What would be your next lens for travel and landscape?

  • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO

    Votes: 12 37.5%
  • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8

    Votes: 7 21.9%
  • Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm

    Votes: 2 6.3%
  • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8

    Votes: 10 31.3%
  • 7artisans 7.5mm F2.8 Fisheye

    Votes: 1 3.1%

  • Total voters
    32

ac12

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Only YOU can make the decision if you want something in the ultra-wide range, shorter than 12mm.
I am happy, so far, to stop at 12mm.

One thing to consider is the weight, a 12-100 is weight on the camera ALL THE TIME. So you are hefting the weight every time you shoot. This is a con for all the heavy super zooms.
  • If you do not NEED the extra speed, the 14-150 as has been mentioned is a great single lens solution.
    Then pair that with your 17/1.8 for low light indoor shots, and you have a nice 2 lens kit.
  • I use the shorter/lighter Panasonic 12-60 f/3.5-5.6. I wanted the wide 12mm end more than the 150mm end of the 14-150. It is also paired with the 17/1.8 for low light indoor pix.
 

Alexlotl

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12-40mm is a truly wonderful lens, but big. If you don’t mind the size, it’s a no-brainer, IMO.

The 9-18mm is just tremendous fun. It’s a bit of kit lens in terms of performance - centre sharpness always good, edges a bit dodgy unless you step down - but so tiny and portable, and with a really useful range. You’ll use the long end more than you think. For me, it’s a what-m43-is-all-about lens. I’d recommend using it with the LH-55C from the 12-50 rather than the LH-55B.

I tend to want a deep DOF when going wide, so stopping down isn’t an issue, but if you want to shoot wide indoors the 7-14 might be a better bet, if you can suck up the cost and size.
 
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mumu

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I would also suggest considering the Panasonic 8-18. I've shot with the Olympus 9-18 for around 4 yrs now and wasn't consistently pleased with its output. The 8-18 is a noticeable step up in image quality while still being smaller than the Olympus 7-14/2.8 PLUS the 8-18 accepts filters, just like the 9-18.

Like others, I do think about simplifying my travel kit with the Olympus 12-400/4 but I don't like the idea of carrying the size of a 100mm lens on my camera all the time. On my last trip I switched frequently between my G85 + 100-400 and a GX7 + 12-35/2.8 or 8-18/2.8-4. I frequently carried the GX7 with one of the short lenses on my bag's shoulder strap via a Peak Design Capture Clip. It was very, very convenient to carry the camera that way but I'm not sure I would want the size/weight of the 12-100 hanging from the camera body for long periods over many days.
 
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