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Question for GX1/OM-D users

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Question for GX1/OM-D users
Sep 23, 2012


Can anyone who uses the OM-D and/or GX1 please give some thoughts please.

I currently use a Sony Nex-7 for photos and video but recently tried a friends hacked GH2 and it was really impressive - really sharp and detailed in a way the Sony wasn't and I'm pondering the new GH3 for my video work, especially a short I want to make soon.

If I did make the switch, I'd also want to grab a smaller camera for stills and I'm looking at a GX1 as it's fairly cheap now for the body, or perhaps the OM-D if it was a smart call. I like shooting with flash so would prob use the FL-14 flash on the Panny or the Oly's slot in flash which google tells me is a 10GN flash.

In fact I've often shot with two cameras at the same time in the past to keep things quick, both so the flashes can recycle and the cameras can write to the cards, the latter of which is always a bugbear of mine (why I ultimately was frustrated with the X100 for example as it was so slow), as I like to have a somewhat continuous, hypnotic flash going off. Hence why the appeal of the small m4/3's as you can duo them easily.

I was having a look on the web at GX1/OM-D images and was looking at the photographer Terry Richardson's tumblr and looking at his exif details saw that he's recently been using a GX1 and GF1 together.

The GF1 images were good, but I really like the quality of the GX1 images, they have a really flat feel that I like, the skin tones look smooth and accurate and they have a quality that I can't really describe but has an almost snapshot quality that is cool, almost nostalgic. Terry became famous for using snapshot cameras, but either way the GX1 images have this in a way the GF1 images don't, it's an evenness that I like.

Here are some examples - please note, as Terry is an edgy fashion photographer these are ALL NSFW so if you're sensitive then be warned.

GF1 - http://www.terrysdiary.com/post/28054479701/stella-at-my-studio-2
GX1 - http://www.terrysdiary.com/post/31858448073/stella-at-my-studio-1

GF1 - http://www.terrysdiary.com/post/31923048897/bo-at-my-studio-2
GX1 - http://www.terrysdiary.com/post/31922957153/kristel-at-my-studio
GX1 - http://www.terrysdiary.com/post/31922299511/tessa-at-my-studio

GF1 - http://www.terrysdiary.com/post/25784377215/georgina-at-my-studio
GX1 - http://www.terrysdiary.com/post/31922857540/jade-at-my-studio

Now, I don't know the lighting, I'm assuming from most his shots it's models on a wall by his big windows shot with on board flash, but certainly in the first two images the models is wearing the same short suggesting they were shot at the same time and the GX1 images are nicer imo.

I was wondering therefore if anyone can point out if this is normal behaviour for the GX1 or if there's some different processing going on here? As I said I like to shoot two cameras at once and if I can get two GX1's for the price of an OM-D and get images like the ones above then I'd be really happy.

So yes, can anyone please offer any thoughts on the above, am I seeing the GX1's magic or is there some PP mojo going on I'm not seeing.

Also, does the OM-D have the same ability to makes images like that and if so would y'all recommend it over the GX1 therefore?

Thanks in advance for any advice!
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