Backpacking/world travel 45mm or 75mm?

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Backpacking/world travel 45mm or 75mm?
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In 7 months time I'll be leaving for an 18 month world packing packing trip and can't decide what lenses to take. The trip is going to be a mix of everything (hiking in the Himalayas, European cities, snowboarding in Japan, SE Asia....) as will my photos.

At the moment I'm taking my EM5 with the 12-40mm and the 9mm fish eye body cap (takes up no space and is cheap).

I want to take one more prime with me, the 45mm or the 75mm? I don't want to take both because I'm backpacking and weight/space will be an issue. If you could choose one of these for my situation which one would it be?

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In 7 months time I'll be leaving for an 18 month world packing packing trip and can't decide what lenses to take. The trip is going to be a mix of everything (hiking in the Himalayas, European cities, snowboarding in Japan, SE Asia....) as will my photos.

At the moment I'm taking my EM5 with the 12-40mm and the 9mm fish eye body cap (takes up no space and is cheap).

With that mix of purposes, in my perception an ILC is just an unnecessary distraction.

Even here in Auckland I have seen one tourist wasting a whole ferry trip with selecting lenses, he did not get a single shot. I got stills and movies during the same trip on my P&S.

With hiking in the Himalayas and snowboarding on the itinerary I would look at a Tough pocket P&S.

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wilsc wrote:

In 7 months time I'll be leaving for an 18 month world packing packing trip and can't decide what lenses to take. The trip is going to be a mix of everything (hiking in the Himalayas, European cities, snowboarding in Japan, SE Asia....) as will my photos.

At the moment I'm taking my EM5 with the 12-40mm and the 9mm fish eye body cap (takes up no space and is cheap).

I want to take one more prime with me, the 45mm or the 75mm? I don't want to take both because I'm backpacking and weight/space will be an issue. If you could choose one of these for my situation which one would it be?

Bear in mind that a variant of Murphy's law suggests that if you specifically choose to leave a lens behind, that the perfect photo op that lens would be appropriate for will present itself.

Now, in terms of specs, I think the 45mm is redundant with the 12-40mm, unless you specifically shoot only at f/1.8 or f/2 (since the 12-40mm is f/2.8), or need the most pixels shooting at 45mm when 40mm with cropping won't do.  The 45 makes more sense when paired with consumer lenses in the f/3.5-5.6 range, as it gives you more flexibility.

Now, the 75mm is presumably a fine lens.  And it would give you the ability to shoot at a longer focal length, though it is less flexible since it isn't a zoom lens.  Are you comfortable composing for a specific focal length?  I tend to think the 75mm would be a great lens for somebody specifically shooting portraits, where you can move back or forward (zoom with your feet) to get the ideal shot.  However, your shots would seem to be more natural, organic shots, and not specifically portraiture.

If you haven't bought either lens yet, I would say is spend an extra $375 over the 75mm's price (currently $900 US at B&H) and go for the Panasonic 35-100mm ($1,275).  This lens is a zoom lens, so you are not restricted to a single focal length.  It is f/2.8 like you 12-40mm, and only 1 1/3 f/stop slower than the 75mm.  It isn't that much heavier than the 75mm.  It is weather sealed like your E-M5 and 12-40mm, so you don't have to worry about the weather as much.

On the other hand, Henry does have a point that people can miss photo opportunities when fiddling with lenses (particularly if you carry several primes).  Perhaps a pocketable super-zoom, like the SH-50 that he favors.  Or perhaps as he said one of the Tough cameras (either the TG-2 or the new TG-850.  The TG-2 has a faster lens, while the new TG-850 has an LCD that flips up so you can take self-ies more easily.

I do find the pocket cameras tend to be more invisible, while a big hulking DSLR tends to draw people's attention.  The E-M5 is probably closer to the DSLR than the pocket camera in terms of screaming 'I am a photographer taking pictures'.

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wilsc wrote:

In 7 months time I'll be leaving for an 18 month world packing packing trip and can't decide what lenses to take. The trip is going to be a mix of everything (hiking in the Himalayas, European cities, snowboarding in Japan, SE Asia....) as will my photos.

At the moment I'm taking my EM5 with the 12-40mm and the 9mm fish eye body cap (takes up no space and is cheap).

I want to take one more prime with me, the 45mm or the 75mm? I don't want to take both because I'm backpacking and weight/space will be an issue. If you could choose one of these for my situation which one would it be?

My suggestion?  Pick up the Oly 40-150mm for times when a longer lens is needed.  It's cheap, has excellent IQ and is very light.....

-J

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The 45 is likely to be a much more useful focal length on such a trip, the 75 is almost a specialty lens unless you are doing portraits in a large working space.  The 75 is also quite a bit bigger and heavier and more expensive than the 45.  So given the two choices you've given us I'd say the 45.

