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    Re: GRD2 with 40mm Tele-converter pictures

    I've ordered GT-1 and another GH-1 to go with it (so cheap anyway). I agree with Mitch though that the lens takes up less room. I will leave the spare tube at home unless I have a small camera bag with me, in which case I think it will be easier to swap with a GH-1 on each lens. I think in practice I'd probably only end up using one lens during creative groove of a shoot anyway, so it will probably make no difference one way or the other.

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    Re: GRD2 with 40mm Tele-converter pictures

    Here are couple more GRD2/GT-1 pictures — I really like this 40mm EFL tele-converter:











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    Mitch,
    I really like both of these

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    Re: GRD2 with 40mm Tele-converter pictures

    What a great collection of pics Mitch I have seen such b&ws only from Leica range finders. I am really amazed to see the quality of BW images from such a little camera. I think this forum will force me to buy GX (I know images are from GRD )

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    Thanks, Lili.

    Thanks, Sagar. Here is a series shot with the GX100:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/1026877...89594785/show/

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    Here's another portrait taken with the GRD2/GT-1:





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    Re: GRD2 with 40mm Tele-converter pictures

    She's beautiful......
    Mitch, It seems like some of your new Work with the GrD2
    has taken on a new persona / a Softer EDGE / a more Refined Real
    (which I'm not sure you would like to hear since so much of your work has a certain stylized EDGE about it)
    Is that the feel of the camera or less manipulation on your part ?
    Cheers- H

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    I agree with all that Helen says, would add also, there is more Innocence, less of a Worldly air to this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helenhill View Post
    She's beautiful......
    Mitch, It seems like some of your new Work with the GrD2
    has taken on a new persona / a Softer EDGE / a more Refined Real
    (which I'm not sure you would like to hear since so much of your work has a certain stylized EDGE about it)
    Is that the feel of the camera or less manipulation on your part ?
    Cheers- H
    It's a thought, Helen, isn't it? But with this subject I just couldn't make her look edgier than this, and I'm getting into making a pretty picture of a pretty subject, which isn't what I usually do. I've given a different treatment to the second picture below, and I may go back and apply this look to the picture above, in which case I'll have to repost it below because flickr will make the one above disappear.





    However, my feeling is that above of the street seller (Feb 15) does have some of the edginess through the high contrast, no?

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    Here is the second version of the first portrait, as I think the latter will disappear:





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    Re: GRD2 with 40mm Tele-converter pictures

    Boy, I sure do like those pictures, Mitch! Some grit, some contrast and some really nice mid-tones; they're all there.

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    Thanks, Maggie. It was the grit that was missing from the first version of the first portrait.

    I have to say once again that I really like the GT-1 40mm EFL tele-converter.

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    Re: GRD2 with 40mm Tele-converter pictures

    Just a question for those people who have both the GRD II and the GX100 (I guess this is mainly Mitch), since I'm contemplating some purchases . Why would you go out with the 40mm converter on the GRD2 rather than with the GX100? Is it the convenience of quick raw, or do you have an esthetic preference. Mitch, since you keep praising the converter, I assume it's the latter.

    Apologies if this has already been discussed somewhere.

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    Two reasons, Sizifo. Firstly, the GRD2 prime lens is better than the GX100 zoom lens although the 40mm adapter is sometimes subject to some flare, which (apparently) is usually in the corners and hasn't bothered me. Also, with the converter the maximum aperture stays at f/2.4 while the aperture of the GX100 at 40 or 50mm is reduced.

    Secondly, I think that the GRD2 files are substantially better, particularly in terms of higher contrast: as Sean Reid has written, starting with a higher contrast file means that less contrast adjustment has to be made in post-processing, which means that there is less deterioration of image quality.

    Nevertheless, while the GX100 files are "softer", they usually take well to aggressive sharpening, which I find is necessary. On balance, however, I prefer the GRD2 in rendering the type of textures I like to have in photographs. You can see my GX100 shots in the following two series:


    http://www.flickr.com/photos/1026877...89594785/show/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/1026877...7602093920518/


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    Re: GRD2 with 40mm Tele-converter pictures

    Thanks for the detailed answer. Have read Sean's review. He also mentions that GRD II with converter has less resolution in the corners than the GX, but I really doubt this is a problem in the real world. Somebody on the forum recently complained about the corner resolution of the GRD II (w/o converter), and going through my photos almost none of them had anything in the corners that would make this remotely apparent. Likely the converter will be in my possession before long.

    There is almost no need to mention that the two series are astounding. Must be said that your photos have a look that can be identified from miles. Aggressive PP, not sure if it's 100% my thing, but definitely remarkable.

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    Here's, finally, the final version of one of the portraits discussed above, which disappeared after I uploaded the new version to flickr:





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    Re: GRD2 with 40mm Tele-converter pictures

    Bad Mitch,

    I just finished a little job for the local Chamber of Commerce over lunch and have already spent the loot 5 minutes ago on a GT-1 and a CV 40mm viewfinder. I like the way it draws from what you've posted here....

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    I'm sure you'll like it, John.

    Here is the revised version of the other 40mm EFL portrait that I posted earlier in this thread. The trouble is that when one posts a picture linked from flickr it eventually, but not right away, disappears when the original picture on flickr is replaced by another version.




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    Re: GRD2 with 40mm Tele-converter pictures

    Hey you all.

    I still didn't manage to get the GT1 in Denmark, so i have now ordered from Germany. Should recieve it in few days

    I'm going for a weeks holiday in Budapest in the end of april.
    I'll carry along only the GRD for Jpeg b/w street-photos, the GRD2 for shooting in RAW and the GW1 (21 mm) plus the GT1 (40 mm) wich can be used on both cameras.
    I think I'll love not to carry the big DSLR-equipment!

    I can't wait - and I undoubtedly will spam this forum with pictures from my trip

    Have a nice day.

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    Re: GRD2 with 40mm Tele-converter pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by ellemand View Post
    I can't wait - and I undoubtedly will spam this forum with pictures from my trip
    Please do! Very interested to hear of the experiences of people who have travelled only with GRD(2) [+ / - adapter lenses].

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    Re: GRD2 with 40mm Tele-converter pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by kai.e.g. View Post
    Please do! Very interested to hear of the experiences of people who have travelled only with GRD(2) [+ / - adapter lenses].
    YEAH ELLEMAND....a Sensible Traveller
    Have a WONDERFUL Trip & Post post post those pixs Cheers ! Helen

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    Re: GRD2 with 40mm Tele-converter pictures

    Hey Kai and Helen.

    Thanks for your comments.
    I'll do my best - and I promise, that you'll see lots of pixs

    I'm looking forward to recieive my GT-1 - so I can give it a trye before the trip

    All the best to all of you.
    Ellemand.

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    Re: GRD2 with 40mm Tele-converter pictures

    Hey again.

    I finally recieved the GT-1 from Germany. I have only tried a few test-pictures, but it seemed allright - although there is a litte flare sometimes when using it in the sun.
    And it was just in time - I'm flying to Budapest for a weeks holiday tomorrow.
    I'll - as written before - bring my GRD2 for normal use in RAW - the GRD for back-up and/or b/w jpegs - and the GW1 og GT1.
    So - with a hand of cards and four batteries - take care Budapest - here I come.
    I'm sure you will know, when I'm back

    Cheers
    Ellemand.

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