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gf1 not so fun outside

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by back alley, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. back alley

    back alley Mu-43 Regular

    119
    Feb 21, 2010
    it's hard to see the scene on the lcd screen when shooting outside.

    today was my first opportunity to play outside with my gf1 and it was a bit frustrating.
    it's great inside, though it's gonna take me a bit of practice time to acclimate to no finder but shooting on the street was anything but quick.

    hhhmmmm...
     
  2. steve

    steve Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 18, 2010
    Havertown, PA
    Get the EVF. It really helps in bright sunlight.



     
  3. hodad66

    hodad66 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    806
    Jan 27, 2010
    Indialantic, Florida
    Living in the bright sun of Florida... I just knew the
    G1 was the right answer, never been sorry.
     
  4. back alley

    back alley Mu-43 Regular

    119
    Feb 21, 2010
    i was hoping not to.
    the idea being small and light as possible.
     
  5. back alley

    back alley Mu-43 Regular

    119
    Feb 21, 2010
    happy with my g1 also, they got it right the first time...unusual...
     
  6. Pelao

    Pelao Mu-43 Top Veteran

    959
    Feb 3, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    There is no doubt that bright light can make LCD shooting a challenge - common to most cameras. My experience has been that the GF1 is better than some, but still very frustrating. The EVF is a nice solution, though I added it more because I prefer to shoot with the camera to my eye.
     
  7. hodad66

    hodad66 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    806
    Jan 27, 2010
    Indialantic, Florida
    I loved the images from my LX3 but sold it because
    of the reliance upon the LCD
     
  8. back alley

    back alley Mu-43 Regular

    119
    Feb 21, 2010
    i might get a cv 40 finder and keep things simple.
     
  9. grebeman

    grebeman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    I've been using the voigtlander 40 mm finder on the GF-1 with the 20 mm lens and found them to be an excellent combination. Have just added a G-1 body to my outfit to cover macro and tele lens tasks.
    Barrie
     
  10. noodlehaus

    noodlehaus Mu-43 Veteran

    202
    Feb 14, 2010
    You might also want to see the LCD hoods available for the GF1. Here's one I found in ebay:

    LCD Hood for the GF1
     
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  11. Jake

    Jake Mu-43 Regular

    31
    Mar 12, 2010
    N.W U.K
    I think i will be picking one of these up. Thanks noodlehaus for the link.
     
  12. cstevens

    cstevens Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 11, 2010
    UK
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  13. babaimage

    babaimage Mu-43 Rookie

    17
    Jan 27, 2010
    Kyushu
    Both look identical
     
  14. grebeman

    grebeman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    Many thanks for this link, have just ordered one, pity they fit into the hotshoe rather than say the tripod screw, never mind might be able to mod things somehow.
    Purchase from HK last Sunday arrived yesterday (Saturday) which I thought was excellent service
     
  15. Herman

    Herman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 7, 2010
    The Netherlands
    I would suggest to sell the GF1 and buy a G2 or G10.
    EVF inclusive. What you think?
     
  16. back alley

    back alley Mu-43 Regular

    119
    Feb 21, 2010
    i think i have a g1 which is great and that i will be keeping.

    not sure about the hood, seems an inelegant solution.
     
  17. noodlehaus

    noodlehaus Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 14, 2010
  18. grum

    grum Mu-43 Regular

    104
    Apr 2, 2010
    I've got a clearviewer which works reasonably well

    http://www.clearviewer.com/

    Probably would have gone for that hood if I'd have known as it's very cheap. Hopefully they will bring out a better EVF.
     
  19. grebeman

    grebeman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    I have fitted one of these to my GF1 with certain modifications. I have fitted a further old accessory shoe (from an old Mamiya Press camera) on top of the shade where it slots into the Panasonic GF1 hot shoe so that I can continue to use an optical viewfinder and also I have made a small bracket fashioned from some much cut down aluminium angle to hold the bottom of the frame tight to the body since it would try and spring away when flipping open the lid. This clip is trapped by a quick release shoe which is screwed to the camera tripod shoe through a hole drilled in the clip. The upturned edge of the clip can be seen between the Cullman quick release platform and the bottom of the camera.
    Permanently in place it provides a screen protector when closed as well as the shading when open and in use, although the almost permanent lack of sunshine in this part of the UK for the several last few days has meant I have been unable to test it's shading action. :frown:

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