Starting from Scratch - Recommend a Lense Set?

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Bassaidai Contributing Member • Posts: 801
Re: Starting from Scratch - Recommend a Lense Set?
  • ultrawide:
    • Oly Pro 8mm/f1.8 for astro, night and cityscape. Defished and used with HighRes Mode this even makes for a serious (post)zoom lens
    • Pana Leica 8-18/2.8-4.0 for landscape, city
  • midrange:
    • Oly Pro 12-100/4.0 for an alround lens
    • Pana Leica 12-60/2.8-4.0, a stop faster at the wide end,  but 40mm shorter than the Oly 
    • Panasonic Lumix 14-140
  • telerange, either of the three:
    • Oly Pro 40-150/2.8 with 1.4x and/or 2.0x teleconverter
    • Pana Leica 50-200/2.8-4.0 with 1.4x extender
    • Pana Leica 100-400.

Very personal view: I have both UWA lenses, the PL 12-60, the Oly 40-150/2.8 and the PL 100-400.

For lightweight, one lens setting, I used to grab the 12-60. One excellent lens, which I seem to either use at 12mm (and complain its not wide enough) or at the 60mm end (and complain its not long enough). <- so over time I very rarely used that. IF ever I need to go "one lens" I'd rather grab the Sigma 56/1.4 and work on the angles and composition more, enjoying the seperation, bokeh and speed of the that lens.

For lightweight two lens trips I grab the PL 8-18 and the Oly 40-150 plus both converters. I seem not to desire the mid-range focal lengths and don't mid the 18-40 gap. This is the most often used "just grab the kit and go" setting.

For a 3 lens setup I grab the 8-18, Oly 40-150 and the Pana Leica 100-400 <- if I know I will need the super long 800mm equiv range

For holidays/car trips: take'em all... (and my wifey carries the water supplies... ^^)

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Panasonic GH5 Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm F2.8 Macro Olympus 40-150mm F2.8 Pro Olympus 8mm F1.8 Fisheye Pro +8 more
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