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    Re: Having fun with the GF1

    Terry the quality of files look pretty nice and looks like i just have to get one. Jack, Bob and Terry will have one each that I know of on the workshop but I am really feeling left out here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    ... I'm running LR 2.5. When I went to use the adjustment brush I was getting something really strange. It was like a big block (square) of changed exposure when I would use the mouse to brush over an area. In addition, the preview colors on the imports was looking much better than the final import after rendering. I have to sort this out today. I may reload the files on a second Laptop that has now Leopard and 2.5 to see whats happening.
    My computers are still Apple PowerPC models (yeah yeah, it's time to update the hardware, just waiting for my ship to come in ... ;-) where ACR5.5/LR2.5 has a horrid rendering bug. Adobe has recommended using LR2.4 until they release a new v2.5.x revision for PowerPC systems. And similarly, Snow Leopard only runs on Apple-Intel hardware so I'm locked into Leopard for the duration.

    I crashed out shortly after I typed that last night and didn't really push things around too much in Lightroom 2.4. I'm off for my morning walk now, I'll play with the photos a bit later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy Flood View Post
    Terry, I love #2 with the dirty windows and the bridge. That is a view of the bridge that I've not seen before. It is nice to see you and Godfrey out and about--using the camera in the real world.
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    The bridge through the dirty windwo was one of my favorites also. It was nice to see Godfrey's face again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diane B View Post
    The bridge through the dirty windwo was one of my favorites also. It was nice to see Godfrey's face again
    When we met back up after shooting the Fort on our own I said to Godfrey that I got one keeper "favorite" shot of the day. The window was the one I showed him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diane B View Post
    The bridge through the dirty windwo was one of my favorites also. It was nice to see Godfrey's face again
    LOL ...

    GF1 on tripod, my face is about 3.5 feet from camera, back wall about 6 feet.


    Self-Portrait - Fort Point, San Francisco 2009
    Panasonic GF1 + G 20mm f/1.7
    ISO 500 @ f/1.7 @ 1/30 second, manual focus
    about 10% cropped from width and heighth.

    and a detail snip at 1:1:


    And yes, I think that window that Terry caught is one of the day's real prizes. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    LOL ...

    GF1 on tripod, my face is about 3.5 feet from camera, back wall about 6 feet.


    Self-Portrait - Fort Point, San Francisco 2009
    Panasonic GF1 + G 20mm f/1.7
    ISO 500 @ f/1.7 @ 1/30 second, manual focus
    about 10% cropped from width and heighth.

    and a detail snip at 1:1:


    And yes, I think that window that Terry caught is one of the day's real prizes. :-)
    That's fun---good to see you smiling LOL. The lens did a good job too.

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    Today's effort.... a rather large pano from Twin Peaks taken with the 14-140



    crop this is probably a mile or two away.


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    Terry,
    This is just beautiful. I have been going back and forth across the pano. You should be proud of this.
    I have to ask if you had the GF1 on the cube?

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    Beautiful Terry--and gosh, it sure stitched perfectly--alignment must have been right on. So much to see--so much detail to absorb. What fun it would be to see in a big print and spend time in front of it just taking it in. Forgot to ask--how many shots???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy Flood View Post
    Terry,
    This is just beautiful. I have been going back and forth across the pano. You should be proud of this.
    I have to ask if you had the GF1 on the cube?
    Well the joke is on me. I had a tripod (my traveler) and a plate with me. I forgot a wrench to attach the plate and make it functional . Pano was handheld.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diane B View Post
    Beautiful Terry--and gosh, it sure stitched perfectly--alignment must have been right on. So much to see--so much detail to absorb. What fun it would be to see in a big print and spend time in front of it just taking it in. Forgot to ask--how many shots???

    Jack taught us good handheld technique at a workshop and LR/CS4 make it easy. You simply select the shots (after you have synched the processing) and it is essentially automatic. It was 7 shots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    Jack taught us good handheld technique at a workshop and LR/CS4 make it easy. You simply select the shots (after you have synched the processing) and it is essentially automatic.
    Glad at least somebody was paying attention! GREAT pano Terry!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    Well the joke is on me. I had a tripod (my traveler) and a plate with me. I forgot a wrench to attach the plate and make it functional . Pano was handheld.
    You might get thrown out of the cubist society for hand-holding...I won't tell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monza View Post
    The Canon 50/1.4 uses a 48mm actually.