However, I actually don't think either are a good choice for your stated purpose.

On travel a fast prime would primarily be used either for low light or portraits.  Low light usually means confined space and the 45 is not going to be very useful in that environment.  And for portraits on travel in many cases you are looking for an "environmental portrait" and not the rather closely cropped portrait we'd normally do.  So again, looking for a wider angle.

If I was going to bring a prime on your trip it would probably be the 25/1.8 or 17/1.8.  If Panasonic will hurry up and actually release it the 15/1.7 would be another choice.

BTW, I think your choice to bring the 9mm BC is excellent for such a trip.  It is nice to have UWA along but not so nice to dedicate carrying a larger lens.

And I'd restrict it to your walk around zoom, BC and a prime.  You don't really need or want to be changing lenses a lot (or flashing lots of gear in some places) and you'll probably find the zoom stays on the camera the most anyway.

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It barely weighs anything. But it might not be a useful as you think. A Panasonic 20mm 1.7, olympus 25mm 1.8 or 17mm 1.8 would be more useful. It might be worth it to spend the money and get one of these lenses. Ive always found a fast normal to wide lens more used in my travels.

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I would stay with just the, 12-40.  But, you need a backup lens (or, camera) in case of an emergency.  So, I'd pack the Pan 20mm.  It's the primary lens that I now use, and it's wonderful for my likes.

Not long ago, someone posted a link to a motorcycle journal forum, where the author trekked through central Asia with only his camera being a, Fuji x100s.  One focal length (35mm), but the photos taken covered a wide gamut of shots.  The photos were spectacular!

Or, your E-M5 and an, LX7. That's all!

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I'd skip it. If you really think you can take two lenses, I'd go for the m.43 75-300. The quality is decent, it's very light, and it would give you a totally different focal length.

If you don't have a body that can use a 1/8000 shutter I'd think about an ND filter. You don't want to have to stop down a lot.

I would definitely get the Peak Design Capture Camera Clip. I use it when backpacking and it's great. When you're backpacking you don't want to be having to get into your pack all the time. Too much of a pain.

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jalywol wrote:

My suggestion? Pick up the Oly 40-150mm for times when a longer lens is needed. It's cheap, has excellent IQ and is very light.....

-J

Even better is the Panasonic 45-150mm lens, better built, slightly better performance, lens hood supplied, can use the OIS for a stabilised live view without button pressing for E-PL5 and later cameras. I use 12-40/2.8 (mostly) plus the 45-150mm (sometimes) and I think I will add the 9mm body cap lens for the odd fun shot. The 9-18mm stays at home now. Wide shots, take a few and stitch later.

Many times the 2x DTC is used with the 12-40mm so I get to "80mm" for those odd shots that don't need to be seen at big print sizes.

When travelling, selecting and changing lenses can be a nightmare, especially if others are sitting twiddling their thumbs waiting for you to get that "perfect shot". Being ready for anything at any time means using a good zoom like the 12-40mm or 45-150mm.

In fact for backup reliability I'm soon to add a second identical E-PL5 body so I will carry one with the 12-40mm and the other with the 45-150mm. No fumbling, always ready to grab from the small camera bag, no missed moments while fumbling with changing lenses, avoids holding up the others.

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For this type of traveling (backpacking) I'd take maximum 3 lenses. One wide zoom and two wide to normal primes. My choice would perhaps be the 7-14/4.0 plus O17/1.8 and O45/1.8. This kit is about 650g plus camera body and some batteries about 1kg - so nothing...

Re your question: Take the zoom but also a 17/1.8 and 45/1.8. Nothing can beat the look of the f1.8 in the 45 even if the zoom covers this focal length already. Also the 17 as it is super flexible and good for night or ambient light shots. The 75/1.8 would be too much of a specialist to me. How often would you really use it over the long end of the zoom?

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wilsc wrote:

In 7 months time I'll be leaving for an 18 month world packing packing trip and can't decide what lenses to take. The trip is going to be a mix of everything (hiking in the Himalayas, European cities, snowboarding in Japan, SE Asia....) as will my photos.

At the moment I'm taking my EM5 with the 12-40mm and the 9mm fish eye body cap (takes up no space and is cheap).

I want to take one more prime with me, the 45mm or the 75mm? I don't want to take both because I'm backpacking and weight/space will be an issue. If you could choose one of these for my situation which one would it be?

I'd probably opt for neither since, imo, the 75mm will be kind of a limited-use lens that will keep punishing you with its weight, and the 45's field of view is pretty much covered by your zoom.  Of course, if you REALLY REALLY like shooting portraits and like the 45's rendering, then yeah, bring it.

