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Old Apr 25, 2017, 2:34 AM   #1
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Hi guys, i am using an em5 mk2, with a 12-40mm, 17mm f1.8 and a 45mm f1.8..will be travelling overseas in a few months time to greece and i am intending to get 1 lens only due to budget reasons but i am not able to get down to a conclusion...i do mostly street photography but as i am learning to be a freelance photographer in the future,i am taking more portraits now too..thus the lens that i will be getting will be following me for my travel and also future jobs(if i ever get one), any suggestions?
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Old Apr 25, 2017, 6:17 AM   #2
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First, nice outfit.

That pretty much comes down to shooting style, which makes it hard to make recommendations for others.

But, I can't see too many using the 7-14/2.8 as their only lens option. I wouldn't travel without it, but it would be combined with other lenses. The 12-100 is pretty much my go to lens now in this system. It's just too good and versatile. I can see some being happy with just a 25mm f1.2. It would be a fairly specialized lens for me. I hear down the road not too far there's a 17mm f1.2 in the planning stages. That's a prime focal length and speed combination that could get me pretty excited.

In your shoes, with what you have, your budget, the choices you've listed and that you want to take just the one lens, I'm not sure I wouldn't just go with the 17/1.8. If you're flush enough to afford one of the new lens options listed, the 12-100 would be my choice 10 times out of 10.

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Old Apr 25, 2017, 8:40 AM   #3
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Hi Greg, I am intending to sell away my 12-40 to get the 12-100, will that be a good choice? and why will the 17mm f1.2 be more attractive than the 25mm? is it because of the fov it provides?
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I think something really wide would be really neat for shooting some of the city streets, but like Greg said not very versatile. I actually think that if you went with a prime, 25mm might be a better "all rounder" field of view over 17 but that's just personal taste I guess.

Yes, the idea of the 12-100 might be the best bet if you're only going 1 lens.
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I think something really wide would be really neat for shooting some of the city streets, but like Greg said not very versatile. I actually think that if you went with a prime, 25mm might be a better "all rounder" field of view over 17 but that's just personal taste I guess.

Yes, the idea of the 12-100 might be the best bet if you're only going 1 lens.
Mm even if the lens to be used for freelance work?
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Hi Greg, I am intending to sell away my 12-40 to get the 12-100, will that be a good choice? and why will the 17mm f1.2 be more attractive than the 25mm? is it because of the fov it provides?
Regarding the 17mm, precisely. I love the semi-wide 35mm field of view. I have a digital Leica M outfit and the 35mm f2 Summicron is the lens I prefer to use the most. The 17mm in this format captures the same angle of view.

I have to admit I've only pulled my 12-40/2.8 out of the bag once since picking up the 12-100. The 12-100 truly is that good. I've been looking at some recent travel folders and much of the time I've used the 40-150mm f2.8 primarily in the 40-100mm range, so for me the 12-100 can be used in place of both the 12-40 and 40-150mm lenses most of the time. Adding the 40-150mm 2.8 to the weight/space saver column for the 12-100 is huge, because compared to just the 12-40, the 12-100 is not a small lens. In fact, when I pulled the 12-40 out of the bag earlier this week it seemed tiny after having handled the 12-100 for a while.

I will still carry the 40-150 because I do use it enough in the longer range (and with the TC fitted) it's worth carrying when I go on photo-specific trips, but when I travel to Canada with my girlfriend in September, it'll be the 7-14/2.8 and 12-100/4 only.

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Mm even if the lens to be used for freelance work?
This is a pretty good article to check out..

http://buchangrant.format.com/Blog/the

The 12-100 and 25/1.2 looks perfect if you don't really need/want anything wider.

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Hmm, well I love using primes, but if I was doing it for money I think I'd want a zoom like greg's 12-100. The superwides would be sweet for the inside of some of those buildings in Europe though.

If you want something for low light though and are willing to break your 1 lens rule, the Panasonic 25/1.7 or the old 20mm are both tiny and dirt cheap these days. The 20 is sharper but the 25 faster focusing.
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This evening I'm going to work on some files I was capturing this morning with the E-M1 Mark II and the 12-100 as I was walking around my building before sunrise and capturing some files at ISO 200 and f4. Shutter speeds were running 1/5 second, 1/4 second and 1/2.5 second and they look tack sharp on the back LCD. If you are shooting something that's not moving, the whole minimum-shutter-speed-needed-for-a-sharp-image rule is out the window with this set up and its' combined camera/lens stabilization system.

(a few hours later...) Yep, I liked the results..






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The way I see it, the 12-100 seems to be the best (I cannot afford it right now, so I am using the 14-150 as travelling lens).

Also, you consider the Rokinon/Bowen/Samyang 7.5mm f3.5 fisheye for ultra-wide:
- Because IT IS fun to use
- It is also very small
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