the ideal 3 lens kit (ONLY 3) for a bit of everything

Turbofrog

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Thoughts on the following kit?

O12-100/4
O17/1.8
O45/1.8

or

O12-200/4-6.3
O17/1.8
O45/1.8

The primary use would be for travel photography. My next big trip will be Cairo Egypt. I want something easy to carry. Camera is an E-M1 Mk1 (1.1 or whatever we wanna call it).

My previous was:

O14-54/2.8-3.5
O25/1.8 (traded 25 for 17)
O45/1.8

Thoughts?
If you're okay carrying around the big zoom for the majority of the time, sounds like a great kit. For all my travels I use:

P14-140
P20/f1.7
7.5/f3.5 fisheye

So a bit smaller overall, and I like having the ultrawide rather than a portrait prime, but otherwise the same basic idea.
 
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I've been quite happy for several years now with the O 12-40 Pro, O 40-150 Pro and O 25 1.8. The 25 only comes out to play if I need the extra speed or want to go really light and small which isn't often. There's no right or wrong answer here, it's all a matter of what you shoot and what you're comfortable with.
 

ac12

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Thoughts on the following kit?

O12-100/4
O17/1.8
O45/1.8

or

O12-200/4-6.3
O17/1.8
O45/1.8

The primary use would be for travel photography. My next big trip will be Cairo Egypt. I want something easy to carry. Camera is an E-M1 Mk1 (1.1 or whatever we wanna call it).

My previous was:

O14-54/2.8-3.5
O25/1.8 (traded 25 for 17)
O45/1.8

Thoughts?
WARNING: EM1-mk1 + 12-100/4 = SHORT battery life.
My continuous ON run time of that combo (shooting sports) is about 2-1/2 hours.
For comparison, I get about 4 hours continuous ON run time with my P-Lumix 12-60, only using IBIS.
It got to where I could predict the battery change at about 11am and 4pm.​
With the P-Lumix 12-60, I used three batteries a day, and I was at the end of battery #3. Next time I'm taking FOUR batteries.​
Based on this I would need FIVE or SIX batteries for the 12-100.​
That also places a need for how to charge all the batteries at night, so you are not short the next day.
I put two batteries on the charger as soon as I arrived at the hotel (before going out for dinner), then put the last battery in overnight.​

Personally, I would leave the 45 at home.
What need would it fill?

My travel kit is:
  • P-Lumix 12-60, as my GP lens (lighter and smaller than the O-14-150)
  • O-17/1.8, for low light
  • optional, 40-150/4-5.6 (but carrying the 40-150 + 12-60 is heavier than a 14-150)
On my last trip, the 17 and 40-150 were used in total less than 15 times.

From your options, my choice would be just two lenses:
  • O-12-200 (as the GP lens)
  • O-17 (for inside low light)
The 12-100/4 and the 12-200 are both chunky and heavy, for m4/3 lenses. Not what I would call "easy to carry."
I suggest you take them to a park and carry and shoot them for a couple hours, to get a feel for how they would feel on your shoulder for a couple hours.

This was my travel shoulder strap
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M7SAK9X/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
In normal use at home, I use a Peak Design, Slide Lite.
 
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ibd

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Laowa 7.5mm f/2
PanaLeica 15mm f/1.7
Yi 42.5mm f/1.8

I'm going to try it on an upcoming city trip. :)
 
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After years of trying and carrying so many lenses on trips, I'm down to these three for 90% of my travel.

Samyang 7.5mm f3.5
Olympus 12-40 f2.8
Sigma 56mm f1.4

For the remaining 10% I take the Olympus 300mm f4 Pro and MC14.
 

Dave in Wales

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Why 3 lenses, 2 is better.
12-100 f4 Pro, the best lens out there IMVHO.
And.....and a Samyang 7.5mm fisheye, go and have some fun.:laugh:
 

Turbofrog

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Why 3 lenses, 2 is better.
12-100 f4 Pro, the best lens out there IMVHO.
And.....and a Samyang 7.5mm fisheye, go and have some fun.:laugh:
That 2-lens kit is screaming out for one of the dozen or so teensy little fast primes we have (FL is your preference). That way you can use your camera at night, too!

And if that prime happens to be a pancake like the 20mm/1.7, you might even forget that you packed it.
 

rpatodia

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Taking following lens for Everest Base Camp trek next month
Oly 12-49/2.8
Oly 25/1.8
Pana 100-300
 

The Grumpy Snapper

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For the serious stuff most of the time,

7-14mm
14-54mm
50-200mm

I will swap to the f/2 zooms if I need the speed over the wider zoom range.

Lightweight kit for personal work,

12mm f/2 Samyang
35mm f/1.2 7artisans
85mm f/1.4 Rokinon
 

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