Also, unlike some other posters, I won't discourage you from bringing your EM5, either.  Even if you brought just the 12-40, I don't see anything wrong with bringing a camera that supports interchangeable lenses.  It's what you have, you're familiar with it, and it produces output that you like (presumably).  So by all means  use it if its size/weight isn't going to bother you.

For any kind of trip, I make it a habit to always bring a small P&S camera.  A ruggedized or waterproof P&S would make sense except that I've yet to try one that produces results that I like.  The Nikon 1-series-based underwater camera looks like it has a lot of potential, though.  But for me, I haven't _required_ a weatherproof or ruggedized P&S.  I keep the camera in a small, waterproof bag when water or dust is an issue.  Otherwise, it stays in a small pouch (I never put it unprotected into a pocket due to lint).

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Henry Falkner wrote:

wilsc wrote:

In 7 months time I'll be leaving for an 18 month world packing packing trip and can't decide what lenses to take. The trip is going to be a mix of everything (hiking in the Himalayas, European cities, snowboarding in Japan, SE Asia....) as will my photos.

At the moment I'm taking my EM5 with the 12-40mm and the 9mm fish eye body cap (takes up no space and is cheap).

With that mix of purposes, in my perception an ILC is just an unnecessary distraction.

Even here in Auckland I have seen one tourist wasting a whole ferry trip with selecting lenses, he did not get a single shot.

That's just incompetence and not a reason to avoid primes. I can swap lenses in seconds. If you want a focal length wider than 24mm equivalent, ILC is the only way.

That said, for a non-pro who doesn't plan to do street shooting at night or print bigger than 12"x16", something like an FZ200 is a good, cheap, very portable solution. I've made good 16"x24" prints from my 10MP LX5. The LX7, BTW, makes an excellent pocketable street shooter & landscape camera if you don't need tele. I do use long focal lengths, but I could happily shoot an extended vacation with an LX7 + LVF2.

Oops, getting OT. I guess I better answer the OP now.

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I have M4/3 cameras/lenses, LX7 and LF1. That said, if I were packing for your trip, and given your timeframe (7 mos. ahead), I'd have to wonder about the recently announced Canon G1X MII.  Forgive the heresy....

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wilsc wrote:

In 7 months time I'll be leaving for an 18 month world packing packing trip and can't decide what lenses to take. The trip is going to be a mix of everything (hiking in the Himalayas, European cities, snowboarding in Japan, SE Asia....) as will my photos.

At the moment I'm taking my EM5 with the 12-40mm and the 9mm fish eye body cap (takes up no space and is cheap).

I want to take one more prime with me, the 45mm or the 75mm? I don't want to take both because I'm backpacking and weight/space will be an issue. If you could choose one of these for my situation which one would it be?

Sorry if I am late. If those are the only in consideration, no brainer: 75.
The 12-40 is superb, and only a stop and a bit behind the 45.
You'll use that most of the time.
The 75mm gives you reach, speed should you need it and incredible sharpness.  Not just for portraits, it will pick out details in semi-distant scenery, architecture, crowded market places and offers a little discretion.  It will also compress road views a bit.
I'm sure you have many great pics taken with it, here are some 75mm uses  I'm sure you're familiar with.  I used it for some of these panoramas too.
Because there will be little or no foreground, impromptu, detailed hand-held panoramas are also a possibility as one of the above shows.

I can hear your lens, sitting in the bag, shouting "take me, take me" ...
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In reply to wilsc, 9 months ago

last year i was in SE asia for 3 weeks and at the time only had one lens for my em5: the panasonic leica 25mm f1.4. the 50mm equivalent focal length is very versatile, and so was the f1.4. seems like most people would recommend a 17 or a 20 for all purpose shooting but personally i find that range of focal lengths to be pretty bland -- neither here nor there. 25mm encourages a more thoughtful selectiveness in composition, in my opinion, just before it gets too specific or limiting as it might with the 45 or 75. i might recommend the new olympus 25mm f1.8 over the PL 1.4 for its lighter weight and substantially closer minimum focus distance, which i think opens up more dramatic photographic opportunities than simply a lens that's f0.4 faster, or has ineffable 'magical' image properties (that can sorta be faked in post anyway).

if you really just want to go longer, i'd agree with whatsisname about the inexpensive 40-150mm. when traveling i think you'll appreciate the versatility and longer length in order to pick out visual details and whatnot, more than uber sharpness & bokeh. saves you a pretty penny too (esp. if compared to the 75 or the 35-100!).

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wilsc wrote:

In 7 months time I'll be leaving for an 18 month world packing packing trip and can't decide what lenses to take. The trip is going to be a mix of everything (hiking in the Himalayas, European cities, snowboarding in Japan, SE Asia....) as will my photos.

