Backpacking/world travel 45mm or 75mm?

Started Mar 10, 2014 | Questions thread
Dave Sanders Senior Member • Posts: 2,483
How dedicated are you to the photographic part of your trip? Take both.

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?

If you are dedicated, take both. I wouldn't travel without a long lens and while zooms are handy, the speed and ability to isolate will result in much better photos. The truth is, if you're not going to put the time in to get decent photos, just take your 12-40 and a tele zoom and be happy. If you want to spend a bit of time focusing on photography, go with a couple of primes. My most used lenses, especially when I travel, are generally telephotos. They're not only usual for street scenes but for highlighting details and for mountain landscapes...I found that it was difficult to convey the grandeur of Nepal's mountain ranges without using the compression effect of a telephoto. Then again, I backpacked with a 28, 50, 85, 100 and 100-300 lenses so I may be on the extreme end of what people are willing to carry.

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