Backpacking/world travel 45mm or 75mm?

Started Mar 10, 2014 | Questions thread
Guy Parsons
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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.....


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.

Regards...... Guy

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