At the moment I'm taking my EM5 with the 12-40mm and the 9mm fish eye body cap (takes up no space and is cheap).

I want to take one more prime with me, the 45mm or the 75mm? I don't want to take both because I'm backpacking and weight/space will be an issue. If you could choose one of these for my situation which one would it be?

Having just returned from a similar 3 month journey through parts of SEA, I had my Oly 14-150mm & Pano 20mm for darker conditions. I never needed anything else. When you're out there, you're not really going to want to change lenses too often or have the time when you're trying to get "the shot." A zoom with a longer range will have the reach or wide angle you need most of the time. And for as far as you're going, less is best. Your back will thank you.

But I realize you probably don't want to buy a new lens if you don't already have so the 75 since it give you a little more variety.

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I vote for the 75. Along with the 12-40 you can cover a huge range of potential situations. Everyones personal style is different, but I often like to take a series of shots of one subject using several different angles and perspectives. Then when I present, there may be three or five or whatever photos instead of one. You all here are going to laugh at me, but I often use a D610 with Tamron 24-70 f2.8 VC along with he 75 on my EM5 as my walk around kit. I carry the Nikon SB900 flash with (which can be used as a remote with the EM5). Now I know that is not a kit for backpacking, but it is the exact focal length range you will get with the 12-40 and 75.

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wilsc wrote:

I'll be leaving for an 18 month world packing packing trip. The trip is going to be a mix of everything (hiking in the Himalayas, European cities, snowboarding in Japan, SE Asia....) as will my photos.

At the moment I'm taking my EM5 with the 12-40mm and the 9mm fish eye body cap (takes up no space and is cheap).

I want to take one more prime with me, the 45mm or the 75mm?

Unless the purpose of your World tour is to take portraits, I'm not sure that these primes are essential for your trip.

My suggestion is completely different. Bring 3 zooms:
A) a Lumix 7-14mm (for narrow streets, landscape and ceiling of churches),
B) your M.Zuiko 12-40mm (as your main all-purpose lens),
C) a M.Zuiko 40-150mm (to zoom on distant objects).

These zooms would cover from 7mm to 150mm. That's about all focal ranges that you could need to cover during that trip.

You could also bring a small bright prime like the M.Zuiko 17mm (or the M.Zuiko 12mm, Lumix 20mm or PanLeica 25mm) for street photography.

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wilsc wrote:

In 7 months time I'll be leaving for an 18 month world packing packing trip…

I want to take one more prime with me, the 45mm or the 75mm? I don't want to take both because I'm backpacking and weight/space will be an issue. If you could choose one of these for my situation which one would it be?

That's a tough one.

If I were limiting myself to just two lenses, I guess I'd go with the 75mm for those times when 40mm isn't long enough. 45mm is really too close to 40mm to give you much extra range when you may want it. If you haven't used a 75mm much, it's very useful for a variety of purposes. Nature, in the street, details of things, landscapes…

If it were me, I'd also definitely want an ultra-wide… the 7-14mm.

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wilsc wrote:

In 7 months time I'll be leaving for an 18 month world packing packing trip and can't decide what lenses to take. The trip is going to be a mix of everything (hiking in the Himalayas, European cities, snowboarding in Japan, SE Asia....) as will my photos.

At the moment I'm taking my EM5 with the 12-40mm and the 9mm fish eye body cap (takes up no space and is cheap).

I want to take one more prime with me, the 45mm or the 75mm? I don't want to take both because I'm backpacking and weight/space will be an issue. If you could choose one of these for my situation which one would it be?

As others have said, I wouldn't take either. 18 months is a long time, so I'd be inclined to get exactly what's needed rather than try to shoehorn the 12-40 into the kit. My two lens choice for traveling would be a 14-140 II and a 20 f1.7 (on a body with IBIS), no question. If I were an ascetic/purist, a 12, 20 & 45 (they're tiny). The 14-140 covers pretty much everything in decent light. The 20 is for interiors and nighttime street shooting. If I had to take the 12-40, I'd complement it with a 45-150. For tele, it's more useful than a 75, and the 75 is too long to be much help in low light.

That said, if you're not a pro and don't print bigger than 12"x16", you might consider an FZ200 and an LX7 for much less than the price of a 75. Gives you a backup if one gets stolen or fails, and it gives you a pocketable (LX7) and a long tele zoom (FZ200). I've made nice 16"x24" landscape prints from an LX5 and really like the LX series. The LX7 is great for street shooting - AF is fast and it shoots RAW at 11fps.

Speaking of which, how are you going to store and backup all these photos? If you have access to computers on your trip, I recommend bringing or buying along the way a few cheap portable HDs and periodically DHLing your photos back home.

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