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From Russia with love - GX1 & 3 primes (12/20/45)

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by PiterM, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. PiterM

    PiterM Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 22, 2011
    Just some pics (incl. HDR) taken on Monday, during my short visit to Moscow. I think GX1 & primes good a very good job as a travel kit. I used 12/2 the most, and surprisingly 20/1.7 the least of this trio. Today I think that I'll travel with 12/2 & 45/1.8 and sometimes with 20/1.7 only (if I really need to limit my stuff to very minimum). Overall I'm glad I didn't take my D700. I'd look very "out of place" with full frame kit on the streets of Moscow, and in the subway too.



















    And just for comparison - night veiw of Moscow with all 3 lenses: 12/2, 20/1.7, 45/1.8 (all stopped down to about 3.2, ISO 800, camera rested on a concrete wall):



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  2. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Exellent set if images . I love them all and the MFT primes are really wonderful .
  3. RussellOlaguer

    RussellOlaguer Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 12, 2012
    Paranaque, Philippines
    Russell Olaguer
    This is what I love about the M43.
    Traveling light and can still capture quality images.
  4. Justified_Sinner

    Justified_Sinner Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 11, 2010
    Scotland, UK
    Dauvit Alexander
    Marvellous set. Thanks for posting.
  5. RetroBoy

    RetroBoy Mu-43 Regular

    What a stunning series Piter!

    Incredible architecture makes for beautiful subjects and well captured by you.

    Interesting to see the cosmopolitan side of Moscow mixed with the old buildings...and gilded spires!
  6. rgeorge911

    rgeorge911 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 8, 2012
    Wow. That's is a very impressive series of images of such an interesting city! Thank you fo sharing both your travel and your photographic experience!

    My Lumix Blog: DMC-365.blogspot.com
  7. I've been madly looking at GX1 images over the last few days to decide if I want it or the OM-D. These are very impressive in respect to detail and DR; you may have saved me some money :smile:
  8. everythingsablur

    everythingsablur Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 4, 2010
    Toronto, ON
    Fantastic set! The colors really popped off of St. Basil's, and those famed Moscow subway stations look gorgeous.
  9. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Great set of images! Thanks for sharing.

    The GX1 is very tempting, especially with the price with rebate at $550 now here.
  10. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Awesome photos! For some reason I couldn't help but think of Tetris when looking at photo #7! :wink: :biggrin:
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  11. mnhoj

    mnhoj There and back again

    Dec 3, 2011
    Los Angeles
    John M
    Well done. :2thumbs:
  12. PiterM

    PiterM Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 22, 2011
    OD-D or GX1? Well, that is a very good question!

    Let me tell you about my approach... I used to have GF1, which was great camera. But than I switched to G3 (MUCH better sensor) and loved the camera. However, the problem was... it was lightweight, but still non-pocketable. G3 looks like mini dslr and I had to carry it in bag or on my shoulder. It was too thick (due to the integrated viefinder) even for cargo pockets in my M65 style pants. If I want to carry a camera in a bag, or on my neck/shoulder, than I can take my D700 (D700 weight is not a problem for me). So I sold G3 and got GX1 and I'm 100% happy with it! And I don't use the viewfinder and don't even plan to use it. LCD on GX1 is good even for sunny days, and I don't plan to use neither long telephoto nor manual lenses on it. So now it's clear for me:

    1. light traveling -> GX1 & 12/20/45 and sometimes 9-18 for special ocasions

    2. extreme light traveling -> GX1 & 20/1.7

    3. when photography is the essence of the trip: D700 & proper lenses

    I find Olympus E-M5 very very tempting stuff as well, it could be perfect if I'd plan long tele lenses or manual focus glass (Zeiss, Leica). But I'm not going to use any of these on m43 so... I'm going to spend my money on Nikkor 70-200 VRII instead very soon :D 
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  13. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    I really like how you have described your camera strategy! :2thumbs:

    I think I am following a similar path and I believe the main driver is that I too am okay with using the display on my E-P3 (VF-2 mostly sits in my bag). I was looking hard at the E-M5 to serve as my more serious body, especially for landscapes. I was looking at the dimensions, though, and realized that the size (E-M5 with 12mm lens) would be roughly the same as Pentax K-01 with their 23mm equiv. prime lens. Yes, the K-01 is thicker in some areas (grip, lens diameter) and 7 ounces total heavier, but they are effectively the same size in that neither are going to go in a jacket pocket.

    I love the idea of the GX1, especially the thought of a non-rattlesnaking PL25, but I think I use the IBIS enough in my E-P3 to miss not having that feature. If my willpower holds (stupid E-M5 positive reviews, user feedback and great images), I will wait it out for a new E-P5.
  14. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Good stuff! How did you find Moscow? I've never been to Russia.

  15. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    I think the E-M5 looks pretty pocketable after trying one out in person. It's literally sized between the E-P3 and E-PM1. It looks like a micro DSLR. The EVF hump is very low and I'm pretty sure I can stuff one in a big coat pocket quite easily.
  16. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA

    I totally agree that it does seem quite small in person. If you look at the measurements, though, it is deeper and taller than the E-P3. With my winter coat (sample size of 1, I know), I can barely squeeze in my E-P3 w/ Oly 12 or PL25 mounted. A E-M5 would not work for me there.

    What is compact and what is not, is a very personal and subjective thing. For me, especially because I don't really want/need to use a viewfinder, the E-P3 is my perfect compact carry option.
  17. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    Great set of photos!!! Love the punchy color treatment. Moscow is looking good!

    I've been tempted a few times by the GX1 too. But I've been way too enamored with shooting with a built-in OVF or EVF.

    For whatever reasons, I just never liked using the VF2 on the EP2/3, even though it is a great EVF.
  18. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Maybe it is the ergonomics and comfort of a good build-in EVF versus modular accessory version? Never really considered that... just chalked up my dislike of the VF-2 experience to feeling like I was looking through a periscope, removed from the scene.

    Armando, please send me your XPro1 and/or M9, so I can test this theory! :thumbup:
  19. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Great shots, and I liked the 3 versions of the same view. Very helpful. You live in Russia right?
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