Travelling with one prime

Brecht

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Which one would you take and why?

Have you done this already? How was the experience?
 

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If I leave the house with just one lens on the camera and nothing else then it's usually the P25 f/1.7... although it is sometimes my O45 f/1.8.

I does depend on what you want to photograph and where you intend to visit on your travels, but from the lenses I have, if I was travelling with just one lens then it would be the P25... just about wide enough for most use cases, just about sharp enough for good crops should you want to 'zoom' into the picture, and just about fast enough for most lighting conditions... the M43 equivalent of a nifty fifty!
 

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Hmmm Panaleica 25mm F1.4. In fact, i'm often do travelling with that only prime lens :). Love it so much.

by the way, this is a photo of choke actually.
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While this is when i'm just walking around.

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Been there, done that. It can be a great way to shoot. I actually do it fairly often.

I'm comfortable with anything from 14mm-30mm as a One Prime, although my preference is for the 17-25mm range. Beyond that it's really a matter of personal taste.

Oddly, I prefer 50mm on FF, 23mm on APS-C (35mm-e) and 25mm on 4/3rds (50mm-e), never figured out why APS-C cameras make me want a wider everyday prime than the larger or smaller formats.

For me right now that means the P25/1.7 most often, although I'll also take the S19/2.8 when I'm feeling a little wide.
 

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For street shooting I'd take the 25/1.4. Otherwise the 15/1.7 for everything else.

But I've never traveled with only one prime.
 

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Spent a few days in Key West with my 17/1.8, great lens for that environment. I left the 12-40/2.8 in my bag and never missed the weight and size of it.

Headed to Colorado next month, the Key West trip really has me rethinking my kit for that trip. Small and light travels nice and the 17 was a joy to use.
 
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Like others have said, it depends where you're traveling. In cityscapes, I often take my Pen-F with just the Olympus 17mm F1.8 lens. If I were traveling somewhere that's a bit of a mix and am taking my OMD E1 Mk II, then I'd probably put the 25mm F1.2 lens on it.
 

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I have done it, and either a 28mm-equiv or the Panny 20mm makes for a versatile single option. The latter is a good choice for getting in between wide angle and the standard fifty. ~40mm gives you something of both.
 

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I shot most of a whole year with just the Oly 17 f:1.8, I like it a lot and it would have been my choice for an everyday lens. Am a bit leery to the "one prime for travelling" though. Depends on where, what and why.
 
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I used to travel with the Panasonic 20mm f1.7 and found it ideal in many situations. One lens forces you to think about your situation and composition and get creative and that's good.
 

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A GP lens, so a normal (20-25) or moderate wide (15-17).
I only have the 17, so that would be it.

If you expand to two primes, you can do the classic 35mm PJ kit of 35 + 85/105 = m4/3 17 +45
 

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I would use the one and only lens I've been always relying on for the past 5-6 years while travelling with a carry-on only (so it needs to be compact and lightweight) : the PL 25mm.
 

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For me it's the Olympus 17mm 1.2. I can do anything with a fast 35mm (or 24mm) equiv lens (Street, portraits, cityscape, low light, close ups etc). The 12mm f/2 is really good for travel too. I like to travel with only one prime; you need to be precise with your composition. I truly think that make you a better photographer . So a 17 f1.2 or a 12f/2 on a Pen-F, 2 batteries and I'm set.
 

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