Your light travel kit?

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by Holoholo55, May 9, 2016.

  1. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Thom Hogan posted an article last month recommending mirrorless for travel. What are your thoughts? What would you pack for a light travel kit? What body and two lenses?

    Three Small Mirrorless Camera Packages Suitable for Travel Photography | Sans Mirror | Thom Hogan

    I'd probably take my EM1 w/12-40 and 40-150 R, or my EM5 w/Pana 12-32 and 40-150 R, based on what I have. (Yes, I know some would take a body and a superzoom, but I don't have the latter)

    Amend that. Given that I've not used my 40-150 R that much on travel, maybe I would take the 60 f2.8 macro instead?
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  2. NigelD

    NigelD Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 23, 2015
    Earlier this year I took a Panasonic GX8 with 12-35 and 35-100 to Australia & New Zealand, perfect weight. Also took a Sirui T-025X travel tripod in my suitcase, just in case.
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  3. e_kjellgren

    e_kjellgren Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 17, 2011
    GX8 with 7-14 and 14-140 is my travel kit.
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  4. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Apr 4, 2010
    E-PM1 + P12-32 + P20 + O45
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  5. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Depends. Vacation - E-M1, 12-40, 45-175. Tightly scheduled work or study trip - GM5, PL15, O45.
  6. knikki

    knikki Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 28, 2015
    Up North, UK
    Recently mine is OMD 5 MkII Oly 50mm 1.8 + Pany 17mm 1.7 and Minolta IVF hand held meter.
  7. NoSeconds

    NoSeconds Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    E-M1 with P20...

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  8. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Depends on destination. And I don't really own lenses that I wouldn't take on certain vacations, because photography is one of the great joys of travel for me.

    Shorter vacation, scenic, urban, no wildlife, one of the following:
    - A7r + FE 16-35/4.0 + FE 55/1.8
    - A7r + CV 35/1.2 II
    - E-M1 + O12-40 + P7-14

    Vacation with wildlife:
    - A7r + 16-35/4.0 + FE 55/1.8+ E-M1 + 50-200 SWD (or 150/2.0)

    And if there's scuba diving:
    RX100 + housing + strobe + wet lenses

    I do most of my favourite photography while travelling, and landscape is a lot of that. Ergo the A7r and 16-35 being in pretty much every combination. For shorter city trips I'll occasionally take one body and one lens, usually the A7r and the 35/1.2 Voigtlander, because it's a fun lens to shoot and slows me down quite a bit. And lets me shoot in all kinds of light. When wildlife is involved it's usually at an exotic location, so the big and heavy (but high quality) glass comes out to play. And diving because that's my new biggest challenge, photographically speaking - more complex, involving strobes, and rapid switching from wideangle to macro photography, combined with wildlife and mastering good bouyancy skills.
  9. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    GX7 + 14-140mm + 20mm/1.7 + 7.5/f3.5 fisheye

    There's basically nothing I can't photograph with those 3 lenses. I might leave behind the 7.5mm if I know I don't need it, but the two Panasonic lenses are such a solid travel foundation.

    I know the original article lists 2 lenses, but that 3-lens kit is smaller and lighter than just about any 2-lens kit that anyone cares to list, so I don't think it's an issue, and the situations that demand the 20mm/1.7 (low light) or the fisheye aren't ones that are likely to sneak up on you and demand an instant lens change.
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  10. Klorenzo

    Klorenzo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 10, 2014
    Considering what I have:

    12-40 + 40-150 R (or 75-300 if wildlife is expected). I could throw in the P20 and BCL-9 too.

    Actually I almost never use the 40-150 so I could even just let it home but...

    From wish list: P12-60(??) + Mitakon 25 or O25.
  11. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 1, 2010
    My travel kit is two bodies (GX7, GX8 currently), 9-18, 14-140, and 100-300. For a lighter kit/2 lenses I would take one of the bodies, the 14-140, and one of the two other lenses depending on what kind of shooting I expected to do.
  12. ivoire

    ivoire Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2011
    Naperville, IL

    GM5, 12-32mm, 35-100mm, Kodak 25mm f1.4, Computar 12.5mm f1.3
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  13. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    How do you like those little C-mount lenses? The Kodak in particular is very pretty.

    I had a cheap 25/1.4 $40 C-mount lens that worked "okay" but it was really a special effects lens because everything but the center was so soft and swirly. As soon as got the 20mm/1.7 that replaced it completely, since it was a lot more versatile and better quality. I imagine that the Kodak is a lot better than the one I was using.

    Does the Computar work well? A fast wide like that is very tempting...
  14. Taz trooper

    Taz trooper Mu-43 Rookie

    Jul 11, 2015
    Cambridge, UK
    GF6 with 14-42, O 9mm f8 BCL, Zuiko 4/3 40-150, and OM 50mm f3.5 Macro.
  15. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    EM5 II, Panasonic 12-32 and 35-100, the small slow ones. :biggrin:
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  16. MNm43

    MNm43 Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 19, 2014
    E-M1, O 12-40, P 15
    or (maybe some time this fall)
    Pen-F P12-32, P15
    Like Klorenzo above, I'd probably put the 40-150R in my suitcase, but I too would probably never use it.
  17. acnomad

    acnomad Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jan 5, 2016
    I travel weekly and was carrying a bagful of primes, but recently bought a P12-35 f/2.8 and it as sharp and versatile as everyone says. I'm sure the O12-40 f/2.8 would have made me equally happy. Makes my life easy to travel with the zoom on the E-M1 and I bring a faster or longer prime in the suitcase "just in case" (but TBH, it's because I can't seem to allow myself to board an airplane with just one lens).
  18. siftu

    siftu Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 26, 2015
    Bay Area, CA
    My usual would be em5ii, 12-40 + 75mm. That would do most things I shoot normally.

    Next next trip which will have wildlife and landscape will be

    em5ii -12-40, pl100-400, pl25, r7.5
    Olympus XA2 (film)
  19. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    Panasonic 15mm f1.7 and 42.5mm f1.7.

    TBH, a bag full of m4/3 lenses is pretty light, so I often throw in a small telephoto and my fisheye, too.
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  20. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    My light travel kit has gotten a lot smaller - Olympus Air + P12-32 + O17f1.8. This fits in a small lens bag.
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