Five year run with the GF1

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by Generationfourth, Oct 5, 2015.

  1. Generationfourth

    Generationfourth Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 11, 2015
    A month ago I upgraded and retired my GF1. Since then I’ve been combing through my collection of micro 4/3’rds photos and putting them up on flickr. I’ve discovered so many good ones and have been re-editing others. It’s going to take a long time to go through the hundreds I’ve flagged so I’ll just post what I have now. Highlights are below and the full album is here on flickr. I realize that kwalsh has done this type of post a lot better than I have a little while back.

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    GF1 with aki-asahi leather kit by Alan Galura, on Flickr

    Prior to the GF1 I had only shot film. I was apprehensive about making the switch to a dslr camera. At the time I was shooting with a Canon Cannot rangefinder and the GF1/20mm combo just seemed like a natural fit. I loved the form factor right off the bat. My friends thought I was just messing with another old eBay camera, and dslr shooters still thought I was still shooting film!

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    Pleasent Valley Dam Road by Alan Galura, on Flickr

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    Red Rock Rendezvous by Alan Galura, on Flickr

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    Serenity Crack by Alan Galura, on Flickr

    The compact size enabled me to take the GF1 a lot of places I couldn't take a DSLR. This is shot 3 pitches (~400 ft) up a climb in Yosemite Valley.

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    Jill by Alan Galura, on Flickr

    I also took the GF1, 20mm pancake, and Oly 9-18 through a 16 day hike of the John Muir Trail 5 years ago. When I initially posted this on Facebook a few people commented on how dirty her hands were. While re-editing it again recently I noticed that her pants/hands were in focus and her face was actually slightly out of focus. Still one of my favorite trail portraits.

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    Feeble attempt at Ansel Adams by Alan Galura, on Flickr

    I've found that I constantly go back to my black and white roots with my edits.

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    Tunnel View by Alan Galura, on Flickr

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    Black Mountain Bash 2010 by Alan Galura, on Flickr

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    Camp 4 - Steve Stearns by Alan Galura, on Flickr

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    Night 1 by Alan Galura, on Flickr

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    Oyster Delicacy by Alan Galura, on Flickr

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    Luna vs. Emily by Alan Galura, on Flickr

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    Dixie wants to play in the snow by Alan Galura, on Flickr

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    Goat Crest Saddle by Alan Galura, on Flickr

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    Blue Lake Pass by Alan Galura, on Flickr

    The last two were shot on the Sierra High Route this past summer. The route is a 195 mile off trail trek through the High Sierra. The 20mm/GF1 came with me mostly for documenting purposes. It was hard to make pictures because of the amount of suffering I was putting through myself mentally and physically. I did manage to make the time to take some photographs and I'm still going through and editing a lot of them.

    I have since put the GF1 to rest and replaced it with a GM5. Because of the High Route trip the photography bug has bit me again. I've added a few lenses to the line up (because of the weight savings of the GM5) and I can't wait to make photography more of a focal point to my trips. Hope you enjoy!
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  2. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    Awesome! Great testimonial for the mighty little GF1. I see the GM5 as a spiritual successor to the line that went GF1/2 and then GX1 and then sort of went underground with the larger, more complex GX7. Awesome camera to use, the GM5.
  3. Generationfourth

    Generationfourth Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 11, 2015
    I was a bit confused when the GF2 came out and worried about the direction that micro 4/3 was headed. Then for a few years I wasn't into photography as much. When I came back I was amazed and a little confused with all of the offerings and improvements. I initially was going to get a used GX7 but at the last second sprung for the GM5. I really wish I had picked it up prior to my last trip!

    They addressed every weak point of the GF1, and not only that crammed it into such a compact body that is actually more usable than the GF1!
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  4. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 7, 2010
    I was a huge GF1 fan; totally disappointed by the GF2 and all that followed until the GX7. Not a huge GM1 fan; haven't used the 5, but I really see the lineage as GF1>GX7. It's funny to realize that the GX7 is basically the same size as the GF1, with exception of the viewfinder. I don't think everyone quite remembers it that way.
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  5. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    The GM5 vastly improves on the GM1 ergonomics by merely adding a tiny thumb rest that protrudes a bit from the back of the camera, it barely adds anything to the size but is a major improvement to the handling.
  6. Starfleet

    Starfleet Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 14, 2015
    Michigan, USA
    Thanks for sharing all this. And really wonderful pictures. You really captured the moment.
  7. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    Great shots. I've owned a LOT of cameras since my gf1. But I realized looking through my photos, that my best photography was when I was shooting JUST with the gf1 and 20mm lens. I think one is arriving in my mailbox today. I'm looking forward to it.

    And looking forward to more from your eye through your new gear, too.
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  8. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Geez, I get cold just looking at Night 1. That's a really good run for a digital camera. It's always good to remember what 12 Mp can do in the hands of someone who knows how to use it.:th_salute:
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  9. fransglans

    fransglans Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 12, 2012
    Great ones. Small cameras is something special. I bought a cheap gf3 just for this, combined with p20 it's great! Thank u
  10. FreightTrain

    FreightTrain Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 1, 2015
    New Brunswick,Canada
    Some really fine photo's here. Thanks for sharing. I also like the p20 as it is on my em-10 most of the time.
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  11. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    Kind of funny how we all know we got excellent photos with our 5 or even 10 year old gear. Yet we keep wanting that next camera every year. Are my pictures any better? I don't know.

    Anyway, great shots! You definitely got your money out of that camera.
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  12. NoSeconds

    NoSeconds Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Awesome work mate, this will be another thread to show my non-believer mates the power of m4/3's... :2thumbs:

    I still have my GF1, its in mint condition and still punching well above its weight...
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  13. kwalsh

    kwalsh Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 3, 2012
    Baltimore, MD
    Great retrospective! I particularly like the strength of your compositions including people in the wilderness. Very, very nice work.
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  14. Joon525

    Joon525 Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 24, 2012
    If you posted these pictures in a thread called "Five day run with the E-M1" I probably would've believed that these came out of one (an E-M1) since I don't peep pixels.
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  15. Dean Nguyen

    Dean Nguyen Mu-43 Regular

    May 17, 2015
    Nguyễn Thành Nam Nguyễn
    I really admire you. It is not easy to capture nice photos like this with an old camera. You know, in my country Vietnam, I could buy a 2nd GF1 with only about 80$. It is unbelievable price for a camera. Thanks alot
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  16. 少林chris

    少林chris Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 28, 2013
    Los Angeles / Copenhagen
    Fantastic stuff Alan, a terrific example that simplicity is the key when it comes to equipment. Keep shootin' & rockin' the mountains!
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