Hello from Indiana

travisennis

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Hello to all. I'm new to forum. Well, to be honest, I've been lurking since around Thanksgiving when I started researching for a new camera and finally decided on a GF-1 that I got with the 20mm pancake, but this is my first time posting. I haven't had a chance to really use the camera in anger yet, but it saw a good amount of use during the holidays for general snapshots and I've really enjoyed using it so far.

I don't have a lot eperience with photography. My first stint with it came about 6 or 7 years ago when I bought a film Canon Rebel that I enjoyed using but that I didn't use much as I just never seemed to carry it around with me. I then bought an Olympus Stylus with the fixed 35mm lens that was incredibly sharp and that I carried with me everywhere. Not long after that I bought a Yashica GSN that I loved. I took some pictures with that camera that I still like, which is saying something since I am a harsh critic of my own pictures.

However, I eventually fell away from the habit. I went back to grad school, got married, and had kids which resulted in a lack of time and money to devote to photography. Now five years later I'm taking up the habit again. The GF-1 seemed closest to my old Yashica. I think it is although there does seem to be something missing, but I'll leave that for another forum post.
 

travisennis

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Thanks for the welcome! I look forward to sharing some pictures and learning from the experience of the members of this forum.
 

travisennis

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Thanks for the welcome Herman and Colin. As for your question, Colin, I have to say I really love the GF-1. It's compact, but not too small. Yet, it has good amount of heft and feels solid in my hands. The controls and the interface were the biggest surprise. I had read that is where many thought the Panasonic excelled over the Olympus cameras, but in actual use the operation of the camera is even more intuitive than I expected. I'm still learning exactly how I would like the camera set up and I've yet to do much in terms of customization, but only having had the camera since around Christmas I can already operate it without glancing at what I'm doing too much.

The 20mm lens is outstanding. It's sharp and fast and I haven't yet used the flash, which is exactly what I was hoping for when I bought it. I like to manually focus lenses and I would say in that is the only thing that I've been a bit disappointed about; manual focus on the lens feels abstract and detached. It's doesn't have that tactile quality that I was hoping for, but the AF is fast and sure and I can't complain especially when using spot focusing.

Since I've acquired it, I've bought some accessories for it. I bought the LVF and for the purposes that I bought it for, using it in bright light or just shooting from eye-level, it has met my expectations. I'm already feeling the gear lust to buy more lenses but I keep telling myself to hold off. We will see how long that lasts. :)
 
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I like to manually focus lenses and I would say in that is the only thing that I've been a bit disappointed about; manual focus on the lens feels abstract and detached. It's doesn't have that tactile quality that I was hoping for, but the AF is fast and sure and I can't complain especially when using spot focusing.
'tis the same with all m4/3 and 4/3 lenses I'm afraid. Olympus has innovated a lot of great things but fly-by-wire manual focus perhaps wasn't their finest idea.
 

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