    Contax G lenses all use 46mm filter size except for the 21mm wide angle. There are several nice hoods for G lenses on the bay that would probably work for the 20mm Panasonic.
    You're right, of course. I knew there had to be a reason I had all those 46-49 adapter rings...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    Godfrey,
    I'm running LR 2.5. When I went to use the adjustment brush I was getting something really strange. It was like a big block (square) of changed exposure when I would use the mouse to brush over an area. In addition, the preview colors on the imports was looking much better than the final import after rendering. I have to sort this out today. I may reload the files on a second Laptop that has now Leopard and 2.5 to see whats happening.
    If you're still using Macs with PowerPC processors (G4, G5) rather than ones with Intel processors, there is a huge issue with Lightroom 2.5 involving "maze artifacts" around highlight areas. (I believe the newest versions of Camera Raw and DNG Converter.) Bug reports have been filed with Adobe and they've acknowledged being aware of the issue.

    For now the only workaround is to backdate to Lightroom 2.4 and re-render your previews (original files are unaffected, fortuntely.)

    This isn't the same as your issue, of course, but I think it shows that their latest code isn't PowerPC-friendly, and that could cause other symptoms as well.

    If your Mac has an Intel processor, then ignore everything I just said...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger 9 View Post
    If you're still using Macs with PowerPC processors (G4, G5) rather than ones with Intel processors, there is a huge issue with Lightroom 2.5 involving "maze artifacts" around highlight areas. (I believe the newest versions of Camera Raw and DNG Converter.) Bug reports have been filed with Adobe and they've acknowledged being aware of the issue.

    For now the only workaround is to backdate to Lightroom 2.4 and re-render your previews (original files are unaffected, fortuntely.)

    This isn't the same as your issue, of course, but I think it shows that their latest code isn't PowerPC-friendly, and that could cause other symptoms as well.

    If your Mac has an Intel processor, then ignore everything I just said...
    Ignored

    The Panos wouldn't work because I didn't have camera raw 5.5 which handles GF1 raws but that is strange since I was in LR and sending the files to PS for the merge and didn't realize it would need Camera Raw for that.

    The original adjustment brush issues seems to have solved itself in a LR restart.

    The last issue is with xrite and their new profile generator (xrite Passport). It is not recognizing any color charts shot with the GF1. I thought again I had it fixed with a Camera Raw update (on a different laptop), but no still can't get it to recognize the file.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
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    The Panos wouldn't work because I didn't have camera raw 5.5 which handles GF1 raws but that is strange since I was in LR and sending the files to PS for the merge and didn't realize it would need Camera Raw for that.

    The original adjustment brush issues seems to have solved itself in a LR restart.

    The last issue is with xrite and their new profile generator (xrite Passport). It is not recognizing any color charts shot with the GF1. I thought again I had it fixed with a Camera Raw update (on a different laptop), but no still can't get it to recognize the file.
    With CS3/CS4, Lightroom will pass the original RAW file and editing instructions to Camera Raw once you choose "Edit in Photoshop". I believe there's a way to alter this and have it pass TIFF files, but I don't know if this is compatible with the panorama stitching function in later versions of PS ... I use CS2 (still) which doesn't have this option or the stitching functions.

    I don't know if it works the say way the DNG Profile Editor does, but with the latter you have to convert the file to DNG with the option for compatibility set to Camera Raw pre-v5.4 versions ... this creates a DNG spec v1.2 file, rather than the later v1.3 file.

    I haven't seen the xrite software or what it does, how it interacts with LR, so I'm not sure what it might be doing.

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    I didn't get out and shoot anywhere all that interesting but, paying attention found a few to shoot around the farm with the 20 f/1.7 and GF1. This may be my favorite

    Persimmons f/1.8 1/320s ISO100


    A few more
    Skewered f/2.8 1/125s ISO100


    Saw this at a building site f/2.5 1/1000s ISO100


    A few more here http://www.pbase.com/picnic/temp_g1

    Diane
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    Lovely Cindy, I can't wait to get mine!!

    Cheers,

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    Terry, that pano is great. I haven't seen that view in 20 years. I used to work for the Hilton--skinny tower in front of the BofA tower.

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    Well you guy's dragged me into ordering one too. Admittedly a little to hard to resist. I promise I won't drive you nuts
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    BTW Diane those sealed the deal those images. Nicely done
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    BTW Diane those sealed the deal those images. Nicely done
    Those are nice Diane. Good for you Guy. Looking forward to your contributions. I'm awaiting mine anxiously.

