Favorite walk-about lens

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bjarne
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Favorite walk-about lens
May 20, 2013

What is your favorite walk-about (general purpose, vacation) lens for m4/3?

Background: I'm spoiled by the Olympus 12-60 zoom

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Re: Favorite walk-about lens
In reply to bjarne, May 20, 2013

bjarne wrote:

What is your favorite walk-about (general purpose, vacation) lens for m4/3?

Background: I'm spoiled by the Olympus 12-60 zoom

Single lens solution: Panasonic 14-140mm.  The new one coming out is supposed to be even better and much lighter, so I would suggest looking at that.

I would add the 14mm (or 12mm if it's in the budget) for around town/small lens options, though, too.

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I have the 45 and 60mm lens but I take the 12-50 as my walk around lens. I had it in Europe and it did a fine job.

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My Favorite walk-about lens is . . . .
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. . . . the Oly 12-50mm on my E-M5.  I have a "belt-pack", made by Lowepro which can also hold 3-4 other lenses.  But the 12-50 is easily my most used lens.

I also own the 17, 45, 40-150 and the 75-300mm lenses for this camera.

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Re: Favorite walk-about lens
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bjarne wrote:

What is your favorite walk-about (general purpose, vacation) lens for m4/3?

Background: I'm spoiled by the Olympus 12-60 zoom

I'm spoiled by kit 14-45. But I always have with me 1.7/20 just in case.

And I have more in my bag that is not with me when I walk-about.

Vacation is not walk about for me, and I have my bag in close reach.

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Lately I seem to use my Oly (m.Z) 9-18mm more and more.

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20 f/1.7!

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The Panasonic 12-35. Do I wish it was longer? Yes. Does it stay on my camera 80-90% of the time. Absolutely.

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Re: Favorite walk-about lens
In reply to bjarne, May 20, 2013

Have OM-D. Favorite is Panasonic 12-35. Had the 12-50 but sold it, as I didn't care for the IQ. Have 14-150, which is convenient but IQ is so so and too slow here in cloudy Seattle. Good vacation or casual photography lens in good light though. Second favorite and most used is the 25/1.4. Used to be the 20, which is a more versatile focal length for me but I much preferred the 25's output after using both for a year or so.

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for "tourist" walkabouts
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the 14-54 MkI.  I'd love to have the MkII, but you use what you've got.  For day-hiking, the 12-50, and I frequently add the 40-150.  I have a very good copy of the 12-50, and it's excellent from 12-25, stopped down 1/2 stop, and from 15-20, stopped down 1/2 - 1 stop.  Add the pseudo-macro, and it's excellent for what it is....a kit lens.  I have a Mountainsmith fanny pack that takes camera, two lenses, water and a rain shelll.

No argument, the 12-35 is better, but it's also 4 times as expensive.  You get what you pay for.

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Re: for "tourist" walkabouts
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mring1 wrote:

the 14-54 MkI.  I'd love to have the MkII, but you use what you've got.  For day-hiking, the 12-50, and I frequently add the 40-150.  I have a very good copy of the 12-50, and it's excellent from 12-25, stopped down 1/2 stop, and from 15-20, stopped down 1/2 - 1 stop.  Add the pseudo-macro, and it's excellent for what it is....a kit lens.  I have a Mountainsmith fanny pack that takes camera, two lenses, water and a rain shelll.

No argument, the 12-35 is better, but it's also 4 times as expensive.  You get what you pay for.

I meant to say:  "from 25-40, stopped down 1/2 - 1 stop."  Beyond 40, the 12-50 is an "f/8 and be there" lens.

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Re: Favorite walk-about lens
In reply to jalywol, May 20, 2013

Have you seen a test of the new 14-140mm? Have seen the two Panasonic MFT graphs, but no reviews.

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Panasonic 20mm. Or 14? I really like both. If I were to take a single lens on a vacation, it would probably be the 20. Or 14?

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In reply to bjarne, May 20, 2013

I couldn't decide between the Olympus 12~50 and the newer versiojn of the 14~42 so I bought both to see for myself. I still own both. My decision was to keep both!

When I bought the OMD I wanted small lenses, so the 14~42 fits the bill there. It fits nicely in the top pocket of my rucksack whereas the 12~50 is too long. However, the 12~50 has better range and is reasonably good for macro. That makes it more versatile as a walkabouit lens. They are both so cheap I'm happy to keep both. The 14~42 spends more time with me because it's so small, but the 12~50 is a better choice assuming I'm carrying a camera bag rather than my rucksack.

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Olympus m.Zuiko 14-150mm
In reply to bjarne, May 20, 2013

While my favorite lens for the E-PL5 is the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7, my main walkabout lens is the Olympus m.Zuiko 14-150mm. It's my go-to lens whenever I don't want (or can't) bring more than 1 lens. Naturally, there are certain image quality limitations, but they are more than offset by the 10x zoom range.

Alternatives:

Oly 14-42mm II kit lens: For times when I know I won't need the extra zoom range, or I need to do more close-up work

Oly 12-50mm kit lens: I haven't pesonally used it, but I've seen some great photos produced by this lens. And it's macro performance is a nice plus.

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Re: Favorite walk-about lens
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bjarne wrote:

What is your favorite walk-about (general purpose, vacation) lens for m4/3?

Background: I'm spoiled by the Olympus 12-60 zoom

I actually quite like wondering around the with 35-100mm on my camera. Apart from the 25mm it's the highest quality lens I have and I do like a more telephoto view of a lot of things.

Now I just need a little second body and someone to come out with a faster 17mm and I'll be sorted (I know about the voigtlander but it's just so big for a second body)

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In reply to bjarne, May 20, 2013

For Holidays I used to take the 14-140 for general use and the 20/1.7 for low light.

Current plan is in future to take the 12-35 and 35-100 f2.8 zooms instead, as the quality is better, 12mm is handy, and they're only an extra 105g.

For walk-around the f2.8 zooms are currently it, if I could only take one it'd be the 35-100.

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Re: Favorite walk-about lens
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I'm enjoying the tiny Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 ZM.

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Re: Favorite walk-about lens
In reply to bjarne, May 20, 2013

I wonder if I'm the only person who uses the 100-300 as my walkaround lens.  It's permanently on the camera.  I shoot, birds, insects and planes all other subjects have to fit in around that.

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