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My G5, one year later

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by kingduct, Oct 20, 2014.

  1. kingduct

    kingduct Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 12, 2013
    Back in early 2012, I got an Olympus E-PL1, the first serious camera I had had since the film days. For a year and a half I happily focused slowly and enjoyed the beautiful jpegs it produced. Then, two things happened in the middle of 2013:
    -I decided it was time to try using Lightroom and working with RAW images.
    -I was visiting family in South America and a cousin basically begged me to sell her the E-PL1, because cameras are so expensive there.

    Anyway, I reluctantly sold the E-PL1 and when I came back to the US, I started keeping my eyes open for a new camera, with a terrible case of GAS. I had my eyes open on Olympus deals, but somehow I just missed each bargain that came up. Then, last September I found the Panasonic G5 listed for $400 with the kit 14-42mm and the 45-140mm lenses. I couldn't hold back any longer and bought, even though I knew the G5 wouldn't be as good as the Olympus models in terms of jpegs and image stabilization.

    Combine those deficiencies with my Lightroom learning curve and I was not a happy camper at first. Indeed, if you go back to my posts from a year ago (https://www.mu-43.com/showthread.php?t=53946), you can see how sad I was:
    The thing is, I still just don't have the warm feelings about the photos I'm getting out of the G5. I'm not sure if it's just psychological or not. I do know that the sensor should be somewhat better than the old camera's, but the pictures don't seem as nice as the E-PL1's, especially at low light. I'm also not as excited about the colors, even after getting the Huelight profile.
    But eventually, the Mu-43 community helped me out and I also figured out some stuff for myself. I got the Huelight color pack, which helped, but the real key for the general look of the images for me came after Yehuda, a friendly user here, shared me the default presets he uses for his G5 (https://www.mu-43.com/showthread.php?t=54344). Yehuda -- it looks like you haven't been on here in a while, but I've loved these presets you shared and appreciate the time you took to explain how to set them up! I've used them for practically all of my photos in the last year, making just minor tweaks otherwise.

    Anyway, nowadays I still wish I had a camera with image stabilization, but I love my G5 with its Sigma companion lenses and the 45-150mm and won't move on from it until there's a significantly better m4/3 camera. Here's a sampling of shots I've liked from the last year (most of my favorites are family photos from the Sigma 30mm and I haven't included them here):

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    (Panasonic 45-150@57mm)

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    (Sigma 19mm)

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    (Sigma 19mm)

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    (Rokkor 50/1.4)

    The camera in action:
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    (Sigma 19mm)

    Thank you G5. you're the best!

    And thank you community, for helping me establish my bond with my camera and learn how to take better pictures.
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  2. yehuda

    yehuda Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 14, 2013
    Thanks for your kind words :blush:.
    Glad it helped.
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