First street with GX1

Discussion in 'Micro Four Thirds Forum' started by Iansky, Feb 4, 2012.

  1. Iansky

    Iansky SC Top Veteran

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    Today was the first chance to try the GX1 for some street - very cold and not many people about!

    I wanted to try the camera with the 20mm to see how it compares with the GF1 (just sold mine to a friend) - I have to say..........the IQ is definitely better to my eyes than what I got from the GF1, not a huge difference but the images look cleaner/sharper with better tonality.

    The AF is blisteringly fast though and almost instant so a real advantage!

    I have done my usual and converted the images using SFX and here are the results:

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  2. bartjeej

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    All wonderfully three-dimensionally looking photos! You're really making this combination sing! I like your PP treatment as well, the tones and textures really bring the photos alive :smile:
     
  3. kyteflyer

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    Lovely work, Ian. Is this now your favourite camera?
     
  4. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

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    Nice street series here Ian!

    So AF is faster, and you think the images a little crisper - but do you find the dynamic/tonal range much improved? Also is the smaller profile a plus or a minus?...and the new EVF, is it as heavenly as many claim?

    I'd commited to upgrading the GF1 with the GX1 (but keeping the GF1 as a back-up, of course) but that OMD has put a spanner in the works. I just need to hear that it rattlesnakes savagely with the PL25 and then I can remain focussed on a GX1 later in 2012 - early 2013...if I stick with digital.
     
  5. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend Subscribing Member

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    Very nice as usual Ian. If you think the 20mm is fast (and yeah, its faster on the new bodies than the GF1), you should find a copy of the 14mm - it leaves the 20 in the dust. Not as good in low light as the 20, but now that you've got the X100...

    -Ray
     
  6. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

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    Great set Ian! And lovely PP too.
     
  7. Iansky

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    I do find that the DR is improved over the GF1 (the image of the lady reading the bus timetable with grey hair, on the GF1 I would have lost detail in the hair and for many of my GF1 images I had to shoot at minus1/3rd EV but shooting all GX1 images at standard EV! The combo of GX1+20mm do appear more 3D than those of the GF1 as well.

    The new LVF2 is stunning and not as large as it appears on images, I also like the dioptre wheel underneath to stop accidental moving as well as the locking feature to stop it moving off line.

    All in all I think it is a great upgrade to the GF1 and have no regrets in upgrading!

    The OMD looks interesting but is more SLR style/size according to images and I wanted the small micro footprint of the GF1 (GX1 is a little smaller but the grip is superb).

    Well worth giving serious consideration for your upgrade and good luck with the decision.
     
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  8. Lili

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    Ian, lovely street work, love your treatment, even on my sad work monitor the images pop!
     
  9. Iansky

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    Hi Sue,

    No this is not my favourite, I use all 3 for different things and still think the X100 has the edge in my choice of easy carry / tactile use / high IQ cameras as the images from it are superb.

    The GX1 is a lovely camera and a worthy upgrade for the GF1 but, it does not have the tactile feel of the X100 yet, is a great small high quality camera with super fast AF and great IQ - still mixed feelings about the touch screen though.

    I just consider myself incredibly lucky to have the choice of 3 formats / sensor sizes and will continue to use all 3 (have to admit that now the Leica has gone in exchange for X100 kit + GX1 kit with no regrets), the D700 is the one that I now use the least due to size and weight of kit!

    I am considering letting this go if the Fuji X-Pro1 proves a viable option.
     
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  10. Iansky

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    Thanks Lili, I have to admit that the images from the GX1+20mm do have that 3D appearance to them.
     
  11. Iansky

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    Thanks Ray for making me ponder.......................no, I will not be tempted (repeat 20 times), I got the kit with the 14-42X & 45-175X lenses included in the part exchange I got these to see how they perform as primes but also to use them as collateral in case I want to go for the pending 12-35 f2.8 when it is released.
     
  12. Isoterica

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    Dec 6, 2011
    Ian wonderful dimension to the photos. I would think that is a combination of equipment and processing because I've not seen anything come out of camera that good. Kudos to you!
     
  13. Lili

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    Ahh you so tempted me to get the 20, that or country parsons X100!
     
  14. Iansky

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    Ahh Lili, the 20mm is a superb lens but - the X100 is in a different dimension all together!!!
     
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  15. Armanius

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    Do it! :)
     
  16. Pelao

    Pelao SC All-Pro S.C. Charter Member

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    Love the texture in these Ian. I keep going over them, soaking up the detail. Nice.
     
  17. snkenai

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    If I could do B&W like those, I'd be a retro-convert.:smile:
     
  18. kyteflyer

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    Ooooh. If you have 20/20 vision, I think it will be in your kit soon enough :)
     
  19. Naveed Akhtar

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    Wonderful photo set Ian. It shows your experience and control at the focal length and with faster focusing on GX1, no doubt you did wonders here.

    No doubt 14mm is a very good lens, insanely fast and accurate. Well for the second part, nothing touches my 20. I guess its very subjective, I saw your photos at flickr NYC one, they are all amazing! For me 20mm is one of the main reason am stuck on m4/3 for so long. Some recent takes:

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    Dark street of Bethlehem.

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    Low and bad interior lights.

    Photo set on 20mm f1.7: Lens - Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 ASPH LUMIX G - a set on Flickr
     
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  20. Iansky

    Iansky SC Top Veteran

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    Thanks Naveed,

    Have to agree with your feelings - the 20mm is a lens once owned and used is hard to even consider letting go.

    It is close enough to the 14mm for me that at this stage I am not considering that lens, the pancake size of these 2 lenses does make them both easy carry high performance optics though and I am interested to see what the final 12-35 constant f2.8 will be like size / performance wise - it could prove a very viable option as long as it is not too large.
     
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