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GF1 and that magical lens...?

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by theflyer, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. theflyer

    theflyer Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 14, 2011
    here's a question for those of you who use a GF1:

    which single lens have you used with this body which, more than any other, has allowed you to achieve those memorable - or signature - shots?

    obviously memorable here can be defined any number of ways but for this exercise, let's break it down into two pieces; 1) the GF1/lens combination that allows you to achieve the look that you're after, and 2) the GF1/lens combination that, when used together, achieves a kind of synchronicity where the sum is greater than the parts.

    i suspect the GF1/20 f1.7 pairing is going to be referenced lots under this subject, and for good reason. but i'm really interested in alternative combinations, unexpected combinations, that when used together, has allowed you to capture exceptional - and perhaps surprising - images.

    i know there's a massive GF1 image thread going on but i think this is very different. it might also be cool to share pictures that show off these magical GF1/lens combos.

    here are two of mine, shot on the GF1 with a jupiter 3 50/1.5:


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  2. 43hk

    43hk Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 26, 2010
    CV 58/1.4. Soft at f1.4, razor sharp at f8.
    The "it" factor with this lens is that the crop is intuitive, something about how the brain perceives an image and the camera captures it.

    Oh and it weighs a ton. :frown:


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  3. theflyer

    theflyer Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 14, 2011
    43, i really like your first shot.
    is the CV 58/1.4 a nikon mount?
  4. 43hk

    43hk Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 26, 2010
    Correct, it's SLII. CV Adapter as well.
  5. BlairMacKay

    BlairMacKay Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 8, 2010
    Calgary, Alberta
    Minolta 58mm f1.4

    I have been using a Minolta 58mm f1.4 recently and really enjoy it. It is sharp wide open and very bright. It is a great natural portrait lens and really fun in low light situations.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/blairmackay/5605966605/" title="Rob by blair.mackay, on Flickr"> 5605966605_3b86b30163_z. "640" height="480" alt="Rob"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/blairmackay/5606523686/" title="ciggy by blair.mackay, on Flickr"> 5606523686_bf46aea595_z. "640" height="480" alt="ciggy"></a>
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  6. greyelm

    greyelm Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 28, 2010
    I always find that my 1935 Leitz Summar 5cm f/2.0 gives that old style Leica look with my G1. (and my GF1)

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  7. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Though usually an "unsung hero", I find the 14-45 on the GF1 to be a magnificent pairing for a wide range of applications. To me the 14-45 is magical because it is so compact, so versatile, and so sharp. If I could only take one lens with me on m4/3, it would be the 14-45.

    The GF1 and 14-45 kit was my first entre to the m4/3 world and even with a GH2 and numerous other native and legacy lenses, I still find the GF1 and 14-45 a wonderfully versatile and sharp imaging combination.


    lens reversed




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  8. IIGQ4U

    IIGQ4U Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 22, 2011
    La Jolla CA
    Is the last photo HDR?
  9. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    That one had benefit of an Art Filter... it does have an HDRish look to it.
  10. brents

    brents Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 24, 2011
    Some really great pics in this thread - I have the 14-45mm kit lens and the 20mm 1.7 and I use each of them equally. If it's good light, a nice sunny day, i will use the 14-45mm kit lens as the image quality really is fantastic. Anytime leading up to sunset the 1.7 goes on and works it magic :) 

    what art filter is that last pic DHart?
  11. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    brents... I have well over a hundred or so various filters (called "presets") loaded into Lightroom, most I acquired at no cost by surfing the Lightroom Preset sites on the web, some I created, and some that I arrived at by tweaking downloaded presets. I just used a tweaked, home-brewed LR preset on this image. The look is achieved with Exposure -0.55, Recovery 15, Fill Light 55, Blacks 33; Tone Curve Highlights -25, Lights +26, Darks +58, Shadows -100; Presence Clarity +100, Vibrance -52, Saturation +27.

    Most of my presets I call ArtFilters, because essentially that's what they are, even though they're not in-camera. I prefer to do the ArtFilter thing in LR rather than in-camera because of the virtually limitless array of options and detailed variations that can be applied and tweaked to perfection on a RAW file, while still retaining all the original image data that the camera's sensor captured. The digital darkroom is a magical place where I love to play. :smile:
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