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Ultra Wide Angle Lens for Travel Photography?

Do we need an ultra wide angle lens for travel photography? When travelling especially if it is not a photographic trip, saving every ounce of weight is a must. That is why we always bring the least number of photographic equipment as possible. If the equipment weighs you down during the day, it kinda defeats the purpose of travelling and somehow it can affect your whole trip. That is why packing up with the right equipment is important. There is always a dilemma what to bring and what not to bring.

One of these nagging question (for me) is – do I still need to bring a ultra wide angle (UWA) lens? It really depends on the destination if an UWA lens will be needed. But for most of our trips, we know only to a certain extent the places of interests – and there is always that “mystery” that one might need an UWA lens when the opportunity arises. Aside from being an ultra wide junkie, I always consider the UWA lens as a specialty lens for those very few instances that require that extra wide perspective. For me, it is also my “security” lens – I feel secured (in a nice way hehe) that I have an ultra wide lens to cover the scene when the situation calls for it. Although in practice, only about 10%-15% of my shots are taken with an ultra wide angle lens – most likely, I will still take it with me. As many of you know, I use extensively the Micro 4/3s system for travel photography, and my lens of choice is the Panasonic 7-14mm 4 – an equivalent to 14-28mm in full-frame. Relatively speaking, it is quite a big lens in the Micro 4/3s world, but it is comparably very small and compact compared to its DSLR counterparts. And don’t forget that with a Micro 4/3s system, you can bring a smaller and lighter tripod for those shots that need longer exposure times.

Here are some shots taken with the Panasonic 7-14mm 4 (all taken at 7mm). Oh and the answer to the question? YES, I bring* an ultra wide angle lens for travel photography! *with a caveat that I might leave it behind for some special crazy reason whatever LOL…

My (mis-)adventure goes on…

 

Batu Caves

Batu Caves

Photographer’s note: F/5.6, 1/640, ISO 160, Panasonic G3, Panasonic 7-14mm 4

 

Batu Caves

Batu Caves

Photographer’s note: F/5.6, 1/60, ISO 400, Panasonic G3, Panasonic 7-14mm 4


Petronas Towers at Night

Petronas Towers at Night

Photographer’s note: F/16, 6 sec, ISO 160, Panasonic G3, Panasonic 7-14mm 4, Marumi tripod

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  • Tomás - >with a Micro 4/3s system, you can bring a smaller and lighter tripod for those shots that need longer exposure times.

    Hey! I found your blog post because I am just about to order the 7-14mm, nice to see it can take such great photos as you have here. I am also trying to figure out a good tripod for my set-up, I figure a lot of the tripods on the market are aimed at DSLRs and are probably overkill for an M43 system. What kind of tripod would you recommend?ReplyCancel

  • xdayv - Tomas, thanks for dropping by. The 7-14 is probably the best UWA to date for the Micro 4/3s system – I highly recommend it.

    Re:tripod, I’m using a Marumi tripod for M43 – not sturdy enough though but has served me well. I suggest you can check on the Manfrotto and Gitzo brands – I believe they have the smaller versions suitable for hikers like you. BTW, I think your E-M5 duo are doing such a nice job in your hikes. Cheers!ReplyCancel

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