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    I promise I won't drive you nuts
    ?? since when ??
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    Call it a warning.
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    Love the "Skewered" shot. Great colors
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    Diane the colors and detail look great on these shots. It makes me realize I need a dose of countryside...too much asphalt the past few weeks.

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    Well, welcome aboard Guy. We're taking the 'warning' seriously.

    Thanks folks. I need some asphalt Terry LOL---looking forward to some urban shooting with the GF1 (whew--can't we find a 'nickname' for the thing--this one is awkward to type).

    I should have mentioned shot in RAW and all processing (except running my frame action) in LR.

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    Yea i can just hear the girls club rattling on about this one. Well it's ordered but backordered and not exactly happy about that. Hopefully I will get it in time for the workshop.
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    Just got mine this Monday afternoon. Between charging the battery, reading a little of the manual and dressing it up there was little time left to get out to take any pictures outside. I played around with the GF1/20mm taking pictures of my granddaughter while trying out the camera strap around my neck. I think it carries well and I can comfortably hold the camera out in front to take pictures using the LCD.

    Below you see the dressed out GF1 with a Gordy leather camera strap from my G9 (now sold) plus a half case and the G1 sports a leather wrist strap. A new black leather wrist strap is on it's way from Luigi. I also ordered a couple hooks from Leicagoodies to make switching between straps easier.



    Link to larger image above if interested: http://www.digitaldiamondphotography...05G1-GF1-2.JPG



    Here's a picture of my Granddaughter Lily. - GF1, 20mm f/1.7, 1/30 at f/1.7



    Hopefully I will be able to get out for some pictures tomorrow morning.

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    Re: Having fun with the GF1

    General caution to those who like to dress up their cams:

    Avoid doing the one side "wrist strap" thing. These cameras are made with very thin plastic (based on what I see in a G1) and are certainly not meant to be slung around with leather wrist straps from one side.

    If in doubt, feel free to crack open one of the cams to see if there is any truth to this.

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    Re: Having fun with the GF1

    Quote Originally Posted by slosync View Post
    Just got mine this Monday afternoon. Between charging the battery, reading a little of the manual and dressing it up there was little time left to get out to take any pictures outside. I played around with the GF1/20mm taking pictures of my granddaughter while trying out the camera strap around my neck. I think it carries well and I can comfortably hold the camera out in front to take pictures using the LCD.

    Below you see the dressed out GF1 with a Gordy leather camera strap from my G9 (now sold) plus a half case and the G1 sports a leather wrist strap. A new black leather wrist strap is on it's way from Luigi. I also ordered a couple hooks from Leicagoodies to make switching between straps easier.



    Link to larger image above if interested: http://www.digitaldiamondphotography...05G1-GF1-2.JPG



    Here's a picture of my Granddaughter Lily. - GF1, 20mm f/1.7, 1/30 at f/1.7



    Hopefully I will be able to get out for some pictures tomorrow morning.

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    Don, Lovely photo of Lily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    ...snip... It makes me realize I need a dose of countryside...too much asphalt the past few weeks.
    More country, but I'll take the Golden Gate Bridge any day.

    GF1 and 20mm at f/1.7


    20mm at f/2.8


    f/2.5


    GF1 and Pen-F 42 f/1.2 at f/2
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    General caution to those who like to dress up their cams:

    Avoid doing the one side "wrist strap" thing. These cameras are made with very thin plastic (based on what I see in a G1) and are certainly not meant to be slung around with leather wrist straps from one side.

    If in doubt, feel free to crack open one of the cams to see if there is any truth to this.
    Thanks Vivek...

    Good words to heed!! Personally I use the strap as a saftey measure and usually carry the G1 by the grip with my hand through the wrist strap.

    I don't think the GF1 will be as easy to carry using a wrist strap as it's grip is so small. I have to make a few trips to get the "hang" of it....

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    Re: Having fun with the GF1

    Did you order your case for the GF1 from ebay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy Flood View Post
    Don, Lovely photo of Lily.


    Thank you Cindy...

    She's my favorite model!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    Did you order your case for the GF1 from ebay?
    Yes.... Ace_of_Bycle2004... about $62 But I don't see the case base on his site right now.

    http://myworld.ebay.com/ace_of_bicycle2004/

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    Thanks Vivek...

    Good words to heed!! Personally I use the strap as a saftey measure and usually carry the G1 by the grip with my hand through the wrist strap.

