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Trip report from Hungary

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by bchaplin, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. bchaplin

    bchaplin Mu-43 Rookie

    I just finished a 2 1/2 week trip around northeastern Hungary. It was a wonderful time & I took a bunch of pictures with my Panasonic GF1, which I'd bought with this trip in mind. A few observations:

    1. The 20mm pancake lens was perfect for almost everything.

    2. The camera itself, despite its small size, is a little on the heavy side. This was noticeable when I was carrying it all day, every day, and family members remarked on it too. However it was still lighter than carrying a DSLR.

    3. I took all my photos in RAW, and never deleted anything, so I was surprised that I never ran out of space on my 16GB card. I had a spare card ready but never had to use it. I guess I could have figured this out ahead of time with some basic math, but anyway it surprised me. I was sure I'd end up burning through my SD cards.

    4. The resolution on this camera is amazing. Part of my trip involved genealogical research and the pictures captured all the detail I needed from gravestones and plaques.

    If I had to do it all over I would take the GF1 again. Perhaps I would have left the 45mm lens home, and kept the 20mm and my other wide-angle.

    Some of my favorites from the many 100's I took:

    Budapest's Jewish quarter:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/chaplin/5744906291/" title="Jewish quarters by bchaplin, on Flickr"> 5744906291_d70c6b009a. "500" height="281" alt="Jewish quarters"></a>

    historic town of Eger, taken with my wide-angle:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/chaplin/5733425285/" title="BRC_GF1_P1030427 by bchaplin, on Flickr"> 5733425285_5f59c26b1b. "500" height="334" alt="BRC_GF1_P1030427"></a>

    beautiful ceiling on a synagogue in Budapest:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/chaplin/5745553510/" title="Rumbach Street Synagogue, 2 by bchaplin, on Flickr"> 5745553510_2309ee81e0. "500" height="334" alt="Rumbach Street Synagogue, 2"></a>

    clever graffiti in Budapest:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/chaplin/5744895551/" title="2011-136: Clever graffiti we saw in Budapest by bchaplin, on Flickr"> 5744895551_1bd5da63f5. "281" height="500" alt="2011-136: Clever graffiti we saw in Budapest"></a>

    walking the streets of the town of Szecseny, where my great-grandmother was born:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/chaplin/5757492404/" title="2011-142: Szecseny by bchaplin, on Flickr"> 5757492404_b916fed22c. "500" height="334" alt="2011-142: Szecseny"></a>

    viewing Budapest from atop the "Citadel":
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/chaplin/5741182162/" title="BRC_GF1_P1030299 by bchaplin, on Flickr"> 5741182162_d1fe3e5ccb. "500" height="334" alt="BRC_GF1_P1030299"></a>

    last day, last espresso:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/chaplin/5795203744/" title="First tiny cup of coffee of the day by bchaplin, on Flickr"> 5795203744_d8e06b68ed. "500" height="375" alt="First tiny cup of coffee of the day"></a>
     
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  2. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
  3. bchaplin

    bchaplin Mu-43 Rookie

    Sure did! Though my pictures from there weren't very good, so I didn't post most of them.
    Looks like you had a great trip as well. It's a wonderful place to visit.
    Beth
     
  4. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    My last job had a plant up in Vac, I went several times, even learned a little Hungarian!
     
  5. bchaplin

    bchaplin Mu-43 Rookie

    I'm jealous! How great would it be to have a job that took me to Europe!
    I found Hungarian to be a difficult but fun language. My family all worked on learning a few words before we left and it helped us a lot.
    Beth
     
  6. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Northumberland
    BanĨksi?
    5744895551_1bd5da63f5.
     
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  7. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Yes, Hungarian is crazy difficult!

    There was a free podcast on iTunes that will teach you a little bit, however, you need to practice with a native speaker, as getting the accent always on the first syllable is hard for English-speakers!

    The first time I went, I did not know any, and I vowed to learn some before the second time, but my pronunciation was so bad, they actually asked me to stop butchering their language. I focused on the diction, and the next time, they were all very surprised, asking "Your accent - it is gone! You sound like a real Hungarian!" It was actually good enough to get me in some trouble, as I would answer simple questions, or ask to see items in the store in Hungarian, and they would be convinced enough to fire back speaking very quickly, and I would have to say "csak ej kitchet bezelek magyarlol!" (I only speak a little Hungarian!)
     
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