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Shooter needs help with G1.

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by Streetshooter, Feb 24, 2010.

  1. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Ok, I have the G1. I don't use it to often because I love the Pen1.
    I just picked a Konica 40 1.8 and the adapter.
    Whats the fastest bestest way to use manual focus?
    any other tips greatly appreciated....
    shooter
     
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  2. rst

    rst Mu-43 Regular

    109
    Jan 25, 2010
    Germany
    When using a manual focus lens I usually use the EVF and most of the times not even the manual focus help. It was surprising for me how well you can manual focus with the EVF. So my fastest way is to turn the focus ring :wink:

    Cheers
    rst
     
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  3. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Same here. I only use the EVF magnification for precise focus on static objects. Most of the time, I leave it unmagnified at all default settings and find that it works very well just looking through the normal EVF view.
     
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  4. hodad66

    hodad66 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    806
    Jan 27, 2010
    Indialantic, Florida
    That's three of us..... I never use focus magnification.
    The EV just seems to "pop" as focus is attained.

    with my eyes there is just no way that I could use
    one of those "pen" things...... :rofl:
     
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  5. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    That there is what I'm doing but...
    just in case...tell me if this is right or wrong...
    to actuivate mf assist...I hit the 4 way controller on the left button..then the center button..
    that's working but it seems awkward....
    praytell....
     
  6. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    That's it, and yes it's one more button press than one would hope, but when you get used to it, it's not so bad. The main problem is that it forces you to lose the overview of the frame. It would be better if just the bit in the center became magnified, or if that were an option.
     
  7. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Amin, yes I agree. I have to take my eye away from the finder to hit the button.
    But you guys are right, there's little need for the magnifier with the evf. Even in low light, with the 40mm 1.8...it's easy to get focus...
     
  8. ahuyevshi

    ahuyevshi Mu-43 Veteran

    454
    Feb 9, 2010
    Berkeley, CA
    Me too.. Unmagnified evf... When you magnify u also magnify your shaky hands.. Not fun.
     
  9. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Let me tell ya brother about shakey hands...
    That evf mag scared the heck outta me...
    All in all it ain't bad at all...
     
  10. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    One tip to bear in mind, to activate MF assist zoom you need to press the left arrow and then OK to zoom into the green box.

    You can do this in one action by rolling your thumb from left to right over the two buttons... It's surprisingly easy and worth practicing.

    Cheers

    Brian
     
  11. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Thanks Brian....
    I'm actually debating selling the G1 and getting a Pen 2. Only because I have the 1 and the IS....
    but it's working nice....and your right, the Hex 40 is a nice piece of glass
     
  12. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    What's the heaviest lens you use on your G1 Don? I find the grip shape is excellent for carrying a heavier lens... You can hold the camera quite securely by the grip.

    I can really see the sense for many people in matching this camera to the Lumix 14-140... especially if they like a wide ranging walkabout zoom.

    Cheers

    Brian
     
  13. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Brian,
    I use the 17 or the 14-45. I didn't want to start with my Leica glass...but did just get the Hex 40 as you know.
    My problem with the camera is the finder....I use 2 eyes to make images..comes from the "M" days. With the EVF, it's like an SLR to me...
    I'll get used to it but I'd really like to use adapted glass with the IS like the Pen...

    It's funny tho...for events, I use the G1 and very few frames with the Pen...it's a great work pony...
     
  14. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Don, do you ever use the G1's articulating display for street shooting, framing/focusing?

    Cheers

    Brian
     
  15. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France
    My views

    Now that the novelty has worn off, I now find that focusing with manual lenses is a pain.
    Hopefully Panasonic will improve the two button action and the operation of the wheel, (for magnification), when they update the model.
    It is too easy to press the wheel when you want to turn it.

    On a tripod it is better - but not totally satisfactory

    I wear glasses - so it is sometimes an on and off glasses situation

    With "wider" MF lenses I just use scale focusing and do not bother looking at the LCD.
    I have a few MF SLR longer lenses and hand held, using them is becoming an unpleasant experience.

    Obviously the answer is to buy the dedicated Panasonic longer lenses, but I do consider Pany lenses to be expensive, particularly at the wider end where the crop factor pushes them into a range, outside the likes of say, the Sigma 10 20 and similar Tamron, (which retail at only £400)...........if you see what I mean.

    (PS - I do get grumpy - sometimes)
     
  16. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Brian,
    Yes I use the screen like my Rollie's. For events's, it's indespensible.
    I really haven't given the G1 a chance on the street but I am committed to a 30 day adjustment program....

    Bill,
    I also love just using AF lenses. Hopefully very soon we will have dedicated glass and then I can forget all this adapter stuff...
    I, like you would like to see the price point lower than what we expect it to be...