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    Just got a blue one

    Well I just bought a blue one from a member with the kit lens and the long zoom plus a extra battery, extremely low shot count . Be here Friday before i go to Moab. Leica also sent me several lenses for the workshop to demo and Jack has the adapter, so i will get a chance to try some Leica glass on it. I do have a question i have a 16gb SDHC card. I would assume this will be fine.

    here is what Leica is sending for the workshop. The Tri-elmer not sure anyone tried yet

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    Re: Just got a blue one

    The inevitable has happened. Why not in "Pro" red.

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    Guy... the 16 gb worKs... I always thought the beauty of Leica was wide open speed...

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    Re: Just got a blue one

    someone on LUF tried the WATE and said it was not satisfying going from 32mm-42mm (too small a range) and as slow as the kit.
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    Re: Just got a blue one

    Guy,

    From all you have written, I knew you would get one. Good luck with your G1. I look forward to you posting some samples with the Leica lenses.

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    Re: Just got a blue one

    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    The inevitable has happened. Why not in "Pro" red.
    I thought by now, everyone knew the blue one has lower noise at hi ISOs than the red...

    BTW, got my Nikon adapter yesterday, so I can use my AF 60/2.8 macro (old one, with an aperture ring, luckily enough...). Heavy beast, not the best balance, but works great. Just waiting for the spring flowers.....and, of course, the Leica M adapter

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    Re: Just got a blue one

    Quote Originally Posted by Per Ofverbeck View Post
    I thought by now, everyone knew the blue one has lower noise at hi ISOs than the red...
    Now if this was one of the motorcycle forums...we'd be talking about which was the faster one...blue, red, yellow, black....take your pick. Personally, I've always liked the yellow motorcycles, but for some reason stick with the black cameras. That yellow Hasselblad just never did it for me. I haven't seen the blue G1 however. :-)

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    Re: Just got a blue one

    Gary: my third Norton was yellow.

    Guy: you will love the 75cron on the G1; take a lot of people shots at Moab while eating those chili & egg breakfasts

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    Re: Just got a blue one

    Congratulations Guy - can't wait to see your Moab shots!

    Do you use ND grads? what are you doing for the kit lenses?

    I've got ND grads for my 4/3rds lenses... very useful.

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    Re: Just got a blue one

    Thanks Folks, looking forward to joining in the fun. You guy's have been killing me with having so much fun lately. Seriously I had no chance in hell trying to not buy one. Great excuse i say. I am getting the kit lens that comes with it and the longer zoom but as soon as a very wide zoom comes out I maybe stampeding the line to get one. Mike has his CV12 coming to Moab if he does not sell it first and that maybe a fun lens there along with the 75 summarit. The lens I really want is the 50 pre asph again. Just love the look of that lens. Anyway hopefully having the M8 there also I can do some comparative images. There will be 3 G1's in Moab about 8 M8's, 4 Phase One MF, One Hassy for sure, Some Canon and some Nikon stuff. So it should be fun to see all the different camera's record this workshop. Now I have to get in Phase Ones ear about supporting the G1 files.
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    Re: Just got a blue one

    Anyone try a Leica 90mm M Macro yet. Might be a great macro with the G1
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    Re: Just got a blue one

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    Anyone try a Leica 90mm M Macro yet. Might be a great macro with the G1
    Guy to get close-up you need the adapter which has the goggle part that wouldn't fit. We haven't been able to try the OUFRO yet to see what that does. For macro seeems like the Oly 50 macro is the one so far.

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    Re: Just got a blue one

    I had that lens too.
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    Re: Just got a blue one

    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    Guy to get close-up you need the adapter which has the goggle part that wouldn't fit. We haven't been able to try the OUFRO yet to see what that does. For macro seeems like the Oly 50 macro is the one so far.
    I've tried the OUFRO
    It's fab . . . . no pictures at the moment as I'm in the office (damn - after 23 years working from a home office . . . I'm now commuting 40 minutes).

    Guy - congratulations . . . if you want wide, then the current best bet is the Olympus 9-18 4:3 lens with an adaptor - it's still small, and works really well. Of course, there is a 7-14 coming later.

