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What would you bring for your photo travel kit?

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by Jonathan F/2, Sep 2, 2015.

  1. Kit 1: Pan 12-32mm f3.5-5.6 + Pan 35-100mm f4-5.6 (more compact)

    12 vote(s)
    23.5%
  2. Kit 2: Pan 12-32mm + Pan 45-175mm PZ (more range)

    7 vote(s)
    13.7%
  3. Kit 3: Rok 7.5 FE + Oly 45mm 1.8 (prime optimized)

    8 vote(s)
    15.7%
  4. Kit 4: Oly 14-150mm II R (simplified)

    11 vote(s)
    21.6%
  5. Kit 6: Oly 12-40mm 2.8 + 40-150mm 2.8 (best option, but out of my budget)

    13 vote(s)
    25.5%
  1. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'm planning a Mongolian photo trip and I'm trying to figure out what to bring! This is my third trip there, but I'm having a hard time deciding what to bring this time around! I made a poll to help me decide. :D

    Core gear that I've confirmed to bring:
    - E-M5II
    - E-M10
    - Oly TTL Flash
    - CF Travel Tripod
    - Ultrapod Mini Tripod
    - 9mm & 15mm BCLs (my current body caps ;))
    - Oly 17mm 1.8 (on order)
    - Oly 75mm 1.8 (on order)

    Contemplating bringing as a small sub-kit:
    - NEX-6 + Lens Turbo II Adapter
    - CV 20mm (10mm M43 FOV) f/3.5 & 40mm (20mm FOV) f/2 Lenses

    My trip will include a mix of city street shooting, night life, two haircutting ceremonies, a countryside wedding, portrait work (in traditional dress), landscape, urban exploration, long exposure night shooting and telephoto subjects (such as horse riders). I need to make sure I bring the right kit because I won't be able to swap anything out while I'm there! Ideally I'd bring the whole gamut of M43 equipment, but I'm trying to keep my kit as efficient as possible.

    Also I want to bring the NEX-6 plus Lens Turbo adapter, because it's fairly small and I can get a rectilinear wide angle and a nice environmental portrait setup with two small pancakes. The weight penalty would be minimal.

    I'm open to any suggestions and additional opinions! Thanks for the help!
     
  2. PacNWMike

    PacNWMike Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 5, 2014
    Salish Sea
    guess?
    A porter to help carry all that!
     
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  3. Rudy

    Rudy Mu-43 Veteran

    449
    Jan 24, 2013
    Oakland, CA
    I voted for 6, but would actually sub the 40-150 2.8 for the much smaller and lighter P45-175. While not weather sealed it would still be a good choice in the dusty environment due to the fact that it does not extend when zooming.
    Since you will be bringing two bodies I would have the O75 on one and the O12-40 on the other most of the time.
    I would forget about the second system. Panorama stitch with the O12-40 for the extra wide shots and use the O17 for something compact and bright.
    Rudy
     
  4. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    You know this is a Micro Four-Thirds kit? All of this would fit in my daughter's Hello Kitty school backpack! lol
     
  5. GeBathan

    GeBathan Mu-43 Top Veteran

    714
    Dec 11, 2012
    Los Angeles CA
    Gerard
    Just bring me with you so can have a second shooter lol
     
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  6. edwardconde

    edwardconde Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    You should take a Fuji system instead of m43.. Just sayin! :2thumbs:
     
  7. Carbonman

    Carbonman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2014
    Vancouver BC
    Graham
    If you can't swing both of the Oly Pro lenses, go for the 75mm f1.8, 12-40 f2.8 and Rokinon 7.5mm f3.5. If you go long, you need fast IMO. The 75 is fast and extremely sharp so you can get away with lower ISO and crop for those longer tele views. The 12-40 is an amazing workhorse. Until I got my 40-150 Pro, the 12-40 almost never came off the camera.
    If the 12-40 isn't in the budget, get the next fastest lens for that general zoom range. Don't worry about zooms not meeting at the ends of their ranges (i.e. 12-40, 40-150). Most of the time people change lenses when they need a big change in angle/magnification.
     
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  8. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    That's what I thought when I brought all my primes with me this week. Carrying them isn't the issue, it's all the damned lens swaps! More than 2 primes and i start swapping lenses every 5 minutes. Wishing I had a 12-32 this week. I'd lean with option one or two depending on how much reach you think you'll need.
     
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  9. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    The 40-150 Pro does not extend when zooming either and has the option of the TC for even more reach if needed.
     
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  10. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    Given the varied things you want/will be shooting I say kit 6 but also include the 7.5mm fisheye (it's wide, cheap, and small).
     
  11. alex66

    alex66 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    715
    Jul 23, 2010
    Kit 1 though I have no idea about the 35-100 IQ wise, but I love my 12-32 it for me is the essence of what m43 is all about. Think though about adding too much if you are walking about all day it can after a time seem a lot heavier than it is.
     
  12. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    Kit 7: Olympus 12-40/2.8 & 40-150/2.8 + MC14 = Ideal and versatile.
     
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  13. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    Kit 8: 12-35 + 8mm 1.8 Pro.
     
  14. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    Given what you already have, I would get an O12-40 or the Pana 12-35 and take along the 9, 17, and 75. The midrange zooms would probably take care of 90% of your shots.
     
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  15. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    Yes the 9mm fisheye can be very effective as a travel lens for sure. As an example:

    full.
     
  16. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    Personally I would think 1 or 2 AND 3. Or at least the FE since the 7.5mm is a sharper / wider option than the 9mm.

    100mm vs 175mm? I went through my LR catalog and the only things over 50-100mm tend to be baseball games and things like the zoo. I picked up a 45-200 for those things, it tends to stay in the house / hotel unless I know I need it based on plans for the day.
     
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  17. Rudy

    Rudy Mu-43 Veteran

    449
    Jan 24, 2013
    Oakland, CA
    I know, and it is also 5 times the price and 4 times the weight...
    Rudy
     
  18. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    If I were to take a tele-zoom on travel, I'd take the little Oly 40-150 R or something similar. Light, small, and good. Only if I was on an intended safari or wildlife trip would I take anything bigger.
     
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  19. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Okay guys, I think I'll be choosing kit #1 with the 12-32mm/35-100mm & 17mm/75mm combo. I forgot to mention I'll be traveling with my family, so weight/size will be an issue! Though I may change my mind, depending if the 35-100mm f4-5.6 doesn't live up to the hype, but if it's at least as good as the 12-32mm it should do the job. ;)
     
  20. b_rubenstein

    b_rubenstein Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 20, 2012
    Melbourne, FL
    The 12-32 is ok, but this is in my most used focal length range, and without question take my 12-40/2.8. The 45-175 is a little bigger than the 35-100, but the optics are excellent and it's an internal zoom. However, for a trip like this, I would rather have the P 35-100/2.8 with me. It has the long look when i want it and much smaller and lighter than the O 40-150/2.8.
     
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