Panasonic

Come-back

I am now back to Micro Four Thirds. I bought Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus M.ZUIKO 45/1.8 and Sigma 30/2.8 lenses. In addition, I have my old Panasonic lenses, 20/1.7 and 45-200 zoom. That's quite a cool set!

First impression with OM-D was that it is small! Smaller than I really thought of. But that's a good thing. Of course it feels small after D600.

Then the absolutely best thing. The autofocus is blazingly fast! I mean DSLR-fast. No, actually it is faster than that in real use. At least so in my hands and that's of course what really counts here. I had time to test OM-D yesterday only with 45/1.8 lens but at least with it I can truly say that this camera has the fastest AF I have ever used. Period.

Also IQ seems to be top notch. 45/1.8 is very sharp wide open. Very, very nice. Also noise seems to be very controllable at least up to ISO 3200, maybe up to 6400. That's a very good achievement for m4/3 sensor. That together with fast lenses which provide just perfect DoF wide open, and the best image stabilization system I have ever encountered, I really think OM-D and m4/3 system is deserving those praises all over the photography web pages.

And by the way, I just sold my Sigma DP2 Merrill. ­čÖé I thought that it would be difficult to sell but…

 

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Wood horsetail

Wood horsetail

Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH lens is very versatile tool which will shine also when shooting close-up shots.

Landscapes, low-light indoors, candids, close-ups. You name it and this little wonder delivers. Very compact package with my Olympus E-P1, very comfortable to use.

Drama


 

I love these dramatic clouds combined with some sunshine, ice, and fog! It was such a great scene. Ice are now gone and the water is free at that site. I really like that spring time is finally here.

Here is another shot where you can see the melting ice better:

Fog is rising

Do you love pancakes? I do!



I got today my new Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH Pancake lens for my E-P1. I really said “wow” when I attached it to my camera. Really small in size and fast in nature. I think this lens may well be one of my favorites in near future. With this lens the E-P1 is really pocketable. So, an all-rounder lens I think.

Next thing that I am thinking to do in the micro4/3 field is to see how camera bodies will evolve. I hope there will be some interesting options by the next summer. If there will be a body with in-body IS and fast AF, I may well change my E-P1 to a new body. But we’ll see.

Decision made

I’ve reached a decision in my camera pondering. Well, really? Can this be true?

I decided to keep my E-P1 because I want to have a smaller large-sensor camera, and I want to see how micro 4/3 systems develops in the near future. I have been very pleased with my E-P1 as a landscape camera and in outdoor use in general. I will buy Panasonic 20/1.7 lens for it becasue I think they could be a very cool couple together. I’ll try to sell my Sigma 150/2.8 Macro to have enough money to buy that Pana lens.

Let’s see how micro 4/3 bodies and lenses develop e.g. through next summer. Then I could buy a new micro 4/3 body for my existing lens collection.

I think the photo below resembles my brain during this pondering process. Such a mess.

Abstract nature

Shot with E-P1 and Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-200mm F4.0-5.6 MEGA O.I.S lens.

Camera pondering

I have at the moment Canon 5D Mark II and Olympus E-P1 cameras. I am however not so sure if I am going to keep my E-P1. At least I need some fast lens for it and Panasonic 20/1.7 could be a very nice option. I am having the kit zoom (14-42/3.5-5.6) and Panasonic 45-200 mm lenses and they are quite slow ones. And I want to shoot without a flash also indoors, and it is quite dark here in Finland in the winter time so not so much available light around.

There is also another annoying thing with the E-P1 –┬áthe slow AF. It is almost impossible to use it effectively in low light conditions. And I mean in normal indoor lighting which is not a problem for many other cameras. Because of these shortcomings I have thought of some options:

– To sell my Sigma 150/2.8 Macro (Canon) because I am not so much into real macro photography, usually I shoot close-ups. Then I could buy Pana 20/1.7 lens for my E-P1. But this will not solve the AF problem.

– To sell my E-P1 together with the both lenses and buy a new camera or buy a new lens for the 5D2. Pana GF1 has a better and faster AF than E-P1 but no in-body IS. What I need is the decent ISO performance, so the ISO should be usable still at 1600.

There are some interesting cameras around. The GF1 as I already mentioned but it is quite close to my E-P1 (except the AF). Canon G11 or S90 (but they are P/S cameras with not so good ISO). Ricoh GRD III (very interesting camera with a nice prime lens but ISO 1600 is not very good).

I am not sure yet which way to go. In P/S cameras I am irritated by the very wide DoF and poor ISO performance, but they are very handy to use. I think we can’t find a camera which has all (or even most of them)┬áthe features I am looking after.

Maybe it will be the Ricoh GRD III because I have seen so many stunning photos shot with it. But I am not sure at all if it will solve my indoor shooting problems (frankly I think it will not). Blaah, too much to ponder!