Lens lineup to take travelling

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  1. Stornn

    Stornn Member

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    Hi hi,

    I've got an OM-D and I'm going to India in November for about six weeks. I'm trying to take minimal bulk - just taking along carryon luggage (a 40L backpack) and a mini daypack with my camera and a couple lenses inside.

    I'm trying to decide what lenses I should run with... I was looking at taking no more than two lenses (maaaybe three). I prefer having minimal equipment to manage, which forces me to think about my photos more, and helps since space will be at a premium.

    I currently own:
    Olympus 12-50mm - I don't really like this/zooms and am trying to sell it
    Olympus 45mm f/1.8 - I don't use this a whole bunch but optically it's amazing, I'm not a huge fan of this focal length and it's a bit long for my liking
    Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 - I like this lens a lot but the autofocus can be a bit frustrating
    Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 - This one is great and I love it, I really like this focal length. Just bought it a week ago so still getting used to it

    I was tempted to offload my 20mm f/1.7 and take the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 and purchase a Panasonic 25mm f/1.4. That would give me a semi-wide for landscapes, street and candids and a normal fast lens for portraits and just general shooting.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Deftone2k

    Deftone2k In the Darkroom

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    Take what lens you use most.

    Then take whatever is totally different to that lens.
     
  3. theicemagic

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    I've not been to India, but I'd imagine it'd be a place where it can be tight, and you'd be better suited to a wider lens.

    However, I would highly recommend taking a long lens too. I don't know what the crop is on the OMD, but guessing it's 2:1 so the 45 might be pretty good.

    I find myself shooting in the 30mm range a lot when I'm in Japan, and quite like it when out and about.
     
  4. Gaidin

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    Whats the crop factor on the OM-D, 2x right?

    If thats the case then you'll need something in that 14mm range for general landscapes and any street that you want to do...
     
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    2x crop, yep. I don't want anything longer than the 45mm (I don't care much about wildlife shots really)... I guess the only real use for the 45mm would be candid street portraits?

    I think I'll definitely take the 14mm f2.5, I agree with you guys in that having a reasonably wide lens is pretty essential. I also love the lens.
     
  6. theicemagic

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    The 45 won't be a large lens, take that... believe me, you'll kick yourself if you don't have something a little long.

    My preferences are:

    UWA (14-18mm equivalent)
    Wide (~25-35mm equivalent)
    Standard (48-58mm equivalent)
    Portrait (70-90mm equivalent)
     
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    In what situations do you think I'll really miss the 45mm?

    It's not just the size - it's also the ability to simplify my phototaking process by just having two lenses...
     
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    Honestly, there's plenty... You never know. sometimes you might not ever take a lens out, but three relatively smallish lenses should be manageable if you ask me.

    There's always times when I simply want to crop in a lot, people shots etc.
     
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    hmm.. I'll maybe do some street with the 45 and see how I go. Not sure still.

    Does anyone have any thoughts / experience on the 20mm 1.7 vs the 25mm 1.4?
     
  10. lench

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    1 zoom and 1 prime is a good balance
    flashes are unnecessary and so are tripods unless you can see yourself using it more than twice
     
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    I'd bring 14, 20 and 12-50, since you're so-so about the 45.


    What don't you like about the 12-50? I always thought having a weather-sealed lens would be awesome for travelling.
     
  12. Remote Man

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    I'm off to Europe soon and I'm buying the OM-D, if those are FF measure I'd be looking for...
    Divide FF by 2...

    7-9mm
    14-50mm - is the Kit lens does 24mm-100mm covers Wide and standard

    Do I need/want another longer lens or something shorter ~20mm(40mm equiv) pancake prime?
     
  13. Deftone2k

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    Do you?

    I dont get this, you are the one who takes photos.....

    What focal lengths do you normally shoot the most? Take those.
     
  14. C.Michael

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    If I was taking my 5D away, I'd take a 35 / 50 (some people tend towards 35, others 50. Personal choice), 85 & 17-40. If I had to throw one it'd be the 85 because I rarely shoot long.
     
  15. Remote Man

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    That's it... I don't it's my first interchangeable lens camera, I always like shooting wide when I do get a camera in my hand for scenery (love a good panorama)... In fact I'm not sure where I'd need a long lens my eyes aren't that great and shooting far away stuff seems like lots of effort...
     

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