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2 lens limit: Any sensible solution?

A good cheapish 2 lens setup for out and about

Facts: I use a small shoulder bag, I need to travel light and I like the quality feel of the semi pro lenses. I don't have loads of spare cash.

Thus, I usually take my two good lenses with me: The 11-22mm, the 50mm macro plus the EC14. So that's 11mm to 70mm at f2.8 to f4. This has served me well but it does result in a lot of lens swapping because the 50 is obviously not a zoom.

So I am considering casting around for a second hand 14-54 mk1 to use with the 11-22 instead of the 50 macro. There's lots of overlap in that combination, but its the best compromise I can visualise that fits my self imposed restrictions. Am I missing something?

My logic is:
1: The next lens needs to be a semi pro type, so the entry level lenses are out, good though they are.

2: I want to keep the 11-22, its such a great lens

3: Can I bear to sell the 50mm to buy a 14-54? Only if I really have to.

4: I can't afford the 12-60, anyway 11mm is wider than 12mm. I think the 50-200 would be too heavy for me. Maybe I could use the 14-54 as a single lens in jacket pocket method.

Anyone use the odd 11-22 14-54 combination? Any other semi pro 2 lens solutions ??

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Re: 2 lens limit: Any sensible solution?

Depends on how long you want to go. For a light setup I agree the 14-54 is a superb lens, as is the 12-60. I have often travelled with just the 12-60 and EC14. Or else you could get a Mk1 40-150. Not a semi-pro and so not as weatherproof, but still good optically and does feel better than the Mk2.

I sold my 50mm some while back, and whilst it was a great lens I haven't missed it. And by dint of analysing what shots I've taken with which lens, I'm seriously considering ditching my 50-200 SWD. Its excellent, but too heavy. Because of this I rarely take it with me so it's very little used.
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Re: 2 lens limit: Any sensible solution?

The 9-18 and 14-54 Mk2 combo? I will be selling mine soon as I just made another purchase that requires me to sell some kit to susidise it.

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Or else you could get a Mk1 40-150. Not a semi-pro and so not as weatherproof, but still good optically and does feel better than the Mk2.

I sold my 50mm some while back, I'm seriously considering ditching my 50-200 SWD. Its excellent, but too heavy. .
Interesting thoughts. In fact I already have the new 40-150, which always impresses me when I use it, so I kinda have that base covered. A good holiday lens I guess, where there is that bit more light. My instinct about the 50-200 (a bit too long and heavy) is probably right, from what you say...

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The 9-18 and 14-54 Mk2 combo? I will be selling mine soon as I just made another purchase that requires me to sell some kit to susidise it.

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So is it the 14-54 you are thinking of selling?

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Re: 2 lens limit: Any sensible solution?

Depends on how much you really need that extra 1mm at the wide end. If you could manage with 12mm then you could sell the 11-22mm and the cash from this plus what you would have spent on the 14-54 will go a good way towards the 12-60mm and gain you an extra 6mm at the long end.

That still leaves you a bit light of cash, but do you use the EC14 other than for extending the reach of the 50mm? If the answer is no (and considering that with your two lens solution you won't be carrying the 50mm anyway) you could raise the extra cash you need by selling the EC14. That would give you 12-60mm continuous coverage instead of the 11-70mm at present but without the big gap between 22mm and 50mm and the jump from 50mm to 70mm. You would then be down to one lens and an even smaller bag, possibly even a waist pouch.

Decisions, decisions.......
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Re: 2 lens limit: Any sensible solution?

Seriously consider a mark1 40-150mm lens, they are only about 90 (secondhand) & is far better than the mark2. If you don`t want to part with alot of cash you could do alot worse. Saying that I use a mark1 14-54mm most of the time despite owning the 12-60mm, reason being the 12-60mm is quite a bit heavier. If you wanted to try the 12-60mm I would be happy to lend it to you for a week!
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Re: 2 lens limit: Any sensible solution?

I'll be selling the 9-18, 14-54 and 50-200SWD.

Won't be untill after xmas or New Year though and haven't decided on prices yet.

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I'll be selling the 9-18, 14-54 and 50-200SWD.

Won't be untill after xmas or New Year though and haven't decided on prices yet.

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That's good. I haven't decided on what I'm doing yet either :-) If you are going for it, drop me a pm in the new year..

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No problem :-)

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Re: 2 lens limit: Any sensible solution?

Just another idea but why two lenses? I have a Lowepro Slingshot 100 which is tiny yet has enough space for a 620 with sigma 10-20mm lens fitted, my 14-42 and 40-150 kit lenses and three p series filters and holders. My Manfrotto Modo also straps to the outside.
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Just another idea but why two lenses? I have a Lowepro Slingshot 100 which is tiny yet has enough space for a 620 with sigma 10-20mm lens fitted, my 14-42 and 40-150 kit lenses and three p series filters and holders. My Manfrotto Modo also straps to the outside.
I use a Lowepro Rezo 160, strictly 1 camera+lens, plus + second lens inside. EC14, cards, batteries in the outside flap... Problem is if I carry anything bigger I get a nasty neck ache these days :-(

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Re: 2 lens limit: Any sensible solution?

My solution doesn't really fit your criteria.

My first lens would be the 12-60, then if I though I'd need wider I'd add the 7-14. If I though I'd need longer I'd add the 50-200 although that's not really a pocketable solution.

If I'm carrying a camera bag it's all three.
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Re: 2 lens limit: Any sensible solution?

I think Oly got it about right with the 'basic' kit lenses - 14-42mm and 40-150mm, so I'd suggest you opt for a "better" combination that gives you the same reach, or go for something wider and perhaps shove a teleconverter in your pocket.
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Re: 2 lens limit: Any sensible solution?

Why only 2 lenses... I tend to store my lenses in one bag, and use a small bag with the lens/lenses I might need that day.
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