Your Ideal m43 Travel Kit? (No more than 3 lenses)

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There are a lot of surprises for me in this thread. Nobody travels with a long telephoto?

On my recent circumnavigation I took my EM1.2 and three lenses. 6855 photographs, and although another 100 or so are still to be deleted the current count of ones I'm keeping are:

Oly 12-40 pro: 765 photographs
Panny 35-100: 1 photograph
Panny 100-330: 885 photographs (albeit 260 of those are of the same bird)

Next trip I'm ditching the 35-100 and replacing it with the 60mm macro.
 

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There are a lot of surprises for me in this thread. Nobody travels with a long telephoto?

On my recent circumnavigation I took my EM1.2 and three lenses. 6855 photographs, and although another 100 or so are still to be deleted the current count of ones I'm keeping are:

Oly 12-40 pro: 765 photographs
Panny 35-100: 1 photograph
Panny 100-330: 885 photographs (albeit 260 of those are of the same bird)

Next trip I'm ditching the 35-100 and replacing it with the 60mm macro.
I do at times carry the 100-300mm mark II lens, but it often depends on how much I want to carry. If I'm traveling by air, the size of the carry on luggage (which also must include my laptop and CPAP machine) will dictate how much I bring.

Looking at my stats, I see I bought the 100-300mm mark II in 2017, but I've only saved 139 shots with it. Before getting the 100-300mm mark II I would use the classic 4/3rds 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 + EC/1.4 teleconverter + MMF-3 adapter, and I used that combination quite a bit (with the teleconverter 1,267 shots since 2006, without the teleconverter 3,698 shots since 2005). For me, the main use is covered by the 14-150mm mark II lens, so I tend to go with that for normal situations.
 
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@Cederic if the question from original poster had been 4 lenses, it’s quite possible that the 100-400 pana would be included.
I often walk around with 8-18, 12-40, 40-150 and 100-400, but that’s more then three lenses.
 

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@Cederic if the question from original poster had been 4 lenses, it’s quite possible that the 100-400 pana would be included.
I often walk around with 8-18, 12-40, 40-150 and 100-400, but that’s more then three lenses.
Take out the 12-40 +40-150 and sub the 12-100 and you got a perfect kit. (for 3 lens requirement)
 

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Take out the 12-40 +40-150 and sub the 12-100 and you got a perfect kit. (for 3 lens requirement)
Unless you are shooting in low light/no flash situations, where the f/2.8 aperture wins, or if you are shooting for small depth of field, where the 40-150mm at 150mm with f/2.8 wins.

It all depends on what you shoot. I find about 1/3 of my shots seem to be at high ISO and minimum aperture, so for me, the Olympus 12-40mm and Panasonic 35-100mm mark I win over the Olympus 12-100mm f/4.
 

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Unless you are shooting in low light/no flash situations, where the f/2.8 aperture wins, or if you are shooting for small depth of field, where the 40-150mm at 150mm with f/2.8 wins.

It all depends on what you shoot. I find about 1/3 of my shots seem to be at high ISO and minimum aperture, so for me, the Olympus 12-40mm and Panasonic 35-100mm mark I win over the Olympus 12-100mm f/4.
There's no perfect kit. 12-100 does have dual IS though and you can get shallow enough DOF for portraits. That all said, unless I was going somewhere by car or that was specifically photo related like Iceland, I'd probably take 12-100 and a smaller kit prime like the 17 F1.8 or some other combo. Really just depends where and which lenses might be most useful for that particular location.
 

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Em-1 Mark II
PL 8-18 f2,8/4
OLY 12-100 f4 Pro
OLY 25 mm f1,2
 

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There are a lot of surprises for me in this thread. Nobody travels with a long telephoto?

On my recent circumnavigation I took my EM1.2 and three lenses. 6855 photographs, and although another 100 or so are still to be deleted the current count of ones I'm keeping are:

Oly 12-40 pro: 765 photographs
Panny 35-100: 1 photograph
Panny 100-330: 885 photographs (albeit 260 of those are of the same bird)

Next trip I'm ditching the 35-100 and replacing it with the 60mm macro.
I'll only bring a long tele if I know it will be very worthwhile to me; it's not part of my standard kit. It obviously depends on where/why you travel. If I were big on viewing wildlife, I'd probably skew my vacations to that end. But my wife and I are more interested in scenery/culture so the 100-400 doesn't come with us, usually. I find that the 35-100 is long enough for non-wildlife stuff.
 
