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Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by Alf, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. Alf

    Alf SC Top Veteran

    652
    Oct 11, 2010
    Northeastern Tuscany
    I've been seriously thinking of a new GX1, and as prices online seemed little better, I decided to enjoy a walk into town for the full shopping experience in a brick-and-mortar authentic camera shop - they are almost extinct, but there are a few, historical of course this being Tuscany.

    So here I am, stepping out of the train into Florence and its art.
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    kitty in Florence di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL1 with 20/1.7 Lumix - snapseed edit

    Florence is full of light, the sky is clean, and the town is in full Pitti mode: the beautiful people of the fashion sistem, tens of thousands of buyers from the whole planet, and an indeterminate amount of innocent bystanders all head to the Fortezza and the nearby squares, mixing with the constant stream of tourist and the crowd heading in for the sales. Impromptu events litter the streets and squares, usually together.

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    just in di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL1 with 20/1.7 Lumix - snapseed edit

    Then I enter this little room full of Leicas new and old, marvel at old glass and at its prices looking like serial numbers, and get to play with many a camera. On to the GX1, play, touch, play again with my 20/1.7, hmm. It seems difficult to get the pics I like, more than with my E-PL1. Maybe it's the IBIS, maybe it's the different controls, and maybe it's me. Not so sure anymore.

    While I think on this I spot a little black duck in the back of the display, and ask for a test. Again, on the 20mm, good. Kit lens, yes. And it's tiny but not so much, and damn fast.

    And I exit the shop much poorer, and the proud owner of a matt black E-PL3 and Olympus 45mm and head to the street to play with my new toy.

    Shoppers and protesters take a moment of rest and chat.
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    Politics. di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - snapseed edit

    Onlookers or plainclothes police taking notice of me.
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    Fashion,Politics di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - OOC jpeg

    And the works. Love this highlights.
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    Firenze di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - snapseed edit

    You know where I'm heading, the famous black hole of world tourism, around which all orbits.
    They all head there.
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    see di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - snapseed edit

    From the direction she is looking, she just spotted where the Chanel shop is.
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    over there di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - snapseed edit

    He is lost in the forms, drawing statues.
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    Drawing di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - OOC jpeg

    He looks at a girl, at many naked statues together, and thinks. It shows.
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    what is he seeing? di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - snapseed edit

    Meanwhile I head on to the calm place over there, Santa Croce.
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    Santa Croce di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - OOC jpeg

    Not alone, of course. Here's that fast autofocus they were talking about.
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    Running in Santa Croce di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - OOC jpeg

    Then, an alley out. "Icché c'è c'è" is Tuscan for "you're getting what we have".
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    trattoria di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - snapseed edit

    After all that beauty, they walk and shop. Quite well dressed to be normal tourists, maybe they are here for Pitti. Or maybe they are just like this everyday.
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    Shopping di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - OOC jpeg

    Meanwhile life in town goes on as usual, more or less. A wedding photo session I bumped into here and there. Meet Serious Wedding Photographer.
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    A Pro, wedding shooting di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - OOC jpeg

    And the bride, just near the Duomo. Don't know if they flied half the world to get married here, or belong to the growing Chinese community in nearby Prato. But it seems they enjoy the place.
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    Wedding shoot di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - OOC jpeg

    And he enjoys the sight too, +1 for cultural integration, it seems.
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    Very happy di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - OOC jpeg

    Over there, someone is lost and asks his way out.
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    Crime never sleeps di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - OOC jpeg

    Someone is on duty, as always.
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    on duty di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - snapseed edit

    They head to their afternoon out and a cup or two,
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    One, two, three di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - OOC jpeg

    And I head home a happy duck.
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    Sit di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - snapseed edit
     
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  2. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Congratulations Alf. The epl3 is a great little camera, the 45 is a great little lens, and you're off to a great start with the combination! Oh, to have such easy access to a place like Florence. For me, it's been twice in a lifetime. OTOH, I can get to New York City within a couple of hours, so I can't complain too much!

    Have fun with the new camera!

    -Ray
     
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  3. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Mark
    I knew it would end with you short of funds Alf, but not that you'd go down the EPL3 road...I would have had my money on the GX1. Congratulations mate. I can see you even enjoyed day 1...happy duck indeed :thumbup:
     
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  4. chromatin64

    chromatin64 SC Veteran

    289
    Apr 26, 2011
    A Leekist in York, UK
    Lovely series Alf and congratulations on the new toy.

    And I love the concept of, "Icché c'è c'è". Says it all.

    Thanks Alf.
     
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  5. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Thanks, Alf, for showing us what the epl3 can do, but mostly for the walk through Florence. I'll never get there now, so little mini travelogues like this are a great joy.
     
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  6. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    Great way to show off the new camera and lens. Once a Pen owner, always a Pen owner?
     
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  7. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    well, from the way you started out I thought it was going to end with a Leica ... :smile: lovely crisp southern-winter colours
     
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  8. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    that's a great series Alf! Wonderful colours and clarity!
     
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  9. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    Another excellent travelogue - congrats on the new gear.
     
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  10. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Congratulations Alf - both for that new camera (seems as though it had to be an Olympus:biggrin:), you wonderful new lens and the way you've told us all about it by showing just what the combination can do. My only wish is that I could have been there with you!

    Wonderfully crisp, clear, colorful images with a lovely feeling of Florence. I hope to make it there myself sometime. You've given us a real taste of the city's life - and your new gear!:friends:
     
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  11. Congrats, a nice little series you have there.
     
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  12. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    Great write up and photos. Enjoyable as always. And congrats on the EPL3 and 45/1.8. Speaking of fast AF, I undusted the EP2 yesterday, and was reminded of what a non-fast AF is like! Made me thankful of the X100's AF!
     
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  13. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Lili
    Superb series Alf! Both the new lens and body play well together
     
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  14. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    great images Alf - I feel like taking a trip there

    the 45mm f1.8 looks like a great performer and at that price is almost a steal compared with the PL 45mm f2.8, (I know this is a macro lens) ..... but still


    are there any problems using this lens with the original EP1?
     
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  15. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    It's been five years since I was last in Italy. Thanks for bringing it all back, Alf.
     
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