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Western Japan, a G5, 7-14, 12-35 and 35-100

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by arad85, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. arad85

    arad85 Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 16, 2012
    Just to prove I still actually use this camera...

    I have been away to Japan for the last 2 weeks on business. Being 6ft 8in tall, I only ever travel hand luggage (there is no way I can find clothes to fit easily if I turn up somewhere remote without any luggage) so I stuffed the G5, 7-14, 12-35 and 35-100, spare battery, card and charger into my small cameras bag which fitted inside my shoulder bag I use for work. If I was still on Canon gear, I wouldn't have taken a decent camera - it would have been too big.

    With a public holiday in the middle of the stay, I was able to do some travelling. I was staying in Osaka so bought a rail pass which enabled me to cover West Japan by Shinkansen (bullet train) easily. The following are some excerpts from the trip (yes, the ruined building is in Hirsohima - a totally moving and sobering day - visiting the museum there is a very emotional experience). Having used now used this setup on an extended trip (where I do most of my photography if I'm honest), I can say I am very, very happy with my move from full frame Canon to micro 4/3rds... Also, I am in love with the 35-100 - it is a beautiful lens with a wonderful rendition (the 3 portrait shots were done at the long end of the 35-100).

    DMC-G5    LUMIX G VARIO 12-35/F2.8    23mm    f/2.8    1/60s    ISO 200

    DMC-G5    LUMIX G VARIO 35-100/F2.8    100mm    f/2.8    1/200s    ISO 250

    DMC-G5    LUMIX G VARIO 7-14/F4.0    7mm    f/4.0    1/500s    ISO 160

    DMC-G5    LUMIX G VARIO 12-35/F2.8    13mm    f/7.1    1/250s    ISO 160

    DMC-G5    LUMIX G VARIO 35-100/F2.8    89mm    f/2.8    1/1600s    ISO 160

    DMC-G5    LUMIX G VARIO 35-100/F2.8    100mm    f/2.8    1/1600s    ISO 160

    DMC-G5    LUMIX G VARIO 12-35/F2.8    35mm    f/8.0    1/250s    ISO 160
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  2. Serhan

    Serhan Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 7, 2011
    Excellent photos. I liked the 35-100mm rendering in those shots too.

    Interesting that it is already cherry blossoms over there. We have to wait at least another month here for the big Cherry Blossoms festival in Washinton, DC.
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  3. arad85

    arad85 Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 16, 2012
    Thank you :smile: The portraits are all done with the 35-100 at the long end. We were fortunate to stumble on a traditional Japanese wedding (hence the pictures of a couple and the person dressed for the Kagura dance at Miyajima).

    That was in Fukuoka which is in the Southern island of Kyushu so it is fairly southerly as far as Japan is concerned. They were only just starting to come out - but that didn't stop the locals getting their cameras out... Here is a snap (hence the terrible composition - but allows you to see the tree state) of a guy with a Tamron 18-270 on what looked like a CF tripod and APS-C camera. He was taking (I assume) bracketed shots with a cable release and looked like he had a ND filter on the front.... Got to love the people to the right too.... I noticed people there with some seriously long lenses - blossom photography does seem to be a national sport there :) 

    DMC-G5    LUMIX G VARIO 7-14/F4.0    14mm    f/8.0    1/160s    ISO 160
  4. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Nice shots! I love Fukuoka, and plan on going back there in early April to catch the Cherry Blossom season.

    BTW, those are Plum Blossoms, which happens around Chinese New Year. Cherry Blossom (Sakura) doesn't bloom until Spring (late March - early April for Fukuoka).
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  5. monchan

    monchan Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 7, 2012
    Tottori City, Japan
    they are not cherry blossoms. they are plum. plum trees bloom before the cherry and are pink. there are some pink varieties of cherry, but they are a lot paler in color. still a bit of a wait for the cherry blossom season.
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  6. arad85

    arad85 Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 16, 2012
    Thanks for the info on plum/cherry blossoms - I didn't know. And thanks for the comments.
  7. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Love your shots, wish I had the 12-35/35-100 already :drinks::drinks::drinks:
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  8. monchan

    monchan Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 7, 2012
    Tottori City, Japan
    No worries, I used to think they were cherry blossoms too, until
    someone put me straight.
  9. mango

    mango Mu-43 Regular

    May 20, 2012
    Great shots! Love the places too, I use to travel Fukuoka with my Fuji X100 that had stuck aperture problem but still got a lot of nice pictures. .I would like to be there and Hagi again.
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