Backpacking/world travel 45mm or 75mm?

Started Mar 10, 2014 | Questions thread
Jay Siegel
Jay Siegel Senior Member • Posts: 1,311
Re: Backpacking/world travel 45mm or 75mm?

It seems that you already have the E-M5.  Can't tell from your post whether you already have the 12-40mm f2.8 zoom or you're planning to buy it.  It is a great lens but it is relatively big and heavy.

I traveled to Hawaii and brought my E-M5, 12-40mm f2.8 and the Oly 40-150mm zoom lens.  the 40-150 while a bit slow, however, it is very light and makes a great travel companion lens.  I was very happy with this combination, small, light total package covering 12-150mm focal length (24-300mm 35mm equivalent!).

You definitely need backup.  I would get the two lens Oly E-PM2 great deal for under $400.  This would give you the 40-150mm and a backup camera and kit zoom in a reasonably light small total package.

If you really must go prime then I would get the (12mm or 17mm), 45mm, and 75mm series of f1.8 primes along with the E-PM2 two lens kit as backup.  The 12 and 75mm primes are not cheap but great lenses.

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