Backpacking/world travel 45mm or 75mm?

Started Mar 10, 2014 | Questions thread
JeanPierre Martel Veteran Member • Posts: 3,053
Three zooms for All Opportunities

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.

 JeanPierre Martel's gear list:JeanPierre Martel's gear list
Olympus E-M5 II Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm F1.8 Olympus 12-40mm F2.8 Leica Nocticron 42.5mm Olympus 40-150mm F2.8 Pro +23 more
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