Your three-lens lineup of choice right now?

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Have tried many Lumix & Olypus lenses but ended up with:
Panasonic Leica 8-18
Panasonic Leica 12-60
Panasonic Leica 100-400
& Panasonic Leica 15 for low light & low weight
All used on Olympus OMD E-M1 II

Recently sold off:
Lumix 12-35 2,8
Lumix 35-100 2,8
Lumix 100-300
Lumix 12-60

It is interesting, even as recently as when this thread started, to note how as a lot of these new lenses are being released, some of the old standby combinations are starting to fall out of favor with some people. The Lumix 12-35 & 35-100 f2.8s and the Oly 12-40 & 40-150 PRO combos for instance. For years those where kind of the standard high end combos everyone was getting. Then they start released things like the Oly 12-100 & 8-25 PROs or the Leica 8-18 & 12-60 for example and it seems a lot of people are switching up their kits. Same on the longer focal length.

Soooooo many choices now. It's a good thing of course, but if people were racked with indecision 5 years ago, oh boy, these days it is only getting worse.
 

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It is interesting, even as recently as when this thread started, to note how as a lot of these new lenses are being released, some of the old standby combinations are starting to fall out of favor with some people. The Lumix 12-35 & 35-100 f2.8s and the Oly 12-40 & 40-150 PRO combos for instance. For years those where kind of the standard high end combos everyone was getting. Then they start released things like the Oly 12-100 & 8-25 PROs or the Leica 8-18 & 12-60 for example and it seems a lot of people are switching up their kits. Same on the longer focal length.

Soooooo many choices now. It's a good thing of course, but if people were racked with indecision 5 years ago, oh boy, these days it is only getting worse.

It's just how things have evolved.

I started off with the kit lenses, then the 12-40 pro and 40-150 pro.

In use however, I found myself switching the 12-40 to use the low end of the 40-150, then when using the 40-150, it wasn't really long enough for the situations where I envisaged using it most (before we were locked away that is).

I ended up selling both, so now the standard lens is the 12-100, the airshow lens is the 100-400, the travelling light lenses are either the 17mm or 25mm pro lenses (yeah yeah, I know they aren't light, but humour me), the macro lens is the 60, the product lenses are the 7-14, 45 or 60, depending on the approach.

In any event, I rarely go out anywhere with more than two lenses and my preference is to take just one.

Edit: I should say that I know I'm fortunate to be able to pick and choose from a shelf full of pro lenses.
 
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Depends on which camera bag I grab:

Gx85 Travel: 9-18 and 75-300II (Canon 500D for macro)
G9 Birding: PL100-400 (Canon 77mm 500D for macro) and the Pany14 with GCW1 (so small)
G9 "walk-around": Pany 12-35, Oly 60mm, Pany 35-100 f4 (so small).

Backups: FE7.5, adding a 7-14 soon.
 

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Today my 3-lens kit would still consist of the 12-35/2.8 + 35-100/2.8 combo I've had since I went all-in on micro four thirds. The 3rd lens would be the Panasonic Leica 15/1.7 for low light and street. But realistically, I always travel with 2 bodies and 4 lenses: 12-35, 35-100, 15, and a superwide zoom. Previously the 9-18 but now the 8-18.
 

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General purpose and scouting lens: Olympus 12-100 f/4 Pro.
Birds: Olympus 300mm f/4 Pro with occasional 1.4x tele-converter.
People: Olympus 45mm f/1.2 Pro.

Wide, if needed beyond what the above 12-100mm can do: Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 Pro.

Prefer to keep "Pro" glass on the body if nothing more to keep the afternoon's flying desert dust out of them. Now we got ash from CA forest fires blowing and settling down everywhere and no blue skies, mostly red or orange sun all day too. Even sky two hours after sunrise is warmer than an old tungstern light bulb ( i.e. 2,960K) below:

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I've been having a hoot lately, with just one.
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I've been hankering for a 45/1.8, it would complete a very useful 3-lens lineup of 12-32mm, 20mm and 45mm.

The little 14mm f2.5 has been very inexpensive lately online, but with M4/3 DoF there isn't a great deal of difference between this lens and 14mm on the 12-32mm. Still, the 14mm I'd a sweet, tiny lens. A prime kit of 14/20/45 would be great.
 

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At the moment to go with my G85, they would be my Panasonic 12-60 3.5-5.6, 14-140 II, and 30 2.8 macro. The list might change when the budget allows for the P 100-300 II and a couple of primes I am considering.
 

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With my GX9:
- Zoom lens: Lumix 12-32mm or Lumix 12-60mm (depending on the situation).
- fast prime: PL 15mm
- Macro: m.Zuiko 60mm
 

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I can't stick to a 3 lens line up, I will go out with one camera to four with lenses on depending on what is being done or how I feel. There are four more frequent used lenses the 2 kit 12's (12-32 and 12-60) then the 15 and 25 PanLeicas. I do have a strong sweet spot for the 12-32 though.
 

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Okay, I'll bite.

With the GX9, it's a 3-lens line-up: the PL15 (with that cool f/1.7 lens and its stellar image quality) - the Lumix Vario X 12-35mm zoom (with the fixed f/2.8 max aperture) - and my recently added 75-300ii for everything else.

With the E-P5, it's only a 2-lens line-up: the tiny 20mm lens - and the even tinier Olympus 9mm fisheye BCL (body-cap-lens).
 

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Lately for photography, i just went with the big bulbous non lightweight and prone to highlight, the sigma 8-16mm, either adapted or speedboosted... and that's that, just one lens per outing, but this time around with a zoom lens...

But this thread require me to make it a three... so, here:
- Most used : panasonic 20mm
- Lately used : sigma 8-16mm
- For some occation : Simply the fast 40mm lens i could find first from the dry box. Like hexanon 40mm or the modified lens of Himatic, Canonet, RD, or Electro... I would never bring the glorious and my beloved sigma 40mm and tokina 40mm

For video, it'll be a different story... But a 40mm efl lens still a must and that tokina or sigma.
 
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My MFT landscape setup used to be just two lenses; Oly 9-18mm and Lumix 12-60mm. But recently I went for a quick outing with Oly 9-18mm, Panny 20/1.7 and Oly 45/1.8, and came back with couple of my favourite fall colour images from this autumn. Didn't use the 45, though... But I'll certainly try that setup again.

On my FF bag it's always a widezoom, standard zoom (24-105) and a telezoom. Or just the wide and standard if I know tele is useless for the location I'm visiting. At one point it was widezoom, 50mm prime and a telezoom, but then I invested in a good enough standard zoom, and that has been my most important workhorse ever since.

I have been thinking of a three lens prime setup for photo walks, though. Maybe 18-45-75 for FF and 10-20-45mm for MFT... But that would require further lens investments...
 

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