Hello from Midlothian, Virginia

Discussion in 'Welcomes and introductions' started by Narnian, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Real Name:
    Richard Elliott
    Just bought myself a Lumix GF1 with the kit 14-45 lens and 45-200 lens and am looking forward to using it.

    I used to be deep into photography over 25 years ago (medium format mostly with my favorite a Horseman 985). I also bought and sold camera equipment and have owned most brands at one time or another. But 25 years ago I sold my darkroom for a newfangled computer that changed my life and career. Since then I have mostly shot snapshots using several Pentax bodies and eventually a Lumix superzoom. But now that the kids are grown I want to get back into more serious shooting and on the 35mm side I liked small cameras (hence Pentax). The GF1 reminds me of my old Minolta CLe for some reason. And I have always like Leica designed glass.

    My only complaints so far:

    1. Why does it have a 52mm filter thread while I am well stocked in 49mm?
    2. I wish the the 7-14mm didn't cost so much.

    Surprises:

    1. Works well with my old Sunpack flash (surprised the Sunpack works after almost 10+ years of disuse).
    2. How well it works one-handed.

    Plans:

    1. Get the 20/1.7
    2. Get adapters for my 300mm mirror and 500mm for wildlife
    3. Save pennies for the 7-14mm zoom

    I like what I have seen from rummaging around in the forum and hope to become an active participant.
     
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  2. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus Charter Member

    Welcome to the land of mu-43.com, Narnian! I got a real kick out of your first complaint in particular.:biggrin:

    Congratulations upon your GF1, and I'll be looking forward to your involvement across the forums - and to your photos, too. Glad to have you here!
     
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  3. bilzmale

    bilzmale Mu-43 All-Pro

    Hello and welcome Narnian.
     
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  4. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Real Name:
    Richard Elliott
    The new Pentax DSLRs use 52mm as the default for some reason - it was actually a factor (albeit small) in my decision making process. My Pentax lenses from 24mm to the 80-200 zoom all use 49mm filters. My other lenses have a diverse filter sizes up to 72mm but I have few up to that range.

    When I used to use field and large format cameras I had those Tiffin gel filters - always fun to put on 35mm.

    It falls under annoyance :wink:

    Luckily I will not need them as much in the digital environment but there are a few I still would like to use.
     
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  5. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Real Name:
    Richard Elliott
    Thank you! I have made a few friends from Australia on other forums.
     
  6. dko22

    dko22 Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 26, 2010
    Stuttgart, Germany
    Well, welcome to a fellow Midlothianer! I had no idea that there was another Midlothian outside Scotland. I'm also trying to work out how to afford the 7-14. Nikon to go Nikon not to go....

    David
     
  7. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Real Name:
    Richard Elliott
  8. deirdre

    deirdre Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 9, 2010
    Welcome!

    Just so you're warned in advance, the 20mm has a filter size of 46mm. So everything you have is halfway between the two.
     
  9. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Real Name:
    Richard Elliott
    Ah, but I have a 49mm->46mm step down ring! ;)

    Step-up rings are rare and sometimes cause vignetting. I have a couple but I forget what size they are.

    Though apart from a polarizing filter I can probably recreate 90%+ of what I used filters for in the camera and software.
     
  10. Herman

    Herman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 7, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Hello and welcome here ! I like your avatar cause I'm a cat lover.
     
  11. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Real Name:
    Richard Elliott
    She was a tiger cub born to a white tiger at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. "Ralph" was named after the director of the Smithsonian (Before she was sexed). She was a normal orange/yellow color.

    The pic was taken with a Canon FTb back in 1972 or 1973.
     
  12. deirdre

    deirdre Mu-43 Top Veteran

    661
    Aug 9, 2010
    Ahh, yes, I already have step-up rings as I bought my filters in 52mm even though the pancake is 46mm. I knew that I'd be getting other lenses.