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Standard zoom and mid range Lenses with focal lengths larger than 12mm, but no longer than 60mm, includes standard zooms and portrait primes plus some macro lenses.

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Travel zoom

I have an E-M10 Mk2 and A 12-40 PRO. Lovely setup and great lens but on a couple of city breaks recently and have found it a bit heavy and awkward to carry either with shoulder or hand strap. Im looking for advice, therefore, about a possible replacement. Id be quite happy with a non zoom of either 35 or 50mm equivalent but it must be quite a bit lighter to carry around.
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Re: Travel zoom

I spent a few days away with an Olympus 14-150 on an em1 which for me was perfect - small enough, light and covered every focl length I could have needed.
However I am more used to a full frame nikon so my idea of small and light may not be yours, but as a one-lens solution I'd highly recommend it.
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Re: Travel zoom

I also use the Olympus 14-150 on my PEN-F and find it very handy for single lens/body usage. As a prime lens I'd probably plump for my Leica 15mm f1.7 on the PEN-F but that does depend on the places I'm intending to visit. It's great for stately homes and art galleries/museums (if cameras are allowed).

But my more serious single lens/body outfit would be my E-M1 MKII and 12-100 zoom, which would of course be a fair bit heavier than your existing kit!
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Re: Travel zoom

Pays yer money and takes yer choice...……..

I have the TG-5, and that will work well as a travel camera. However, the IQ of the Em1 ii is so much better, I am tempted to take that, with the 12-40 pro, and a Fisheye for those cathedrals etc...………

No real need for a large zoom, unless the missus lets me go birding....(she won't)(Either species)...………...
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Re: Travel zoom

If the 12-40 is the focal length you need then the lightest equivalent is the 14-42EZ. My 'serious' walkabout is now the EM1 + 12-100 but it's big by MFT standards. When size and weight are an issue the EM5 + 14-42 fits easily in a cargo pocket. I daresay it would do as well on the EM10.
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Re: Travel zoom

Thanks for all this. Didn’t mention that I need to print out at A3 size. Does that influnce recommendations?
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Re: Travel zoom

It depends on the quality of print you want. Compact zooms like the 14-42 or 11x zooms like the 14-150 will not give you the same IQ as the 12-40 or any other pro lens. You're trading IQ for convenience and only you can tell which matters most to you. I took some church interior photos a few years ago with the 14-150. The light was very poor and so were the results, so much so that I went back to the vehicle and got the 12-40. The difference was startling at the same focal length so the 14-150 went.
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Re: Travel zoom

So might the 17mm 1.8 be a possibility?
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Re: Travel zoom

Only if you are happy with its results...…………

Can't give YOU a QUALITATIVE opinion...………

Have you tried it before? Personally, I would prefer a zoom, as mentioned above. But only you can decide...….

What do you intend to photo...…….family in front of churches, amazing scenery, close ups of gargoyles.

Best have a simple range of lenses, the small 40-150 will be a good option if you are not after amazing quality...…………

Go for it...
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Re: Travel zoom

Don't forget the 12-50 zoom, which I bought as part of a 'Travel Kit' with an E-M5. It is weather-sealed and has a useful macro facility at a fixed 43 mm FL. There is also an electronic zoom which can be useful if you take video clips on holiday. It has served me well, in conditions ranging from Iceland to the tropical rainforest of Borneo.

If you need more aperture, I find the 17 mm f/1.8 is a useful 'street' lens
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Re: Travel zoom

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It depends on the quality of print you want. Compact zooms like the 14-42 or 11x zooms like the 14-150 will not give you the same IQ as the 12-40 or any other pro lens. You're trading IQ for convenience and only you can tell which matters most to you. I took some church interior photos a few years ago with the 14-150. The light was very poor and so were the results, so much so that I went back to the vehicle and got the 12-40. The difference was startling at the same focal length so the 14-150 went.
Very well said. In my brief visit to Derbyshire, I started with the 14-150 but eventually gave that up for the 12-40. For the rest of the UK tour, it was basically the 12-40.
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Re: Travel zoom

That's because you sold your 12-100 to me Henry, and very grateful I am too. It's a bit of a weight but it's a remarkable lens.
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Re: Travel zoom

Please don't make me regret that decision.

I really don't know if I would have continued using it for the rest of the trip if I had kept it.

I think you have a similar shot at Cromford Mill taken with the 12-100 while I shot this with the 14-150

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Re: Travel zoom

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I have an E-M10 Mk2 and A 12-40 PRO. Lovely setup and great lens but on a couple of city breaks recently and have found it a bit heavy and awkward to carry either with shoulder or hand strap. Im looking for advice, therefore, about a possible replacement. Id be quite happy with a non zoom of either 35 or 50mm equivalent but it must be quite a bit lighter to carry around.
Thanks.

I have an E-M10 Mkii too and I've been tempted by the 12-40 PRO several times but the size of it (and cost) put me off.



For sheer walkabout convenience the 14-42mm EZ lens is very hard to beat.

Obviously the smaller aperture is significant but I find it perfectly acceptable for day time walking about on holiday.
They can be had for around 100 used privately or 130 from online camera dealers like Camera Jungle.

My shots from the 14-42mm EZ are here...
https://flic.kr/s/aHsm1c7oMZ


If you're happy with a prime then the Olympus f1.8 17mm is a cracker and is probably my favourite lens.

It's more expensive at >220 used and obviously you're zooming with your feet which is not always practical.
It's my go to evening lens and often stays on during the day.

My shots from the f1.8 17mm are here...
https://flic.kr/s/aHsm2xFXw1


I bought the f1.8 because I liked the f2.8 pancake so much and used it so often.

Obviously it's slower but it's also smaller and significantly cheaper.
I still have it for sale if you were interested?
http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=47151

My shots from the f2.8 17mm are here...
https://flic.kr/s/aHsm1iKTF8


Finally the Panasonic f1.7 25mm is a great lens and an absolute bargain at 150 new. It looks slightly larger than the others because of the shape of the barrel but it's very light.
I do find the 50mm equivalent length a bit long for indoor shots so it's less frequently used.


My shots from the Panasonif f1.7 25mm here

https://flic.kr/s/aHsm2xFXw1


I never seriously considered any of the super zooms because for most of my photography I have no need of the telephoto end of the range so I'd be carrying extra bulk for no particular reason.
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Re: Travel zoom

AMc. Thank you for the reply, very useful and for the offer. Absolutely no reflection on tour lens but I would prefer the fater 1.8 and a new one. Many thanks, again.
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