Posts Tagged ‘micro4/3’

The Cheap & Cheerful Olympus 17mm f2.8

The Olympus 17mm f2.8. Contrast-wise it’s a little bit flat, it’s really not that sharp and it has quite a bit of distortion. However, it gives a great field of view that is both narrow enough to be intimate yet wide enough to allow busier compositions. Thankfully, RAW files stand up to a good bit of prodding, so you can still get some impressive results out of it. For day-to-day snapshots, I prefer it over the 20mm f1.7. p.s. I really like the fingers of the girl below. Quite elegant, no?

[all photos with Oly E-P1 / 17mm f2.8]

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Some Early Thoughts About the GF1 (compared to the E-P1)

Compared to the Olympus E-P1 Couple of quick observations:

  • GF1 has a more functional read-out and interface, fewer stupid, laggy animations.
  • GF1 is slightly faster in focusing.
  • GF1 is noticeably lighter.
  • GF1 LCD is very nice. Sharp!
  • GF1 control wheel is a bit stiff, the upper control wheel on E-P1 is nicer. However, I am very against the lower control dial on the E-P1. It’s too easy to hit buttons on that thing accidentally.
  • GF1 has a flash! Ok, it’s weak but the mechanism is very pretty and it’s a real boon for any night time snapshots.
  • GF1 has no sensor stabilization. I miss that feature much more than I expected.

[all photos with Panasonic GF1 / 20mm f1.7]

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E-P1 vs GF1 vs ?

Hi Everybody,

I’m Mark and I love cameras. I used to carry a DSLR with me all the time but it has become too impractical. Now, I am looking for the ultimate small camera.

I photograph anything that takes my fancy and I usually use wide to standard length lenses. This blog records my thoughts on various small cameras as well as the small camera scene at large.

Right now, the two most interesting small cameras are the Olympus PEN E-P1 and the Panasonic GF1, both capable of high quality images using the micro 4/3 sensor. The Panasonic GF1 just came out in Japan on the 18th and I managed to snag one on the day, albeit without the optional electronic viewfinder. A lot of people have been wondering how the E-P1 fares against the GF1 so I’ve started a blog to share my experiences with the two.

Stay tuned!

Mark

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