OMD + one lens for mountaineering

Started Mar 27, 2013 | Questions thread
CharlesTokyo Contributing Member • Posts: 721
Re: 9-18 or RX100

Thin_Ice wrote:

Thanks for the good advice here.

I am also not looking for "postcard shots", but want to bring back pictures of people/groups in this special setting. The guide is also responsible for the foto souvenirs...

My first idea was the 17 mm 1.8, but i think this one gives not the right posibilities in perspectives.  Then i was thinking of the 9-18, but overall i am a bit underwelmed by the pictures in the flickr pool.  I dont like to much distortion, especially in pictures with people on them.

It's a nice lens and it's what I use most now, but as you are thinking, it might be be wide enough in some cases. For group photos in tight places you might want something wider, although it could add the distortion you don't like.

The 12 mm is pricy, only one focal length and falls within the zoom range of the expected quality zoom.  On the other hand, the 12 mm is small and the pictures I have seen, really stand out.  F 2 could be usefull in the morning before sunrise and at the dinner table in the mountain cabin.  12 mm shoul be fine for summit portraits.

F2 might be useful, but the OM-D also has such good IBIS I don't think you'll need it. Pumping the ISO a bit isn't really a problem with it either. At 12mm you can get a lot of distortion when shooting people. You need to be careful how to compose.

The 45 mm seems an excellent option to shoot stitched panoramas, but i am affraid that i don't have the time to switch lenses during the day.

It might be an issue. You might look at the Peak Design capture clip. It can mount the camera stably on your bag straps or belt while you can change lenses so you have less to juggle/drop. Just need a pouch in easy reach with another lens. I love mine when hiking. Switching lenses is a pain though.

any other thoughts / am i underestimating the 9-18 / should I go for the 12 mm?

The shots you see with the 9-18 that have a lot of distortion are probably on the 9mm end. On the 18mm end it can make a nice portrait lens. You shouldn't end up with much distortion unless you frame it oddly. It's my second most used lens. The photos come out beautifully. It's so small and light. On the downside if you always retract it extending can be a two handed operation in most cases. (basically zooming). The capture clip I mentioned earlier can help.

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