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    Re: Just got a blue one

    Thanks Jono
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    Hey Guy- Blue too! Besides the Leicas there are some f-mounts I can't wait to try. The Zeiss 50/2 and 100/2 makros could be quite amazing with the pixel density of the G1 and the magnified focus for macro work. best....Peter

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    Re: Just got a blue one

    The 7-14 will definitely be worth a good look... but I don't believe it will take filters, so the 9-18 is worth getting now imho. Fully supports CDAF, super sharp lens with an EFL of only 18-36mm

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    Re: Just got a blue one

    I will have to take a look at all this stuff and figure out the best adapters as well. Jack and Mike have some adapters now i can try out this week coming to play with. This is going to be fun to play around with.
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    Re: Just got a blue one

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    no pictures at the moment as I'm in the office (damn - after 23 years working from a home office . . . I'm now commuting 40 minutes).
    Nightmare ... save the planet, work from home!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Mosley View Post
    Nightmare ... save the planet, work from home!

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    Dunno about saving the planet - I'd guess that heating that barn used up more energy than driving to the office!

    It's certainly different - now I only work 8 hours a day instead of 10 or 12, and the drive is all country roads (no rush hour or jams).

    It's different, and a change is as good as a rest

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    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    Guy to get close-up you need the adapter which has the goggle part that wouldn't fit. We haven't been able to try the OUFRO yet to see what that does. For macro seeems like the Oly 50 macro is the one so far.
    Yes, in addition to the OUFRO (I want hear what Jono (as well as everyone else) thinks if it is worth the $65/- I cost him.), the Oly 50mm and 35mm macros should do quite well.

    Once I find some time, I will write more on the perfect (to me that is) macro option for the m4/3rds.
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    Hey Guy,

    Can't wait to see what you see. Congratulations on succombing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    (I want hear what Jono (as well as everyone else) thinks if it is worth the $65/- I cost him.), the Oly 50mm and 35mm macros should do quite well.
    HI Vivek
    The Zuiko 50mm is great on the G1 (nicely balanced as well). What little time I spent with the OUFRO was promising - but of course, the range in focus is pretty limited.
    Whatever, I'm collecting my G1 on the way home this evening (from a friend who was trying it out), and I'll try and do some tests in the next day or so.

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    Re: Just got a blue one

    Okay the Baby blue has arrived. Darn need to go back to college and get a engineering degree to set this thing up. LOL

    Need how to turn some stuff OFF. LOL

    To bad there was not a preferred menu setup so us newbies can get it going. LOL

    Oh and Leica lenses have arrived from Leica for the workshop and Jack has John's adapter so i can try out a bunch of leica glass on this trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    Guy to get close-up you need the adapter which has the goggle part that wouldn't fit. We haven't been able to try the OUFRO yet to see what that does. For macro seeems like the Oly 50 macro is the one so far.
    I had the ZD 50/2 Macro and used it with my E-510. Optically it is great for anyone wanting good resolution, neutral bokeh and high contrast. All that sounds good and many images from this lens are also very good. But... in the long run I found the images from the ZD50/2 Macro boring. I missed some soul in the images, there was no lens personality talking to me. That is perhaps only me.

    Mechanically I totally disliked the lens. The lens is very much in need of a focus limiter. (That doesn't matter though when used with the G1 as we get manual focusing only anyway.) The feel when focusing manually is bad. The focus jumps a little when doing small adjustments. When switching direction the lens jumps a little (not holding the optical axis firmly at place).

    For macro use I very much prefer the OM90/2 Macro which is just as "sharp" and mechanically very good. It also doubles fine as a fast long (to me equiv 180mm is long) tele lens.

    So, I got in love with the ZD50/2 for a period. Then my feelings cooled off. I can fully understand many praise the lens. Thinking about it I may be one of the few not seeing it as a masterpiece.

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    Re: Just got a blue one

    Before I forget i would like to thank one of our great forum members for helping me acquire a very slightly used baby Blue G1. Also she is just one great lady and just finished giving her a nice lighting class last Sunday. Cindy Flood your the best and love having you as a friend and forum member. also special thanks to Terry TEBNewYork for helping me sell my 520 and being a great friends as well.
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    Does this mean Cindy is no longer shooting with the G1? I like to see her images.
    V/r John

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    Quote Originally Posted by barjohn View Post
    Does this mean Cindy is no longer shooting with the G1? I like to see her images.
    No, it wasn't Cindy's

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    Quote Originally Posted by barjohn View Post
    Does this mean Cindy is no longer shooting with the G1? I like to see her images.
    Thanks, John.
    No, no, no, no, no. I won't be parting with mine any time soon (besides, mine is black).
    My friend wanted to sell hers, and Guy wanted to buy.... Fedex made it happen! Now Guy has "baby blue" and we can all look forward to G1 photos from the Moab workshop next week. I wish I could be there.

