
    Yes - I've used that Friedl plugin (amongst others of his) - it's great.