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It really depends on the genre I tend to shoot, because a lot of my trips have wildlife in them. But for more “typical” travel photography (let’s say landscape, city, and environmental portraits), my kit is pretty well set.
  • 12-100mm Pro for versatility. It beats the 12-40mm Pro because of both the reach and dual IS. I can get by with just this lens.
  • 7-14mm Pro for indoors, such as cathedrals. I choose this over the 8mm Pro Fisheye because I can’t use HDR and fisheye compensation at the same time, but I’d be happy with either.
  • A Pro prime for portraits and night shooting, usually the 25mm Pro because I feel it is more versatile than the 17mm or 45mm, but I like all three.
I don’t think I’d take a kit of all primes unless I was carrying two bodies.
 

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Gee there is a lot of love for the 12-100. A great lens I’m sure, but just too bulky as a travel walk around IMO. Even my PL 12-60 feels a little big after using the P 14-140 & 12-35.
 

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After having a great number of lenses for m43, I have settled on the following for travel:
gx85 or em5ii
12-32
20mm f1.7
45mm f1.8

Obviously I would adjust if i was expecting wildlife etc.
 
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If I have to keep things stripped down for a non-photography oriented trip, I'll carry the 12-100mm f4 and 8mm f1.8.
If I'm planning on more serious shooting and have secure storage where I'm staying, it will be the 7-14mm f2.8, 12-40mm f2.8 and 40-150mm f2.8 with 1.4 TC attached.
Photography-centric trips that include shooting wildlife or aircraft will have the 7-14mm f2.8, 40-150mm f2.8 and 300mm f4 with 1.4 TC attached.
 
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Gee there is a lot of love for the 12-100. A great lens I’m sure, but just too bulky as a travel walk around IMO. Even my PL 12-60 feels a little big after using the P 14-140 & 12-35.
It’s not as light in the hand as other m4/3 lenses, for sure; but on the E-M1 bodies the balance is good and the compromise is worth all the advantages it brings to the table, IMO. In any case, I find the pack weight on my shoulder(s) more of a pain than the weight in my hand; and since the 12-100 replaces multiple lenses, I think it’s not a bad option for pack weight.
 

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How many threads like this do we have? I'm sure I posted something similar at least in a couple of other very similar topics. My next trip (read holidays) I think I'll travel with 12-100 f4 + fast prime (likely O25f1.8) + FE Samyang 7.5mm.

looks like a kit that can cover most situations
 

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I'll only bring a long tele if I know it will be very worthwhile to me; it's not part of my standard kit. It obviously depends on where/why you travel. If I were big on viewing wildlife, I'd probably skew my vacations to that end.
Only half my subjects with the 100-300 are wildlife. It would be worth taking just for them, but it would be worth taking even if I didn't shoot a single animal, bird or lizard with it.

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Fun thread and great to see all the variety!

For city travel, sometimes I just take the 17/1.8 on an EM1.2 or GX85. City option 2 is the twin primes, 17/1.8 and 45/1.8.

For trips that include plenty of landscapes (or perhaps foul weather), I bring 12-40, 17Pro, and the nifty little 35-100 f4-5.6 OR the 75/1.8 with an EM1.2 (I still need to get a long tele zoom.)
 

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Only half my subjects with the 100-300 are wildlife. It would be worth taking just for them, but it would be worth taking even if I didn't shoot a single animal, bird or lizard with it.
Yes, I find a telephoto to be worth bringing even if I'm not photographing wildlife. But in my case, that role is filled by my 35-100/2.8. I like its compact size and fast aperture (and the fact that it takes the same filter size as my 12-35/2.8).
 

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Yes, I find a telephoto to be worth bringing even if I'm not photographing wildlife. But in my case, that role is filled by my 35-100/2.8. I like its compact size and fast aperture (and the fact that it takes the same filter size as my 12-35/2.8).
Exactly my thinking, and additionally, the 35-100 will give me as much reach as I typically ever need. Ditto on the small size & light weight.

Brian
 
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