One lens One body camera — mft or bridge camera?

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Henry Richardson Forum Pro • Posts: 16,683
Re: 12-200mm or 1" ZS100

Chizuka wrote:

Henry Richardson wrote:

Chizuka wrote:

Hi, i am faced with a dilemma. I want to travel with only one camera and one lens because I will be walking a lot all day and I am a small woman. I would like the lens to cover a 12-150 range ideally (in mft terms) and I don’t want to buy the Olympus 12-100 PRO because of the cost.

I am looking at the new Olympus 12-200 or the older 14-150 f4.5/5.6 or at a bridge camera with a 1inch sensor. Is there a noticeable difference in IQ between the mft options and a Bridge camera like the Sony Rx10 mk3 or the Lumix FZ 2500 or something similar.

I would be using the Lumix G9 body.

If you want one lens that has 12-150mm (or more) then your only m4/3 choice is the Olympus 12-200mm lens. The G9 + 12-200mm is going to be rather large and heavy and you imply that is a problem. The Olympus 14-150mm is much smaller/lighter and I prefer it for my many travels (I have version II and I) with m4/3 since April 2012. I put it on a PEN-F or E-M10II though and they are much smaller/lighter than the G9. Photos here:

http://www.bakubo.com

As I mentioned to another user, I do have the EM10 MK2 also but I don't really trust it for a vacation abroad. So perhaps the 14-150 or the 14-140 would be the solution for me. It is a hard decision/compromise for me to make because I usually use the Oly 12-40 Pro and the Oly 40-150 Pro but they are together too big and too heavy, and as I said, on this vacation, there will be a lot of walking all day and I just have to have one lens, one body.

I am not sure what you mean about not trusting the E-M10II. Do you mean yours is broken or has some problem? I have used my E-M10II and E-M10 on many trips (see website galleries). And E-M5 on earlier ones. And PEN-F also. My favorite travel bodies though are the E-M10II with the E-M10 as the backup since they are small, light, capable, and use the same batteries.

I carry 2-3 other lenses also when I travel, an extra m4/3 body, flash, and a small pocket camera (Sony RX100 or Canon S95).

If you can get by with the electronic zoom and generally somewhat slower operation you can get one of the 1" sensor compacts such as the Panasonic ZS100/TZ100/TX1 with Panasonic-Leica 25-250mm lens. It is small and light, but full featured. I bought one for $419 in January and wrote a user review:

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/62337549

Canon and Sony make some 1" models also that you can consider.

Everything depends on what you will compromise on. A 1" can do a lot and produce good results (especially if you shoot raw), but when the light gets low then the bigger 4/3 sensor will be handy.

I do shoot RAW. Would not have it any other way. Yes, light is likely to be an issue at times.

Only you can decide which compromises you want to make. You sound like you don't want to make any compromises though. In that case I suggest you take the G9 + 12-40 + 40-150mm so that you won't have to have any doubts. Learn mind control techniques so that if you get tired carrying it all while traveling you can ignore the fatigue and weight. Be sure to take an extra body too though because I never take a trip abroad without a backup body. Get at least one fast prime too for low light. The G9 is not any good with a slow zoom in low light. In your case the 17mm f1.2 or 25mm f1.2 would be ideal. I always carry a wider than 12mm zoom too. In your case that would be the 7-14mm f2.8.

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