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    Awesome! Glad Cindy and Terry made it happen for you, Guy.

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    Everybody's enthusiasm almost makes me want to keep mine . . almost!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonas View Post
    I had the ZD 50/2 Macro ...
    ... The feel when focusing manually is bad. The focus jumps a little when doing small adjustments. When switching direction the lens jumps a little (not holding the optical axis firmly at place).
    Jonas, that's what I was worried about (see my post from Jan. 22 in Jono's thread cf Zuiko to 75 cron to Zeiss). http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/showthread.php?t=5163

    I assume all examples of the ZD will mf w/the same degree of precision, or lack thereof... But I've not heard many complain about it -maybe they don't care, or haven't used a good manual macro, or don't want to criticize such a highly regarded lens? I'd still like to get more opinion before plunking down cash for lens And adptr.
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    Quote Originally Posted by psurfer View Post
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    I assume all examples of the ZD will mf w/the same degree of precision, or lack thereof... But I've not heard many complain about it -maybe they don't care, or haven't used a good manual macro, or don't want to criticize such a highly regarded lens? I'd still like to get more opinion before plunking down cash for lens And adptr.
    Hi,
    Unfortunately I have tried one copy of the lens only. Maybe other copies are better, or worse, I can't say.

    I had the E-510 for nearly a year. I spent quite some time at the Olympus SLR forum over at DPR. Many of the regular posters there are a bit touchy about possible (or impossible) imperfections when it comes to Olympus cameras and Zuiko lenses. I don't know why exactly... they are very quick to assume all sort of errors with what usually is called "Canikon" stuff...

    So, I have seen the problem with jumpy focusing mentioned a couple of times only. I can't count how many times I have read that the lens is the best ever produced, by anyone. I don't know exactly what to make out of that and you probably have better ask people you trust.

    I read your question in Jono's thread. Maybe he replied somewhere, the thread is long and I just glanzed through it. The lens is a bargain and many have it, some more opinions on this should surface.

    regards, /Jonas

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    Re: Just got a blue one

    Jonas . . psurfer
    with respect to the 'focus by wire' on the Zuiko 50mm.
    Having also used lots of macro lenses with 'real' manual focusing, I do understand what you're saying . . but I can't say that I've ever found it a problem. Of course one does feel one step removed, but even so.

    I don't have any axes to grind, the macro lens I'm currently using is a sony one, the bokeh is lovely, the focusing is just a tad slower than the Zuiko, and a bit noisier too. You pays your money . . . .

    The Nikon 105 VR is fast and accurate and big and heavy . . .

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    Re: Just got a blue one

    When I was at the camera shop a few weeks ago I asked to try the 50 macro. The demo one I put on the camera was a mess and the focus was mushy and very loose. Then they brought out a new one. The difference was night and day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    When I was at the camera shop a few weeks ago I asked to try the 50 macro. The demo one I put on the camera was a mess and the focus was mushy and very loose. Then they brought out a new one. The difference was night and day.
    Hmm. Sample differences or an abused demo copy? That's hard to tell. What I know is that I bought my ZD50/2 new and that the guy buying it from me had no complaints. Whatever that tells us. Maybe it is best buying it in a good shop allowing you to try it on the camera before paying. Bring a tripod and get close...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy Flood View Post
    ...Now Guy has "baby blue" and we can all look forward to G1 photos from the Moab workshop next week...
    I like to think it's a more manly "Royal Blue" !!


    Congrats Guy

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    Thanks Bill, I picked Bob up late afternoon yesterday from the airport for the Moab trip and he played with my Royal Blue G1, he liked it. i think we maybe starting a G1 revolution here. Certainly is fun , too many darn features but looking forward to bolting on some Leica glass this week and giving it a run for it's money.
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