I want a better kit lens for travel...where to go?, please no primes...

Started Jul 25, 2013 | Discussions thread
mring1
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The Pany 12-35 is 3 - 4 times the price of a 12-50...
In reply to JMaldonado01, Jul 25, 2013

but I don't consider it 3-4 times as good.  I have a good copy of the 12-50, but I also understand its limitations.  Mine if very good from 12-25 stopped down 1/2 stop.  It's good from 25-40 stopped down 1/2 - 1 stop.  Beyond 40, it's "f/8 and be there."

That's why my light, budget travel kit is the 12-50 and the 40-150.  The 40-150 is IMHO the best value in the entire m4/3s line.  It's a lot faster and sharper than the 12-50 at the low end, and isn't bad at 150.  You can find it for $125, more or less. And the two lenses are VERY light.

Now...here's my other suggestion.  It's a little more money, but still a LOT less than the 12-35.  Get a 4/3s 14-54 Mk II and the adapter.  I think that lens is (currently) the best-valued zoom in the m4/3s lineup.  I have the Mk I version, so I can manually focus almost as fast as it auto focuses.  In S-AF, it takes 1.5-2.0 seconds.  Don't know how much better the Mk II is, but I know it's faster.

We've all heard the rumor about a m4/3s HG zoom that may be announced in September.  Great rumor, but at this point it's "vaporware."  If you're willing to wait, that's great.  If not, you've still got a number of good options.

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-54mm 1:2.8-3.5 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm 1:4-5.6 R Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 EZ
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