Panasonic 12-35/2.8 + Pana 14/2.5 + Pana 25/1.4 or Pana 12-35/2.8 + 20/1.7 + 45/1.8?

Started May 26, 2012 | Discussions thread
sean000 Veteran Member • Posts: 7,326
Re: Will you need primes overlapping a fast zoom?

Project Revolife wrote:

I will be backpacking the world next year so I've been going back and forth for a compact, light, versatile and quality lens combo to go with a new Olympus OM-D.

It's between these two combinations where I am looking for a weather sealed all purpose lens that covers wide to standard, 1 compact lens and a good low light lens with good bokeh for portrait street photography. Cost is nealy the same.

Panasonic 12-35/2.8 + Panasonic 20/1.7 + Olympus 45/1.8


Panasonic 12-35/2.8 + Panasonic 14/2.5 + Panasonic 25/1.4

I would ask yourself why you really need the pancake primes along with the 12-35mm f/2.8? The 12-35 is probably going to be as good as the 14mm pancake at 14mm, and almost as fast. Same when it comes to the 20mm. In the case of the 20mm you gain 1.5 stop of aperture advantage though. The 25mm gives you a two stop advantage and might have the edge in image quality...although I expect the 12-35mm to be excellent in that department. So that just leaves the advantages being that you can leave the 12-35mm behind when you want to and carry the primes for a really compact kit.

It really depends on what you like to photograph. Personally I would like an ultrawide like the 9-18mm, 7-14mm, or 12mm. I might also be tempted to carry the 12-50mm sealed zoom and then a couple of fast primes to supplement (like the 20mm f/1.7 and 45mm f/1.8). A telephoto might also be nice, but for my purposes an ultrawide would be more worth carrying.

Have a great time!


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