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Old Apr 28, 2010, 8:31 PM   #31
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I am thinking seriously about what equipment I want to take to San Francisco in June ...
I face these types of decisions all the time and hate it. I don't like to carry a lot of photographic equipment along with me but at the same time, I don't want to miss opportunities because I left something behind. The very first question I ask myself is, how often I have the opportunity to visit the place I'm going to (SF in your case). The answer will help me determine whether I can take the chance and travel "light" or bring the best equipment that will guarantee me a high success rate. I'm from the SF Bay Area and I can tell you that there is lots to photograph around here. A long zoom is a must IMO, so the 70-300mm should certainly be in your bag, whether you choose the E30, E620 or EPL1. The views from the Golden Gate Bridge can be spectacular (if the fog is not in), so a wide angle is also a must. I'd choose the 9-18mm since it's an excellent lens and it gives you a nice wide field of view. FL 18-70mm is not covered by the two lenses but since your other option would be the 14-42mm, which would not cover the entire range either, I believe you'd benefit more from the 9mm on the widest side than the 42mm on the longest. The 40-150mm is neither here not there, so I'd leave it behind, the same with the 25mm pancake. It won't buy you anything except space. That would be a good option if you were only taking the EPL1, which I don't believe will be the case. The EPL1 is nice and compact but if you are bringing the 70-300mm, then the E620 makes more sense. Besides, You also need the bring the adapter along with the EPL1 so you can use those 4/3 lenses. So, in summary, I'd take the E620 + 9-18mm + 70-300mm.
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Old Apr 28, 2010, 8:48 PM   #32
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Or the epl-1 kit lens and get the panny 45-200, and you will have a very light travel kit. You will give up a bit of reach, but I think the long end is not important as a wide angle. SF if beautiful so I would bring the 9-18 with the adapter. This will give you range form 9-200mm, with the minimal gap of 2mm form 43 to 44mm. It will still be a small package. Another concern is if you are flying. To much gear, the airline may want you to check your gear, which we all know would be a big no no.
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Yes, that'd be a good "light" kit but I don't believe Greg has the 45-200mm, so taking the kit lens 14-42mm won't buy him much, IMO.
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