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I stopped using film quite a while ago, but until recently I used only point-and-shoot digital cameras. Recently I started using an Olympus EM-10,  a mirrorless camera in the Micro Four Thirds format (who on earth thought of that name?). It is still a bit hard to think about the focal length of lenses. I have to translate them into 35mm equivalents, and will do so in this post.

 

So far I have only the lenses supplied with the camera. One is a 14-42 mm zoom (equiv. 28-84 mm). It's easy to love the way it retracts to almost no depth, and I've been getting decent results with it. The other is a 40-150 mm zoom (equiv. 80-300 mm), which would sell for $99 (plastic housing), although it added almost nothing to the bundle price. I've used it only for shooting at public meetings, for which it works OK. I haven't used it outdoors.

 

I have two cruises planned for which I think I might want other lenses. The first is to the Baltic ports, including St. Petersburg. I'm thinking of not taking the 40-150 but adding a 25 mm (equiv. 50 mm) prime lens with a 1.7 or 1.8 aperture for shooting indoors in available light, plus the 14-42 for outdoors.

 

The second, not until 2020, is to Alaska. For that I think I would take both zoom lenses, but I wonder whether (a) I would regret not having a longer zoom, such as the Zuiko 75-300 mm (equiv. 150-600 mm), and (b) I would want a wider zoom lens, such as the Zuiko 9-18 mm (equiv. 18-36 mm). I probably would not take the 25 mm prime in that case, and maybe not the the 40-150 zoom since the other two would cover its range.

 

Does this make any sense? Is there any of these that I would discover too late that I really needed? Total cost is a consideration; the Olympus PRO lenses don't come into consideration at all. Weight and bulk are also considerations.

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A good spread for travel that I recommend is a good wide angle (so your Zuiko 9-18), a good walkaround zoom (your 14-42) and a good bright prime (something like a FF 35mm equivalent that's 1.4/1.8). For specialty trips to Alaska, I might recommend renting a long lens for wildlife--but something that may/may not make sense for a purchase.

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Hi,

Nice to see another Olympus shooter on this site!  I too have the EM10 mark ii.  Not sure what you'd need for the Baltic trip, but I have been to Alaska twice lately.  I rented an EM1 mark ii for the last trip.  I like the 75-300mm for Alaska. You'll always want more reach for the wildlife in Alaska.  I got it used at a local camera store. My everyday lens is a 14-150mm - I like not having to change lenses frequently.  If you like macro, the 60mm is very nice.

These are with the EM10 & 75-300mm:

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Here are a couple with the EM1 mark ii and the 75-300mm:

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One more, this is the EM1 and 12-100mm (also rented, would love this lens but it's expensive!)

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I also have the pair of 'R' lenses [14-42 & 40-150] and was happy with the results on our 2017 cruise. This included some photos taken in the 'Royal Court' theatre of the National Symphony & passenger chorus. 

 

There were a couple of occasions I would have liked to have had a slightly wider perspective, there are lots of options from adding the 8mm 'body cap' fisheye - to the 12-100 f4 or even the new 12-200 f3.5-6.3 lens. Any of the travel zooms might be a bit unwieldily on the M10.2 body, so getting a grip might be useful.

 

For Alaska, if I need some extreme reach - looks like rental is the only option short of winning a lottery prize.

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15 hours ago, TheOldBear said:

For Alaska, if I need some extreme reach - looks like rental is the only option short of winning a lottery prize.

  I don't know, compared to the price of a cruise,  I don't think $325 is too much. (when it would cost around $80 to rent).

https://www.cccamera.com/shop/Used-Olympus-M.Zuilo-75-300mm-F4.8-6.7-ED-II/c28637c0-a231-0136-f712-00163e90e196?variation=1896387

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7 minutes ago, pengu1n said:

  I don't know, compared to the price of a cruise,  I don't think $325 is too much. (when it would cost around $80 to rent).

https://www.cccamera.com/shop/Used-Olympus-M.Zuilo-75-300mm-F4.8-6.7-ED-II/c28637c0-a231-0136-f712-00163e90e196?variation=1896387

 

That seems to be a good option - but I was thinking about renting a combo like one of these

  • G9 + PL 100-400
  • M1.2 + Oly 40-150 + TC [Lensrental's 'wildlife kit']
  • M1.2 + Oly 150 - 400 [new 'pro' level lens]

Plus bringing my existing small setup

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Sounds like good choices!  I really liked the M1.2 and after renting it last summer, have been watching for a "deal." I read through the manual before receiving it and had it come several days early so I could practice some the features I wanted to use and to set up pre-sets that I wanted to use. That being said (and practiced) I still forgot most of it in the field!  But I was happy overall with the shots I got. (Except the eagles - still didn't get a good shot of them!)

 

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I can envision buying a used 75-300 mm, especially considering how long I'd have to keep a rented lens.

 

But today I really wished I had the 9-18 mm. I was photographing something on a stage and kept edging back. I wasn't in imminent danger of falling off the edge of the stage, but in the past few years I seem to have become accident-prone: broke my nose (twice) and my left arm, and dislocated my right shoulder before the arm was completely healed.

 

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Yikes!  Maybe you need one of these! Maybe they have camo colors so you blend in better!

 

 

 

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On 3/12/2019 at 6:58 PM, kochleffel said:

But today I really wished I had the 9-18 mm.

 

And yesterday I bought one on ebay!

 

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