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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by 4power, May 21, 2011.
Today I picked up the Olympus 75mm
I'm still getting used to it but here's a shot
I also picked up this little marvel of a Tripod
Only weighs a bit over a pound and folds up small
Camera plus 3 lenses and a tripod can fit in a tank bag
Great photography Xelic. Do you have a gallery on line?
Awesome pics there xellic!!
You also have a very nice kit. The Panasonic 20 and 7-14 are both great lenses. I've not tried the Oly 75, but would like to. I have the Oly 45 and love it, use it quite a bit. I like the Pen series of cameras, but presently use a Pany GH2 and would like to score a GH3 when they become more available and at more reasonable prices.
interested in your opinion of the OM-D Xellic.
Been fixated on the body to replace my GF1 recently.
In image quality and build quality the OM-D is steps above the GF-1
Nikon guy Thom Hogan does a thorough review here
The GH3 is worth a look too
There's a bunch of good cameras out now, if the Sony RX1 was cheaper I might of bought one of those
I'm picking up an OM-D in the next couple weeks.
just using a GF3 and the 14mm in the meantime and have a Sigma 30mm in the mail.
I'm a full time, professional photographer employed by a major university. My main rig is a 5D MkIII with the trifecta of 2.8 zooms and a handful of the specialty lenses thrown in. That's how I pay my bills. I like the Canon camera system and I'm very happy with the quality, but for personal work, I find myself wanting something smaller and lighter.
For years I've bounced around various point and shoot options to complement my SLRs, but I find myself still carrying my big cameras around along with the point and shoot. The image quality just isn't there. I want something else.
I'm very intrigued by the m4/3 system. The Panasonic GH3 seems to be a great bridge between m4/3 convenience and dSLR-like external controls. The real question is, is the format good enough? I know I can't expect good quality at ISO 25,600, but can the camera deliver at ISO 6400? Is the real world shooting experience as smooth and seamless as with a dSLR? Do you guys find that your m4/3 cameras get in the way of you taking the shots you want?
I realize that a lot of these things are different based on which cameras you're using and what type of photographer you are, but I'd love to hear some more opinions on the topic.
Does it get shaky with the tall center section?
I've been checking out the 3lt stuff...
Fully extended, it's a little shaky but it's not been a problem so far
There is a hook to hang some weight which would probably help if it was really windy
Okay, I just scored a GH3. It came in two days ago and I've been putting in some longish hours at work so haven't had time to wring it out, have just taken a handful of pics with it, but hope to get out with it more over the weekend.
I will say that I have almost no DSLR experience or knowledge. I was an intermediate level photography hobbiest as a teenager and young man way back when, in the film days. More recently I'd purchased a couple of P&S digital cameras, but ultimately wanted something better, so about three years ago I bought one of the then new Olympus E-P2 µ4/3 cameras and have been dedicated to the µ4/3 format since, and thus have no experience with FF professional cameras. I later gave that camera to my son and DIL when they had a baby, and bought a GH-2. I've found the GH-2 to be pretty good, but was never happy with the JPEG engine in that one. I can tell already that the GH-3 is better in that respect.
The main reason I wasn't interested in one of the Olympus cameras, including the new and very good OMD, was the lack of an articulating viewing screen, which the GHs have and which I find very useful very often.
I purchased the GH-3 as a body only. I have a pretty good assortment of lenses although some really new nice ones have been coming out, like the 75/1.8 and the 12-35/2.8 and 35-100/2.8, I'd love to have all three but they are not inexpensive!
I'll report when I've played with the GH-3 a bit more.
Thanks for the reply. I actually rented a GH3 with the 12-35 2.8 for the weekend. We'll see how it goes!
Sweet! I realize that you are coming from better/higher-end cameras, whereas I'm coming from 'below'. I took mine with the Panasonic 14-140 to my girlfriend's daughter's basketball game yesterday. I cranked the ISO to 6400 to use with that somewhat slow lens coupled with fast action and artificial light, and I have to say that it worked pretty well. I find that there doesn't seem to be a lot of noise in the images, and the auto white-balance is lots better than the GH-2. I also notice that the jpegs are much better generally than the 2, don't require nearly as much post processing. The continuous auto-focus (AFC) seems to work a lot better as well.
Anybody use the Panasonic 14mm? Looking for a cheap wide angle for the GF1 for street photography. They are about 160 dollars here.
I've not used that one. But I hear it's decent. It has been somewhat overshadowed by the Oly 12mm which costs quite a bit more. $160 is a great deal, though, they are $300 on Amazon right now. I'd jump on it! Then give us a report.
I've got one...pretty decent lens for the $$
I added a metal lens hood for a little protection.
Thanks for the info....sounds pretty decent.
I'm hoping to get up to Glazer's and see what they have before buying something.
yer welcome, Rich.
here's the hood I use
If you add the metal hood I would go with a center pinch cap...the regular cap is a pita with the hood installed.
Did you get your ovf yet?
Thanks Josh. picked up the lvf1 for 100 bucks on clearance, pretty happy with it. Lost count of how many pics I ruined because I couldn't frame a shot.