Lives in United States NJ, United States
Joined on Jul 29, 2005

gugarci's current gear

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm 1:1.8
I bought this camera when it was first released. At the time the black color was in such a high demand that it was back ordered evywhere & some people actually paid more for the black version. Not me. IQ is still good for a 6 year old camera. Noise performance is good for a small sensor. I still used this camera & to this day I have no plans to buy an Lx5, or an LX7. But if someone wants to give me a free LX8 I'll take one.
Love the GX7. Great IQ, love the small size and the fact that it looks like a glorify P&S. Camera fits my hands like a glove & I love the grip. The camera has IBIS, twin dials, a built in flash, EVF, & 9 function buttons. The EVF is good not great, but still very usable. If you buy this camera & wear glasses buy the accessory EVF cover. It really make the EVF performance better in the daylight. the IBIS is just as good as my E-P3 & for my need this is more than adequate. My complains are few. I wish the IBIS would work on video, and I sometimes trigger the exposure compensation while turning the rear dial. Although I have not done this recently.
If you own the micro 4:3 system & love using primes this is a must. It's extremely sharp, light, really nice bokeh, and pretty inexpensive for the equivalent of the 90mm 1.8. If it was all metal like the 12mm lens it would get 5 stars. Should be part of everyone's kit. And this lens doesn't have to be used for portraits only. I have taken many great landscapes images with this lens.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm 1:2
Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 II ASPH
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II ASPH Mega OIS
I love my 12mm lens. The lens is built like a tank, it's very sharp and a joy to touch and hold. I bought it along time ago for $799. Right now it cost alot less but Olympus still doesn't include a lens hood. If you buy this lens or any Olympus lens without an included hood send Olympus a message & never buy one of their overprice OEM hood. I have a Vello hood for this lens which feels as good as the lens. If this lens cost around $500 I would give it 4.5-5 stars. But since it doesn't & Olympus doesn't include a hood it only gets 4.
This is my favorite micro 4:3 lens. This lens is small, fast and very sharp. A lot of user love to hate this lens because the AF is not as fast as others. The AF is slower compared to the Olympus 17mm 1.8. But for my need when i compared both lenses in a store the difference was negligible. But YMMV. Also I have no issues with the AF of this lens in dim places. My only complains about this lens are no lens hood included? Is this a Panasonic or Olympus lens??? Also silent mode in my GX7 is not completely silent with this lens. It's very quiet but you can hear it if the camera is near your ear. Over-all I love this lens. But i f i didn't own anything wider than this 20mm lens, I have the 12mm, I would of bought the Olympus 17mm 1.8 instead.
I bought this lens because the GX7 IBIS doe not work in video and at the time the rest of my lenses were Olympus only. I'm glad I bought my GX7 with this wonderful little kit lens. I started using this lens a lot recently after reading the SLRGear Review. For a kit lens this is one sharp little lens. Plus it came with a hood & has some decent macro capabilities. Can't say more about this lens.
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm F4-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
Phase One Capture One Pro
Bought this lens to replace my Olympus 40-150. Compared to my copy of the Olympus this lens appears to be a little sharper at the short & long end. But the difference is nothing major. Build wise this lens is better than the Olympus and feels nicer in your hand. Lens looks expensive and has a metal mount. The zoom ring & manual focusing rings turn very smoothly & it has no zoom creep. The Olympus 40-150 looks & feels cheap compared to this lens. If I owned an E-M5 or an E-M1 with the 5 axis IBIS I would of kept the Olympus 40-150 even though i prefer the loosK & build of the Panasonic much better. But since the IBIS on my GX7 is good not great, I bought this lens to get the better performance of the lens OIS. I rarely used the Olympus because I didn't like it look & feel. But I plan to use this lens a lot. It looks & feels like a much more expensive lens.
I've been using LR since version 1. Since I used Raw Shooter Essential I received LR 1 for free since Adobe bought out the software. LR is very easy to use & capable of producing great results from Raw & JPEG's files.
C1P has become my favorite editor. I prefer the of the box results I get from C1P better. Out box results have more natural colors, & the sharpening is usually spot on. Although some of LR tools are easier to use & their browser is better I still mainly use C1P.

gugarci's wish list

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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm 1:1.8
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm F2.8 OIS
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH Power OIS
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 25mm F1.8
Panasonic Leica D Summilux Asph 25mm F1.4

gugarci's previous gear

Canon EOS 350D (EOS Digital Rebel XT / EOS Kiss Digital N)
Nikon D80
Nikon D300
Olympus PEN E-P3
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
My first Micro 4:3 body. Bought over 2.5 years ago as a refurb unit from Cameta. Great little camera. Has good controls. IQ is still good for an older sensor. I have used this camera up to ISO 800 without too much thought. And will use it up to ISO 1600 & will use it at ISO 3200 & 6400 only in a pinch.
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR
Tokina AT-X Pro 12-24mm f/4 (IF) DX
Tokina AF-X Pro 16-50mm f/2.8 DX
Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm 1:4-5.6 R
Came as the kit lens with my E-P3. This lens & my E-P3 was a good enough combo for me to sell of my D300 & all Nikon glass. Both Olympus & Panasonic make really good kit lenses. IQ wise they are pretty similar but build wise the Panasonic gets my vote.
Great inexpensive little zoom. Very sharp throughout the zoom range. I paid $149 for my copy although they have them on sales from time to time brand new for $99. If it was built a little better I would give it 4 stars. Compared to my Panasonic 45-150 this lens feels cheap. But the optics are really good.