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Vacation Lens

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by JDBingham, Feb 23, 2015.

  1. JDBingham

    JDBingham New to Mu-43

    8
    Sep 21, 2014
    I'm going to the UK for a few days in April and I would like to know what lens most people would take with them to pair with an E-M5. I have the 12-40 but I would like a lighter option.
     
  2. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    What do you like to take pictures of?

    Assuming you want a zoom:
    Roughly in order by size, smallest first:
    Any of the kit 14-42 / 14-45 lenses
    12-50mm (weather sealed)
    14-150mm Oly (version 2 is weather-sealed)

    Personally, my travel kit is:
    E-M1
    12-40mm
    9mm BCL FE (tiny)
    17mm f1.8 (for night shooting)
    sometimes, if not flying: 40-150mm Pro
    occasional: 40-150mm R

    A lot of people recommend a wider-angle zoom such as the 9-18mm for European cities.

    Barry
     
  3. JDBingham

    JDBingham New to Mu-43

    8
    Sep 21, 2014
    I'm just looking to capture images of the trip. Nothing fancy. Thanks for your reply
     
  4. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    Lighter option in addition to the 12-40 or in place of the 12-40?

    In addition to I would just pick up one of the pancakes (14 / 20). In place of? I like the 12-50 for it's range but the Panasonic 12-32 would be an option if you want small and 24mm angle of view. If you can get by with 14mm (28mm angle) on the wide end than the 14-42 II R is a fine little lens that you can buy and then resell if you don't want to keep it. It's well under $100 used, I've seen them go as low as $60.
     
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  5. JDBingham

    JDBingham New to Mu-43

    8
    Sep 21, 2014
    Thanks for the ideas
     
  6. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus Loser

    941
    Nov 16, 2010
    Finland
    12-32mm Panasonic would be a good choice for daytime walk around lens. It is very good at the wide end and most importantly, small. For evenings I'd take Olympus 17mm 1.8 or Panasonic 15mm or 20mm 1.7.
     
  7. pellicle

    pellicle Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 10, 2010
    Southport, OzTrailEYa
    pellicle
    Hi

    I think reading Barrys's post:
    I can say that when I was in historical buildings such as in London, Cambridge, (or out of the UK) in the Vatican that wider than 12mm was handy. I took a 9-18mm zoom and it was perfect ... however now I've switched to a 14mm f2.5 and whack on the GWC-1 to make it 11mm which would also be a good light combo.

    food for thought anyway...
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  8. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    FWIW, the 12mm on the 12-40mm is supposedly 11mm if you shoot RAW and disable distortion correction in post processing.

    Barry
     
  9. PacNWMike

    PacNWMike Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 5, 2014
    Salish Sea
    guess?
    I took the 12-50 and 40-150 when we went to Scotland last April. The 12-50 took about 90% of the shots.

    Now I have a 9-18 so might pair it with the 14-150, but not a weather sealed kit. A one lens kit would be the 12-50, easy.
     
  10. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    I pair the 9mm body cap fisheye with my 12-50 for a really wide option. In LR you can use the Sigma 10mm fisheye profile to defish it.
     
  11. pellicle

    pellicle Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 10, 2010
    Southport, OzTrailEYa
    pellicle
    if we are doing that, then the 14 + GWC-1 on a GH1 will be wider again as the GH series has the multi aspect sensor so when shooting 16:9 or 3:2 you actually capture more pixels.

    To be honest I love using RAW and then dcraw to process my images as to me the 'corrections' are only really "in your face" if shooting brick walls, or skyscrapers with lots of horizontal floors...

    16-9v4-3.

    It has been documented elsewhere that if you use RAW and a raw converter which does not attempt to apply lens aberration corrections that you can get the following sizes from the sensor:

    • 4016 x 3016 Pixels (12.11 MPixels) (4:3)
    • 4144 x 2768 Pixels (11.47 MPixels) (3:2)
    • 4368 x 2464 Pixels (10.76 MPixels) (16:9)
    • 3008 x 3008 Pixels (9.05 MPixels) (1:1)
     
  12. Jfrader

    Jfrader Guest

    If you just want a single lens option, the 14-150 covers everything and is pretty good glass as well - not 12-40 good but not bad. I got one for those occasions when I just don't want to lug the 12-40 plus something longer around on my back. I toss in my PL 25 f/1.4 for interiors.
     
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  13. JDBingham

    JDBingham New to Mu-43

    8
    Sep 21, 2014
    Thanks for the ideas