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Thoughts on what kit to take with me...

Morning all

I am putting together my final list of kit that I intend to take with me when we depart these shores next weekend for our family holiday to Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt; I'd appreciate your thoughts please...

Cameras:
E-3
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7-14mm
11-22mm
14-54mm
70-300mm

Now - here's my dilemma. I was initially thinking of hiring the 35-100mm (which I am in love with) but have now thought better of that as I am not mainly going to be taking portrait shots when I am there. So, I am now considering changing the 11-22mm +14-54mm for a 12-60mm. I don't have a 12-60mm and would need to hire one but need some thought on if at the wide end, the additional 1mm of the 11-22mm is worth it as I am going to be taking many landscapes and sunrise/sunset shots. I also need to check the diameter size for the 12-60mm as I will have my filters with me - the Cokins will be fine, but not sure I'd be able to use my ND110 etc which is a 72mm diameter filter. Anyone know what's the 12-60mm diameter?

I won't use the 70-300 much, but it's so light and portable that I'd be daft not to given I love nature and wildlife.

So... what's your thoughts folks... what do you feel I should do...? I am not too worried about the weight, and am more concerned with the ability to use the right lens for the right shot, but if I could get away with taking fewer lenses because I could get the same shot with different combination then I would consider this.

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Re: Thoughts on what kit to take with me...

Have a look at http://www.four-thirds.org/en/fourthirds/lense.html for information about all of the Olympus lenses.

But to save you time the filter thread on the 12-60mm is 72mm.

I would take: 7-14, 12-60 (or 14-54) and a 70-300.
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I would take: 7-14, 12-60 (or 14-54) and a 70-300.
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Re: Thoughts on what kit to take with me...

From your shopping list, I would agree with John. I think the 11-22, whilst reportedly an excellent lens (never used one), would be a duplication of focal lengths. The light out there would surely be strong enough for you to use the 70-300 with impunity.
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From your shopping list, I would agree with John. I think the 11-22, whilst reportedly an excellent lens (never used one), would be a duplication of focal lengths. The light out there would surely be strong enough for you to use the 70-300 with impunity.
Sure there's overlap, but the main reason for my taking the 11-22mm is the fact that I have filters I want to use and you can't get any filters on the 7-14mm.
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Re: Thoughts on what kit to take with me...

Ah, good point.

But if you take a 12-60, I don't think you'd find yourself too limited by the reduced fov.

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Sure there's overlap, but the main reason for my taking the 11-22mm is the fact that I have filters I want to use and you can't get any filters on the 7-14mm.
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Re: Thoughts on what kit to take with me...

Here's a radical thought, John. Why not take the 14-54mm, leave the 7-14mm and 11-22mm at home and hire a 9-18mm. That way you will be down to 3 lenses (including the 70-300mm), will have a decent range at the wide end and you'll find the 9-18mm is a cracking performer as well as being small and lightweight. Also, the 9-18m is much cheaper to hire than a 12-60mm.
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Re: Thoughts on what kit to take with me...

John, I'm not sure if its important to you, but at 11mm there is less lens curvature then there is on the 12-60 at 12mm. Pehaps something to take into consideration if your doing a lot of landscapes at the widest focal length containing a horrizon line, just a thought.
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Re: Thoughts on what kit to take with me...

Thanks all for your comments and suggestions, much appreciated - please do keep them coming.

@John P: I had considered that, but I do so love my 7-14mm

@Paul: good point. John B had also commented to me on the telephone that this is the case with the 12-60mm, and as it's landscape stuff I'll be doing more of (of the serious stuff I mean - I will be doing much of the general holiday stuff too), I guess that just now I am leaning to the list I originally stated.

I have a week to decide.
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Re: Thoughts on what kit to take with me...

I go with John and Paul.
I use the 7-14 and find don't I need filters with it.
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I go with John and Paul.
I use the 7-14 and find don't I need filters with it.
I wish I could use the ND110 on it though on times...
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I wish I could use the ND110 on it though on times...
Yeah......
But you can hold the filter in front I suppose.
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Yeah......
But you can hold the filter in front I suppose.
Not the ND110 Dave, for a multitude of reasons.
  • the fov on the 7-14 is too wide for the filter, and ones hand and filter edge would be seen in the shot
  • there would be too much light leakage and you wouldn't get the desired effect of the 10 stop reduction. I doubt you'd get any reduction!
Same for the IR72 filter, and the Cokin Grads - they simply are not wide enough.
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Re: Thoughts on what kit to take with me...

Depends how light weight you want to travel and how quick you want to catch things. I would hire a 12-60 and be able to catch things on impulse.
Ian sent me one out with no problems what so ever but it's all personal taste, i liked the pic that appeared on the front cover of National geographic a lot of years ago of a girls face in some far flung refugee camp & i thing a lot of years later on a film on Sky they tracked the same girl down, it took them 17 years to do it, and i would say fantastic green eyes but sombody would probley get the wrong slant on it but with out speed it can be difficult to catch things on the hoof
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Depends how light weight you want to travel and how quick you want to catch things. I would hire a 12-60 and be able to catch things on impulse.
Ian sent me one out with no problems what so ever but it's all personal taste, i liked the pic that appeared on the front cover of National geographic a lot of years ago of a girls face in some far flung refugee camp & i thing a lot of years later on a film on Sky they tracked the same girl down, it took them 17 years to do it, and i would say fantastic green eyes but sombody would probley get the wrong slant on it but with out speed it can be difficult to catch things on the hoof
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Lets see your pics when you get back

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Hi David - weight is not an issue for me, I regularly carry much of my kit around with me to the peaks of the Brecon Beacons with no problems, I am used to it. As for managing to get shots quickly, well that's always an issue for anyone. I tend to go out on a shoot with specific shots in mind, and thus will either have the chosen lens already on the camera, or quickly available in my kit bag. If I am out and about for general shooting, I'll have the 14-54mm attached.

As for the Afghan girl on the cover of Nat Geo... here's my recent take on it... hehe

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