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What is the best one lens for travel photography?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by colbycheese, Apr 20, 2014.

  1. colbycheese

    colbycheese Mu-43 Veteran

    May 1, 2012
    Way up there.
    If you could only take one lens with you on vacation, what would you take? What body would you use?
  2. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Take the lens that best matches your vision for your subject matter. Pressed to one lens, I would take the 12-40. As for bodies, an E-M1. Runners up would be a GX7 or E-M5. Go with what works for you, or with what you have. I suspect that you could make do with just about anything if you had to.

  3. kurtwist

    kurtwist Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Feb 6, 2011
    Southern Calif.
    I love the14-150! Great range, light weight, much better than expected results. Not so great in very low light.
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  4. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    12-40 for general use. Quality beats range for me. But honestly, traveling is why I own more than a point and shoot, so 1 lens is very, very unlikely as scenarios go...
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  5. colbycheese

    colbycheese Mu-43 Veteran

    May 1, 2012
    Way up there.
    I guess it depends where are you are going and what you are going to be seeing.
  6. MNm43

    MNm43 Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 19, 2014
    Location, location, location.
    I recently took a trip to Rome and Florence and elected to take the GM1 with the 12-32 and a PL 25 f/1.4 in place of my DSLR 2-3 lens kit. I had some advice from a Rome local who reassured me that the 12-32 was a pretty good all-around choice. It worked out fine as I pretty much left the 12-32 on 90% of the time. The 12 was usually wide enough and the 32 was usually long enough. But the simplicity and easy transport of a single camera/lens was thoroughly enjoyable. The caveat is that these were locales begging for wide rather than long focal lengths. A 12-40 would have been ideal. A 14-140 (or 150) might have gotten a few other shots that I didn't get - but in other locales would have been essential.
  7. Fmrvette

    Fmrvette This Space For Rent

    May 26, 2012
    Detroit, Michigan
    Hi Colby!

    Limited to only one lens and body from the kit I already own the logical lens kit would be the 12-50mm mounted on an E-M5 body. It's not (by far!) my favorite lens but it does a bit of everything (macro, wide angle, short telephoto) and is weatherproof.

    Since I am not always logical however, and having had my fill of the 12-50mm on a short trip last fall, I think I would take the E-M5 and my Panasonic 20mm. Certainly not great for wide vistas or portraits, the 'short normal' 20mm nevertheless is a proven 'can do' lens for me and while I know I'd miss a lot of 'touristy' shots the shots that I came back with would bury whatever I could do with the 12-50mm lens. The 'normal' range (say 38mm to 52mm, give or take) of lenses has been a standard fall back for photographers for decades and it seems to work for me quite well.

    Of course one reason for getting an interchangeable lens camera is to have the ability to change lenses :biggrin: so I don't plan on heading off to the Himalayas carrying an E-M5, 20mm, toothbrush and spare socks anytime soon :biggrin:.

    This morning I ordered a 14-150mm 'super zoom' Olympus - I'm headed to a soiree soon at which I don't want to swap lenses or carry a bag or second body and from which the image quality of the photos isn't the 'end all - be all' of the day. That might turn out to be the 'one lens fits all' solution for vacation snapshots but as it's not in my kit yet I don't think it fair to claim that I would take it.

    The 20mm though - that lens I can depend on. I've been tempted by the new Olympus 25mm f/1.8 but my affection for the 20mm has prevented me from ordering one. That and the fact that the Princess of the Exchequer would have my hide for buying another lens in a focal length that I already have covered. :biggrin:


  8. CiaranCReilly

    CiaranCReilly Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 18, 2012
    Ciaran Reilly
    + 1 on Panasonic 20mm, along with any m43 body, spare battery and charger, all you need!
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  9. Steven

    Steven Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2012
    One of the latest weather sealed models like EM1 or GH4 and a weather sealed wide zoom like 12-35 or 12-40.
  10. Icarus

    Icarus Mu-43 Rookie

    Apr 5, 2014
    Something close to a 35mm equivalent. Currently I'd take the 17mm 1.8.

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  11. GFFPhoto

    GFFPhoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2013
    I did a few months in Asia with a fixed 35mm film camera (Yaschica T4 super D) and didn't miss my heavy Nikon kit that I left back home. Going small and light can work great, and if that's tempting, then just take whatever body you have with the P20, O17 1.8, or the PL 15 (or one of the 25s... Just bring something fast and versatile), but if you want a bit more, then probably a mid range zoom would be best (12-35 or 12-40) mounted on whatever your favorite current body with an EVF is.
  12. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 1, 2010
    14-140. I probably have 100,000 miles on mine.
  13. kinlau

    kinlau Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 29, 2012
    My 'one' lens is usually the 20mm or the 14-140. But in Macchu Picchu, it was the 9-18.
  14. JohnHC

    JohnHC New to Mu-43

    Apr 25, 2012
    Much as I hate to admit it the 14-140 is probably the most useful, if you add the 7-14 you are pretty much set for the daytime. Add the 20 or 17 and the 45 you have all you need, don't forget the batteries.
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  15. nardoleo

    nardoleo Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 2, 2013
    My one lens travel kit would be the OMD EM5 with a Oly 12-40mm lens.

    The weather sealing and relatively fast f2.8 for the lens would make this my most versatile travel solution.

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  16. Art

    Art Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    I'm going on vacation next week and was, too, looking for a travel lens. I settled on Panasonic 14-42 II. I was testing this lens over the weekend on E-M10 body and was thoroughly impressed by sharpness and color at both wide and long end. I'll be taking 14-42 II, PL25, P14 and P45-175. Not sure if I need telephoto lens (Mexico) but it's lightweight enough to have just in case. Also, I will most likely end up using either P14 or my RX100 for low light. I am afraid PL25's DoF is too shallow for travel and and the angle is too narrow. But it's my favorite lens so I always take it with me as it guarantees keepers every time I use it. Panasonic 12-35 is an interesting choice for a travel lens but 32mm is too limiting, IMO and I am not sure if f2.8 will cut it in low light. Oly 12-40 is way too big/heavy, kind of defeats the purpose of m43 altogether for me. Definitely not for travel.
  17. thon410

    thon410 Mu-43 Rookie

    Jun 11, 2011
    I see that you have the PL25, and that's a nice normal lens for travel. The kit lens is also decent enough for general day time use.

    As m43 kits are generally small and light, you can get away with 2-3 prime lenses and even a tele or ultra wide zoom. I would recommend the P7-14 and any of the current primes in the market depending on your preference.

    My current travel kit is the ancient GF1 x 2, P7-14, P14 & P20.
  18. slau

    slau Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Jan 26, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    If I can only travel with one lens, it will no doubt be the PL25.
  19. lightmonkey

    lightmonkey Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 22, 2013
    Easy: 12-40/2.8
    Next lens for people/low light: 25/1.8
    Next lens for diff perspective: 7.5/3.5
  20. darcius1

    darcius1 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 6, 2013
    Sandwich Isles
    Out of my current line-up, the 12mm, 20mm or 12-40. Em1.
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