Thanks for the comments.
Hmm. If I sold the Summilux, ZD 11-22 and Leica 14-50, I'd have most of the money for it. Hmm. Hmm.
Bought a new lens today, the Pana 7-14. If somebody had suggested to me six months ago to forget about all my Nikon gear and go all m4/3 (plus maybe an E-5 when I need weather sealing etc.), I would have taken it for a somewhat silly joke. Now, I'm not so sure. The 7-14 is at least as good as I need, and why carry two kilograms when I can carry one?
GH1 with 7-14mm @ 14mm, f/4 and 1/15s. Handheld, cropped top and bottom.
Here's some shots with the Sigma 500mm F7.3 APO (AF if you have a Nikon or etc. ) which sells typically for $250 (ex~mint) these days.
No processing at all:
At F/8, 1/320s ISO640 - About 30 feet away
No Processing at all:
At F/11, 1/160s ISO400 75% crop - About 60 feet away
Here's the difference between f/8 and f/11: Processed somewhat (Curves in PS).
F8, 1/100s ISO400
F11, 1/80s ISO400
I can't see very much difference - even the blur looks about the same. (Both about 15 feet away)
Here's two images with my typical (full) processing. I dunno what aperture. Probably less than f/11 tho.
1/60s, ISO400, 50% Crop - About 35 feet away.
1/125s, ISO200, 70% Crop - About 75 ~ 85 feet away
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Whenever I can't quite make up my mind, I don't act and just keep on working with what I have. Less expensive that way.
:-) A friend of mine finally caved and bought one too. Now he can't seem to take it off the camera. (Good thing he has two G1s ... he bought mine as a second body when I decided to concentrate on using the E-5 and E-1 exclusively.) He's almost forgotten about this Nikon gear too.Bought a new lens today, the Pana 7-14. If somebody had suggested to me six months ago to forget about all my Nikon gear and go all m4/3 (plus maybe an E-5 when I need weather sealing etc.), I would have taken it for a somewhat silly joke. Now, I'm not so sure. The 7-14 is at least as good as I need, and why carry two kilograms when I can carry one?
New Years Eve getting closer ...
One of the reasons I like the 11-22 is that it goes from what is my most used ultrawide to very near normal FoV. Lets me carry just it on the one body and not worry about much else a good bit of the time.
The 11-22 lived more or less permanently on my E-1 exactly for the reason you mention, and should I buy an E-5, an 11-22/50-200 combo is a very likely. Unfortunately, the 11-22 won't AF on m43 cameras.
Autofocus with the 11-22 is supported by all Olympus Pen E-Px bodies and with the Panasonic G2/G10/G2H/GF2 bodies. It's not super fast, but then manual focus with the G1/GH1 bodies and their EVF (or the Pen E-P2/E-PL1 plus EVF) is such a piece of cake I hardly notice the lack of AF support.
I tend to focus manually a good bit of the time anyway ... My current most common setup on the E-5 is to use MF with Mode-3 for the AEL/AFL button (one-time AF only).
Just testing, from my balcony on the sixth floor, across the canal and down the road with the GH1 and OM Zuiko 500mm f/8 Reflex. The total weight of the combo is 975g and the reach in 35mm terms 1000mm. This lens doesn't feature a tripod mount and is best used handheld, so requires a lot of light. It's also relatively low contrast, so post processing includes increasing contrast (I use curves for that), some sharpening and bumping up the saturation slightly.
GH1 with OM Zuiko 500mm f/8 Reflex at 1/2000s and ISO800
Here's a 100% crop for the pixel peepers. No noise reduction except in-camera.
After a few, late hours with the absolutely lovely Panasonic 7-14mm, I see that inside this lens, there are zillions of lovely photos that I didn't know existed. Looking forward to an exciting journey
GH1 with Panasonic 7-14 @ 7mm, f/4, 1/8s and ISO800
Very cool, Ryan. Hadn't heard about the Tilt Transformer before. Another great opportunity with the m43 system!
1960 Linhof Arms Of Steel! (extremely light weight too!)
Seriously though, no one in their right mind shoots at 400mm (equiv) or longer hand-held and expects anything but the occasional luck-shot - OIC or not! That's a 200mm lens for us M4/3 folk. I was shooting 500mm (1,000mm equiv.) so stabilization is actually impossible without a tripod - no matter the camera system.
Thanks for the comment too! Very appreciated!
Happy New Year to Everyone!
"H. Davidson 96 Cubic Inches ...". L10 + Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-150mm.
Happy New Year everybody. We're already there
GH1 with Panasonic 7-14mm @ 7mm and f/4.5
. . . . . the hour is at hand now in Seattle, good by 2010, hello 2011!
As we bring in the new year I hope we all have one when we need it and willing to give one when we believe someone can use it . . . . .
A Helping Hand
GF1 with Leica D Summilux 25mm f/1.4 -- ISO 200 -- f/1.4 -- 1/800
John, very moody "dancing tree" !
Dan, lovely "helping hand", that's probably what we are all going to need in 2011
Leica77, excellent HD !
Jorgen, I see you are enjoying your 7-14 already
and last but not least, Godfrey, beautiful "bench" ! I love the compo and the colour !
Here's two from yesterday's walk in Brussels :
(7-14mm on G1)
(14-45mm on G1)
Have a nice day,
E-M1/GH2/G1 Full Spectrum & lots of lenses
Happy New Year, part of my Urban Abstract collection. Kodak 7 Mp Joe
Here's some more images. This time with my new Nikkor AF 85mm F1.4D - and this is my first experience with a lens that renders colors like this! Holy cow! At first I though someone was messing about with the saturation on my monitors or something. It's a very lively and vivid lens! It's kinda like getting a new box of crayons. It's nice getting results like this without having to process for it.
The amazing thing to me is that it's doing this in low light. Overcast at around 1pm to 4pm and this time of year at Japan's latitude on the planet the Sun always looks like it's about 2 to 2.5 hours away from total sunset - it never climbs very high in the sky and the days are short. Noon looks about the same as 4pm and 9:30 am.
F/1.4, 1/125s, ISO100, Camera: GH1, Image Digitized: 2011:01:02, 13:38:27
F/1.4, 1/400s, ISO100, Camera: GH1, Image Digitized: 2011:01:02, 15:48:20
F/1.4, 1/125s, ISO100, Camera: GH1, Image Digitized: 2011:01:02, 16:05:25
I missed the focus a little bit on this one - you can see that the buds don't look as perfectly pin-sharp as I saw in the finder. I still like it tho!
f/1.4, 1/640s, ISO100, Camera: GH1, Image Digitized: 2011:01:02, 15:54:31
f/1.4,1/200s, ISO100, Camera: GH1, Image Digitized: 2011:01:02, 16:08:20
f/1.4, 1/400s, ISO100, Camera: GH1, Image Digitized: 2011:01:02, 13:32:56
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Contax Zeiss (C/Y) 35-70mm F3.4
Contax (C/Y) 100mm F2.0 Planar
Gaudi's cathedral - Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
G1 with Olympus 14-42 kit zoom
After /shooting/ birds whattya do? Why, fry them up and eat them of course! Right here: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&hq=&...23.44,,2,-2.13
Yakitori With The Yashica ML 24mm f/2.8 @ 2.8, ISO 400 on the GH1 (and a 100% crop at the end):
A portrait from around Christmas in a French restaurant.
(Not as sharp as I wished but I like the movement and background)