Purchasing a Travel Lens

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Felice62 Senior Member • Posts: 1,963
Re: Purchasing a Travel Lens

Falcon04 wrote:

Good afternoon. I am currently living in Europe thanks to my job and have been doing a significant amount of traveling as a result. I'm in the market for a new lens and after reviewing a number of prior threads, I wanted to ask for thoughts with my specifics:

I am not a pro. I own an Olympus E-M10 Mark II and have the 14-42mm II R (f/3.5-5.6) kit lens, a 40-150mm (f/4-5.6) kit lense and a Pany 20mm f/1.7 (v2). On a recent trip, I got tired of swapping lenses based off what I was trying to capture. I'm looking for an all-around lens to capture my family and the places we visit in our travels. My budget is approximately $650.

I've narrowed my choices down to the following:

A. Oly 14-150mm II (f/4-5.6) $599 [New]

B. Pany 14-140 II (f/3.5-5.6) $597 [New]

C. PL 12-60 (f/2.8-4) $629 [Used]

Of these, I've been leaning toward the Pany 14-140 II; but then I came across the used PL 12-60, which is appealing due to the extra 2mm on the wide end, and better aperture across the entire zoom range.

For my general travels, do I substantially gain anything by choosing the PL over the Pany?

I have all three of the above lenses.

The jack of all trades for me, when packing light, it the Olympus 14-150ii.

IT is a great travel lens, or a superior kit lens, if you want..

I find it to be better than the Panny 14-140.

The PL12-60 is a fantastic lens but you'll soon miss the extra reach. If you visit cities, like I do, the extra 2mm on the wide end may come up handy at times. But the huge difference of the long end will be a shortage in more occurrences.

This is my personal though, of course, as there is no absolute truth, given the choice of lenses you gave.

Good luck with your purchase.

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