You can get lovely shots with the pens, but you have to know and trust your gear, at weddings there are no second chances. If you are the primary wedding photographer, then the onus is entirely on you, and it's stressful and hard work. I recently did a wedding and after talking...
All taken with e-p1 and pl45 (except I used the 20 for the cake and groups)
I was a second photog, so I had the luxury of no pressure to deliver, but I came away very pleased with the performance of the pl45, I kept the focus limiter on and never really struggled with AF speed (although faster...
£210 for the 14mm is about as cheap as I've seen that lens anywhere, so yes, that sounds a good deal.
I'd still recommend spending a bit more for the 20/1.7 though. You can buy them new for £280 and I've seen them on the 'bay get snapped up at £250.
If I were to only have one prime lens, it...
Focal length and angle of view do not share a linear relationship -
the 3mm difference from 20 -> 17 is noticable, but close enough to be considered broadly similar,
however the 3mm difference from 17 -> 14mm is considerably greater.
Buy the 14mm lens if you want a wide angle lens. Buy the...
I find the whole process of street photography quite nerve-wracking. It is by far the hardest genre for me to approach.
I would probably never any take street photos with a DSLR, but the smaller bodied m4/3 cameras look suitably "touristy" combined with one of the small autofocus pancake...
The SMC Taks have a good reputation, single coated i'm not so sure about. Getting an adapter is probably worth it though, I paid £12 for my M42 adapter and it works great.
I have two M42 lenses, Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 50/2.8 and CZJ Sonnar 135/3.5
The Tessar is a bit mediocre wide open, and...
I think taking the top and back off would involve disconnecting electronics.
The base and front are just cosmetic, you've got to be careful, but don't really have to "pry" ffiw, I found nothing to be glued.
It's pretty easy to get apart.
You will need a 00 or 000 Phillips screwdriver
Take the lens off and put the body cap on.
The base-plate comes off first (be sure to catch everything as the battery door falls apart)
The grip side faceplate comes off next, this is also straightforward.
This is as...
Thank you for taking the time to produce those test shots, I think I agree with you - negligible errors at sensible distances.
I wonder how different it is from the Olympus VF1 (designed for the 17/2.8) I might have to look out for one of them :-)
visit Hyperfocal Distance and Depth of Field Calculator - DOFMaster for a full explanation, but simply put;
The hyperfocal distance varies with focal length and aperture.
- choose a focal length and an aperture,
- look up the hyperfocal distance for the particular combination.
- focus the...
Lumix 20/1.7 - 10 I honestly could not be happier with this lens.
PanaLeica 45/2.8 - 9 I can imagine being happier, but not much.
E-P1 - 6 It looks amazing, it's the perfect size, and I will never sell it (because it's worth more to me than the cash value)...
As David said...
For a given camera system, your depth of field is related to:
AND Distance to Subject.
The longer your focal length, the less depth of field.
The closer your subject, the less depth of field.
The larger your apeture, the less depth of field.
Here is a...
Hey Bopat welcome to the boards,
As you already have a GF1, you will have an idea of what the handling of the pens will be like. The G & GH series bodies are still pretty small, but definitely bigger in the hand. The integral viewfinder and grip of the G/GH are better for longer lenses, if...
I think I've shown that it is possible to take a razor sharp "nose-out-of-focus" portrait with the PL45, provided that your subject is a cat :smile:
Back on topic, I can see green/magenta fringing on the out of focus trees in my first shot, so although it is very well controlled...
This was straight through bare trees and into the sun - pretty much a worst case scenario. Shot at f4.
This is a headshot at f2.8
This is a close-focused headshot at f2.8
FYI a handy way of searching a site, is to just use google and type in whatever you're searching for...
I really like the PL45 for landscapes, it is a beautiful lens. Point-to-point autofocus (on an e-p1) is about as fast as the 20/1.7. Really as long as you use the focus limit switch I find the lens perfectly reasonable in this regard. In all other regards it is superlative.
Here is a landscape...
The final picture is my favourite; it looks like the hull (or fo'cas'le) of an old gunboat - and the lone man in the corner sets it off nicely. The second picture is similar, and brighter in mood, but the cars and pedestrians put me off it a little.
Very nice set!
For low light action stopping; it would give you better results.
It would also be bigger & heavier (especially the lens), and produce images indistinguishable from the GH2's in the same good ambient light.
Every camera is a compromise somewhere, and the GH2 is an enviable bit of kit as it...
I avioded DSLRs completely,
Going from an old Practika / Carl Zeiss Jena film SLR which I loved but slowly ignored as film started its decline, to a rubbish digital P&S that was so slow it nearly killed photography for me. Sony saved the day back in '07 with a T20 slim P&S that reassured me...
I decided to take advantage of some beautifully clear springtime weather here in the UK, and go for a yomp over some hills. Taking a minimal amount of camping gear, the e-p1 & 20/1.7, Tea and chocolate, I walked a portion of the Cotswold Way from Cheltenham to Old Sodbury. About 70 miles. I...
I'm pretty sure the 14-42 Mk II kit lens uses a new bayonet fitting for the new macro & fisheye converters, so while those converters "might" work with the 17/2.8 using a homemade adapter, I wouldn't bank on it being a go-to solution.
I spent my (pre-) christmas bonus on the...
So is anyone going to Derby this month for Format 11 International Photography Festival?
It starts today, and runs for a month - lots of events. I'd like to check it out but don't quite know which events to look out for, any suggestions?