    I don't think the GF1 will be as easy to carry using a wrist strap as it's grip is so small. I have to make a few trips to get the "hang" of it....

    Don
    I've played back and forth with a wrist strap, neck/shoulder strap. I only use a wrist strap as safety measure on these cameras--never have carried it by one. I agree--for safety, since the grip is small, I found I wanted a bit of protection--and also, my fingers found themselves gripping harder as the time went on, since its not as ergonomically nice as the G1's grip. But still--isn't it a fun camera to shoot with?!?!?

    I tried my Y strap yesterday also, after shooting. It seems a bit more strap than really needed, width wise, but--it really does work nicely to carry and have the camera at ready quickly rather than carry it in hand all the time. The strap doesn't quite give the stability of a neck strap (as Terry suggested) for low light/lower shutter speeds, but works pretty well--you can still stretch it out and hold stable (though connected on only one side, so--not quite as good for that).

    But--I'm still open to finding the right thing to suit--a good shoulder strap (my Optechs with pro loops wouldn't go through the lugs so couldn't try them and so put the GF1 strap on--but need the 'right' strap LOL).

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    Quote Originally Posted by slosync View Post
    Yes.... Ace_of_Bycle2004... about $62 But I don't see the case base on his site right now.

    http://myworld.ebay.com/ace_of_bicycle2004/

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    Aaah that is the place I was looking for (I knew it had a funny name). Should have bought it when I first saw it. More money now and not in black. Sent them a message.

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    Re: Having fun with the GF1

    Cindy,
    These look great!

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    Certainly do . Love the bell shot
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    Is there a lens hood with the 20mm.
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    No, no hood. Most of the reviews state that it doesn't really need one (see dpreview http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/...ic_20_1p7_o20/ but you can find one on ebay.

    Ha, so you and Bob joined the girls club LOL.

    Cindy--very nice shots. The bell shot in particular caught my eye. IF it quits raining around here, I may get out and shoot elsewhere LOL.

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    No lens hood comes with it.
    Diane, take a look at wapitistraps.com
    Nice design and narrow, and the leather is really soft. Fits good on this camera.
    Joe

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    Thanks, Terry, Diane, and Guy. That bell was manufactured in 1848. This spot was the site of a Church and the bell and cemetery are all that is left. My husbands great grandparents are buried there. His great grandfather was instrumental in building the Church. It is a beautiful spot out in the country atop a high hill (not typical of mostly flat/rolling Wisconsin).

    I really enjoyed using the GF1 today. I only took the M8 with an IR filter on it and the GF1, so I did most of my shooting with the "little" guy.

    Guy, I did have a 46mm vented hood that I already had (heavystar) on the 20 f/1.7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecsh View Post
    No lens hood comes with it.
    Diane, take a look at wapitistraps.com
    Nice design and narrow, and the leather is really soft. Fits good on this camera.
    Joe
    Thanks Joe. The only straps I had were the OPtech with Pro loops and the loops wouldn't fit through the GF1's lugs--though they look about the same as my Canon's but obviously don't have quite the clearance. Straps were overkill anyhow LOL. The Panny strap is just not the 'right' strap (and I'd rather not have advertising on my strap too )

    So--I gather that the bugle strap connections would fit through the lugs. I want a strap that is adjustable since sometimes I like it across my body.

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    OK Great news....

    I gave one of my optech straps a little surgery and all is now right in the world. I cut the ends (where they used heat to seal the webbing) and the strap fits through the lugs....

    ORDER AWAY .... LOL

    Dang ---- now I can't find any matches to re-melt the ends

    This is the classic strap not the pro loops.

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    I ordered the 1/2 case from him for $74.95 plus $15 shipping. I haven't received it yet. I ordered the strap from an Amazon seller Vanns for $9.98 a real deal.
    V/r John

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    Love these straps use them on all my gear. This one sounded perfect

    http://upstrap-pro.com/Merchant2/mer...duct_Code=RF-G
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    Guy, I've been looking at straps all evening. Terry had told me before that the web wouldn't fit through the lugs and I had tried with my big pro Optech wtih Pro loops too--but the pro loops wouldn't fit either--even with help. I don't want one as wide as what I use on the 5D so the Classic is probably the right one--glad she tried the 'surgery' LOL.

    I looked at the Upstrap tonight but I like to sometimes use a strap 'across' my body with camera at right hip instead of over shoulder or around neck. I wasn't sure I could do that with the regular Up. For on the shoulder, I've read that nothing is better--they just don't slip.

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