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nipa: Very good work, captured the atmosphere in a unique way, travelling light has its benefits! I wonder however, when you are going to travel with a single prime lens, if a 17 mm lens 4/3 lens (34 mm FF) would be more useful. Has anybody done that?

I like to travel with my 20mm Lumix. I'd agree that the 17 might be a better focal length but apart from its quirky auto-focus, the 20 is probably a tad sharper.

I now have a second M43 body and keep the Sigma 60 on it.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 17:32 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH Review (9 comments in total)

Had this lens for a little over four years. It's my "go to" lens. Perfect perspective, fast, small and pin sharp. I love it.

The slow a/f doesn't bother me one bit, but then, I've come from 50 years of manual-focussing with Pentax SLR's. Modern digital newbies complain too much !

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2016 at 09:44 UTC as 3rd comment

Beautiful !

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2015 at 12:16 UTC as 7th comment
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 (485 comments in total)

Made where ?

Link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 16:19 UTC as 86th comment | 3 replies
On article Readers' Showcase: Rutger Bus (43 comments in total)

Frames 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 9, 10, & 11 are what I'd call "overcooked". A common practise thesedays. PP ruins most images.


Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2015 at 17:15 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On article Consumer DSLR Camera Roundup (2014) (128 comments in total)

"Comfortable Grips" : This is an aspect that is being forgotten by the mirrorless manufacturers (with the exception of Panasonic), in their race to minimise camera size !

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 18:11 UTC as 33rd comment
On photo Cormorant taking off in the It flies!!! challenge (31 comments in total)

Superb !

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 14:28 UTC as 10th comment

A great read Damien. Thank you.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 18:00 UTC as 183rd comment
On article DPReview Reader Showcase: The beautiful game (47 comments in total)

What's beautiful about a game that hosts players who argue with referees, who act as if they are injured (put them in a rugby scrum for a few games then they'll learn about pain !) and who bite. For this they are paid ridiculous sums of money.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 16:27 UTC as 10th comment | 7 replies
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igorek7: The lens is a high-quality alternative to the cheep and decent Panasonic 14mm f/2.5, similarly as Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 is to Panasonic 20mm f/1.7. I am considering to buy 15mm together with Lumix GM1. As a kit lens, the price is right.

I now hope that Panasonic would return 150mm f/2.8 to their roadmap, and would design 10mm f/2.5 or similarly wide-angle rectilinear prime.

"Price is right !" £999.99 - call it One Thousand Pounds. Forget.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 15:23 UTC
On article Miggo Strap and Grip review (86 comments in total)

Why not simply buy a camera with a viewfinder ?

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 13:29 UTC as 13th comment
On Challenge:9160 (15 comments in total)

What is a Pilot Watch ?

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 15:30 UTC as 4th comment | 9 replies
On article Richard Franiec creates custom grip for Panasonic GM1 (46 comments in total)
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australopithecus: Then we can all enjoy a decent EVF !

Sadly, I think you are right Ben.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 09:42 UTC
On article Using third-party lenses on the Sony a7 / a7R (525 comments in total)

Interesting that the Pentax 35mm/f2.0 comes out tops (I had one once and sold it like an idiot).

I use several Pentax "legacies" on my Panasonic Lumix G1 and although the crop-factor alters matters somewhat, I get some perfectly acceptable results.

Having said this I must admit that I, mostly, shoot with the camera on a tripod and use the Panny's excellent manual-focussing aid.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 09:40 UTC as 118th comment | 1 reply
On article Richard Franiec creates custom grip for Panasonic GM1 (46 comments in total)

Then we can all enjoy a decent EVF !

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 18:09 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies
On article Richard Franiec creates custom grip for Panasonic GM1 (46 comments in total)

Why don't we simply buy clothes with bigger pockets ?

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 18:08 UTC as 17th comment
On article Challenge of Challenges: vote for the best shot of 2013 (121 comments in total)

It really is impossible to vote for "The Best Shot of the Year". Besides, so many of these have "overcooked"

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2014 at 10:05 UTC as 48th comment
On article Want to remember something? Don't take a photo (183 comments in total)

Interesting. Comments (mostly) are valid. The classic case of over-use of the digital camera is to be seen on African safaris. Watch a group of being driven about in an open-topped Landrover.

Armed to the teeth with DSLRs and long lenses, they will click away at anything that moves in the bush - instead of simply "taking it all in". Once the shot is captured it's "onward to the next target !"

I've seen it, I live on the African continent.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2013 at 10:35 UTC as 110th comment | 2 replies
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Hobbit13: I think in most comments below, people are raving about the excellent performance of the Leica 45mm lens. But I don't think the quite bulky 45mm Leica is a logical companion for the petite GM1. A test scene shot with the 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 kit lens would be much more interesting.

It's sure nice that the sensor in the GM1 performs well, but that is to be expected, because it's the latest iteration of the m4/3s. It's not that the sensor will be worse, because it's placed inside a tiny body. It either fits, or it doesn't. The size of the camera (on the outside) doesn't have much influence on the image quality.

Agreed ! Many of us are interested in the 12-32. It's compact and covers an extremely useful range of focal lengths.

It would have been much more to the point to have tested the camera with its kit lens. In fact it would have been the logical thing to do.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2013 at 10:05 UTC

The first photo (of the full-Earth) was taken by the Apollo 17 astronauts way back in 1972. Nothing to do with ESA.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2013 at 09:48 UTC as 9th comment
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