Have Taken The Plunge...

Discussion in 'Welcomes and introductions' started by AlanT, Feb 8, 2010.

  1. AlanT

    AlanT Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 8, 2010
    Perth, Scotland
    Hi folks,

    I've been reading some of the threads here with interest and I've now finally went and sold my Canon 50D + lenses and bought a nice red GF1 with 20mm pancake and the 14-45mm zoom.

    What a difference! So small, light, and much more enjoyable to use. I've only had it for a day but I'm sure this is the camera for me.

    I'm a keen hillwalker and wanted a decent camera to record the amazing vistas that I witness, so an SLR was the only way to go. In 2006 I went digital and bought a 20D, then upgraded to the 50D last year. Great cameras but I was getting tired lugging around ~1.5kg (minimum) of camera gear so when I saw the EP-1 and GF1 I thought it might be time for a change. I also have a 5 month old daughter and wanted something a bit more portable that can also do video recording.

    Anyway, I thought I'd say hello and I hope I can contribute a little here.

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  2. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France

    another joins the M4/3 "admiration society"

    You'll find the UK active a little earlier than "the colonies" - who seems to be about 5 hours behind most things, ( waiting for response!)
  3. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Welcome to the forum Alan, you'll find the GF1 a perfect companion for hillwalking... I took my E-P1 + 20mm f1.7 out yesterday, didn't use it but didn't notice carrying it either!

    Please share some images as you get going.


  4. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    Welcome AlanT and congratulations on the new freedom of :43:!:biggrin:

    The "colonies" have been awake for awhile now. :wink:
  5. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    And Bill thinks we are the colonies.......he he
  6. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    I know...he's such a throwback isn't he, but endearing.:wink:
  7. cosinaphile

    cosinaphile Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    new york city
    from billnuks avatar, id sat hes only trying to "raise caine"

    in my humble opinion brother were actually graced with a 19 hour jump on ya

    i guess it depends on which way your facing
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  8. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France
    We have always had to humour you all

    "Many a good argument is spoiled by some fool who knows what he is talking about"
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  9. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France
    somehow repeated

    note to me - don't click twice
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  10. thearne3

    thearne3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 28, 2010
    Redding, CT USA
    Add my welcome as well, Alan.

    A very nice community here. The more the merrier!

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  11. deckitout

    deckitout Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 28, 2010
    Essex UK
    Welcome Alan

    Many of us here invested in M4/3 after lugging weighty DSLR systems around.

    I was carting about a D700 with two hefty 2.8 lenses, my EP2 is a godsend.

    This is a fine forum with lot's of friendly help.....enjoy

  12. Razer

    Razer Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 1, 2010
    Welcome Alan i pretty much do the same as you, & found lugging a DSLR around up in the hills to be a pain.

    I recently let all my DSLR kit go for the G1.

    Couldn't be happier & have no regrets at all about letting all my kit go.
  13. JimNYUK

    JimNYUK Mu-43 Rookie

    Feb 4, 2010
    North Yorkshire, UK
    Welome Alan, I'm new here myself.

    I'm glad to see that you got the GF1, you're going to need the faster AF to keep up with your daughter as she grows. I have the Olympus EP-2 and although I am entirely pleased with it, I found it impossible to focus on my 3 nieces and a nephew this last weekend.

    I am sure you will find this forum entertaining as well as informational.
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  14. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    Welcome Alan,

    You will I am sure find this site welcoming, helpful and moderated in a sensible fashion.

    Everyone I have dealt with has been responsive and constructive in their feedback and I have picked up a lot of tips from the members.

    I like you have moved from lugging a heavy DSLR kit to a small rangefinder and GF1 and my wife says I have grown 2" (now steady on there with those minds)!

    Wecome and enjoy the family,
  15. klythawk

    klythawk Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 28, 2010
    Nottingham U.K.
    Real Name:
    Welcome Alan, i'm sure you will enjoy your stay here. :2thumbs:

    I would also like to thank the other posters who have ditched their dSLR's in favour of the micro 4/3rds. You have reassured me that i made the right decision in opting for G1/GF1 against the bigger and heavier dSLR'S. Apart from a couple of compacts, this is my first venture into photography, got a lot to learn. :wink:

  16. Bullfrog

    Bullfrog Mu-43 Top Veteran