Your three-lens lineup of choice right now?

Amin Sabet

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Over the years, I've had a lot of three lens lineups. For a long time, I used an excellent small and light kit: P14/2.5, P20/1.7, O45/1.8.

Later I went to a P14/PL25/O75 lineup for a while. And several other combinations before and since.

Right now, I'm using these three:

O17/1.2 - most of my photography

O45/1.2 - mostly candid portraits

Laowa 7.5/2 - very wide angle

That pretty much covers all my needs, and the Laowa is light enough to come along even though I don't use it much.

There's no three lenses I'd rather have for any system, and I've tried quite a few (Sony, Nikon, Canon, Leica M, Fuji X, Pentax).

What's your three-lens lineup of choice right now?
 

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My three-lens lineup for shooting the Dragon Boat Festival and the Vancouver Jazz Festival today and tomorrow will be the Oly 7-14, 40-150 Pro and 300 (plus TC). The 12-40 gets left behind today :crying:.
My wife will be using her 14-42 and 40-150 R. (I think she's smarter than me, somehow. ;))
 

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100-400 and 12-35 will be anchoring my trip to Newfoundland. I can get 99% of what I want with that combo.

However, I’ve got the 60mm macro, O9-18, Rokinon 12/2 to cover the rest. Each has a specific purpose, landscape, astrophotography, macro.
 

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Having just sold my zooms, I'm down to three primes too:

Panasonic Leica 15mm f/1.7
Sigma 30mm f/1.4
Olympus 75mm f/1.8

These three fit in a small bag, cover a big range, produce beautiful bokeh and sharp subjects. I'm very happy with them.
 

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Pretty easy here, it would be the Oly 12-40 2.8, Pana 25 1.7, and Oly 40-150 2.8. These are by far the most used lenses in my kit, and usually I just carry around the 12-40 and 25mm.
 

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I recently made a change that, so far at least, I am very happy with. My two lens kit is now a P 7-14 4 and a P 14-140 3.5-5.6. Previously I was carrying three lenses; the P 7-14 with the P 12-35 2.8 and 35-100 2.8. Yes I know that I took a big step backwards in speed and quality however I find with the 14-140 I am much more likely to pick up the camera and use it.
 

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If we are talking a 3-lens travel kit, it’s all Oly Pro lenses with an E-M1 MkII. 12-100mm f/4 is my backbone. 7-14mm f/2.8 for indoors and wide angle. 25mm f/1.2 for portraits, low light and background blur.

I’ve tried variations of this, for example the 12-40 instead of the 12-100. Both are great, but I prefer the extra reach and Dual IS of the all-in-one a little more than the speed and compactness of the standard zoom. Ive also tried switching the UWA to the 8mm FE and utilizing the FE Compensation feature, which has a number of advantages. But not being able to use FE Comp with other features like HDR (etc) is a bigger disadvantage to me for most scenarios. I’d also like to have the power of the other Pro primes on hand, but unless I know I’ll be needing the 17mm or 45mm more, I’ll split the difference and use the 25.
 
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All of have completely different choice so far. So many great lenses for our system.

Our variety of choice is really quite staggering. Even in normal "pro" zooms we now have 7!!! (P12-35, O12-40, O14-54, O12-60, PL12-60, O12-100, O14-35) and if you add in all the kit lenses and pancakes in this range it is somewhat bizarre. Everyone should be able to find a lens in their price range etc in m43.
 

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100-400 and 12-35 will be anchoring my trip to Newfoundland.

Nice! Been meaning to go there again. Last time I was there was literally nearly 20 years ago. Wonderful place to visit. Be sure to share the photos when you get back.


What's your three-lens lineup of choice right now?

If traveling then typically it is one of the following:
Panny 12-35/2.8 + 40-150mm R + 8mm fisheye body cap lens
or
Oly 17/25/45 f1.8 prime trio

For near home I don't often go out of the house with more than a lens or two depending on what i plan on shooting, but currently my three most uses lenses are likely the ZD 50-200 (non-SWD), the Oly 25/1.8, and the recently acquired Panny 14mm f2.5 for my IR converted camera.
 

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Currently I have the Olympus 25mm f1.8, Olympus 17mm f1.8, and the Mitakon 25mm f0.95. However I have a Voigtlander 25mm f0.95 in the mail which will replace the Mitakon and likely become my main lens.

The Oly 25mm is really handy when I need AF for that focal length and the light is good, but I have a feeling that the Voigtlander will get the most use once I receive it. The 17mm is my second favorite focal length and I really enjoy the quality of it and use it more than I expected to as I've been a 50mm guy my whole photography life. The Mitakon was nice when shooting in low light, but I absolutely despise the de-clicked aperture lens as well as how short the throw is and how close it is to the focus ring. I like to stick at f4-5.6 during the day and I can't even count how many times I tried to use the focus ring and accidentally turn the aperture ring all the way down to f16 being that it's such a short throw. The focus ring also has a short throw and makes it difficult to get precise focus at wider apertures. The Voigtlander will fix all of those problems and, from the photos I've seen, it absolutely gorgeous looking both wide open and stopped down.

I like having only those two focal lengths for a few reasons. One is that it keeps my photos looking fairly consistent looking when using the different lenses. Owning an ultra wide angle and a tele, while opening up new possibilities, will make my photos appear all over the place and not consistent. The focal length difference are definitely clear when using them, but going through a gallery of photos the look is fairly consistent. Another reason is they're both close to the human-eye. I don't like the look of super wide angles or tele lenses because they aren't accurate to what I see when shooting photos.

Sorry for the long post!
 

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PL 8-18mm f2.8-4

PL 15mm f1.7

P 35-100mm f2.8 II for speed, P 45-175mm f4-5.6 for weight, or P 100-300mm f4-5.6 II for reach
 

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For my light and affordable kit.
  • Panasonic 12-60 as my GP lens
  • Olympus 17/1.8 as my indoor low light lens
  • Olympus 40-150-R as my long lens, to reach beyond what the 12-60 can reach.
For my higher end kit (some day as I can afford it)
  • Olympus 9-18.
  • Olympus 12-100/4. This would be the 80% lens, so most of the $$$$ is on this lens.
  • Olympus 75-300.
 
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