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Old 09-17-2012, 06:24 AM   #196
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I actually don't think it'll be an earth shattering year this year. Unless you're doing video; the new GH2 successor is out--the GH3. It's apparently got a (better) alternative to AVCHD, which is nice in several ways.
I have a GH2 and generally like it. Not a big video guy but do a little bit of it, and have found the 2 to be very capable. I was interested in what the GH3 would bring to the table. My biggest beef with the 2 has been somewhat murky jpegs, and crappy AF when dealing with action situations, kids running around, sports, moving vehicles, etc. I did a quick look and don't see a lot of information, no hands-on reviews, but I imagine that'll be coming along in due course. I'm hoping that Panasonic fixed the jpeg engine and the AF capabilities; if so, I'll buy one, and if not, I'll probably pass.
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:51 PM   #197
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The Panasonic/Leica 25/f1.4 just arrived FedEx!

I like it. I put it on the camera and took a couple of test shots. I am at work so don't have time to do a lot of fiddling right now, but this is a great focal-length IMHO. I know that a lot of serious photographers tend to diss the old 50-55 full-frame equivalent, but it's what I grew up on so I'm pretty comfortable with it.

I have accumulated a nice selection of 4/3 lenses since I started using the format a little over 2 years ago and confess that at times I find it tough to decide what lens to have on-board at a given time/situation, so have for the past year tended to default to the excellent Panny 14-140 zoom. That lens is hard to beat for versatility, but I have recently found myself liking my primes better, the P 20/1.7 and the Oly 45/1.8, find I get better clarity and the single focal-length forces me to be a little more thoughtful and creative in composing or 'finding' a given shot, so I'm thinking this new 25 may spend a lot of time on the camera in the months ahead.
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Old 09-19-2012, 01:00 PM   #198
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The Panasonic/Leica 25/f1.4 just arrived FedEx!

I like it. I put it on the camera and took a couple of test shots. I am at work so don't have time to do a lot of fiddling right now, but this is a great focal-length IMHO. I know that a lot of serious photographers tend to diss the old 50-55 full-frame equivalent, but it's what I grew up on so I'm pretty comfortable with it.

I have accumulated a nice selection of 4/3 lenses since I started using the format a little over 2 years ago and confess that at times I find it tough to decide what lens to have on-board at a given time/situation, so have for the past year tended to default to the excellent Panny 14-140 zoom. That lens is hard to beat for versatility, but I have recently found myself liking my primes better, the P 20/1.7 and the Oly 45/1.8, find I get better clarity and the single focal-length forces me to be a little more thoughtful and creative in composing or 'finding' a given shot, so I'm thinking this new 25 may spend a lot of time on the camera in the months ahead.
The one I would go for is the 12 F2
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Old 09-19-2012, 01:05 PM   #199
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The one I would go for is the 12 F2
I read some stuff on dpreview about that one......I think that's where I read it.....which wasn't entirely positive. They said that the Panasonic 7-14 was better at 12 than the 12 in terms of IQ. Of course the zoom is an f4 across its range, and the prime is a lot more compact.

I'm interested in the 75/f1.8.
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:54 AM   #200
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Recently picked up an Olympus OMD EM5 to replace a Panny G3
I never really got on with the cheap plasticky G3
The OMD is a nice upgrade

Taken with the Pan 20mm


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Old 02-24-2013, 01:57 AM   #201
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Today I picked up the Olympus 75mm



I'm still getting used to it but here's a shot

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Old 02-24-2013, 02:07 AM   #202
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I also picked up this little marvel of a Tripod
Only weighs a bit over a pound and folds up small






Camera plus 3 lenses and a tripod can fit in a tank bag
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:53 AM   #203
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Great photography Xelic. Do you have a gallery on line?
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:51 AM   #204
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Awesome pics there xellic!!

You also have a very nice kit. The Panasonic 20 and 7-14 are both great lenses. I've not tried the Oly 75, but would like to. I have the Oly 45 and love it, use it quite a bit. I like the Pen series of cameras, but presently use a Pany GH2 and would like to score a GH3 when they become more available and at more reasonable prices.
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Old 03-02-2013, 05:36 AM   #205
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interested in your opinion of the OM-D Xellic.

Been fixated on the body to replace my GF1 recently.
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interested in your opinion of the OM-D Xellic.

Been fixated on the body to replace my GF1 recently.
In image quality and build quality the OM-D is steps above the GF-1
Nikon guy Thom Hogan does a thorough review here

The GH3 is worth a look too
There's a bunch of good cameras out now, if the Sony RX1 was cheaper I might of bought one of those
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:20 PM   #207
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I'm picking up an OM-D in the next couple weeks.

just using a GF3 and the 14mm in the meantime and have a Sigma 30mm in the mail.
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I'm a full time, professional photographer employed by a major university. My main rig is a 5D MkIII with the trifecta of 2.8 zooms and a handful of the specialty lenses thrown in. That's how I pay my bills. I like the Canon camera system and I'm very happy with the quality, but for personal work, I find myself wanting something smaller and lighter.

For years I've bounced around various point and shoot options to complement my SLRs, but I find myself still carrying my big cameras around along with the point and shoot. The image quality just isn't there. I want something else.

I'm very intrigued by the m4/3 system. The Panasonic GH3 seems to be a great bridge between m4/3 convenience and dSLR-like external controls. The real question is, is the format good enough? I know I can't expect good quality at ISO 25,600, but can the camera deliver at ISO 6400? Is the real world shooting experience as smooth and seamless as with a dSLR? Do you guys find that your m4/3 cameras get in the way of you taking the shots you want?

I realize that a lot of these things are different based on which cameras you're using and what type of photographer you are, but I'd love to hear some more opinions on the topic.
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I also picked up this little marvel of a Tripod
Only weighs a bit over a pound and folds up small



Camera plus 3 lenses and a tripod can fit in a tank bag
Does it get shaky with the tall center section?

I've been checking out the 3lt stuff...
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:44 PM   #210
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Does it get shaky with the tall center section?

I've been checking out the 3lt stuff...

Fully extended, it's a little shaky but it's not been a problem so far
There is a hook to hang some weight which would probably help if it was really windy
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