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Cityscapes: A few from a Micro Four Thirds camera not by Olympus + thoughts

The heresy! I even include a bit of camera geekery, so consider yourselves warned. I'll post here, for now, as I have plenty of photos to show. Ok, here's a few picks form the GM1, SOOC JPEG with contrast adjustments. I'll include a few quick thoughts, as I go along.

You've all seen this scene from me, before. Panasonic has long been known for the quality of its in camera monochrome (though Olympus has pretty much caught up, IMHO).

JPEG Saturday 04
by Jason Hindle, on Flickr

JPEG Saturday 22
by Jason Hindle, on Flickr

The level gauge is more usable than that provided by Olympus (you line everything up in the centre of the frame, not the bottom and left edge), so I'm getting more photos where I don't need to correct verticals. That said, for me, I'm finding it better to use the rear screen, rather than the EVF, on my E-P5.

070615-017
by Jason Hindle, on Flickr

From the JPEG engine, the colours are lovely. Not as nice as I get from my E-P5, but compared to previous Panasonics I've owned, I'm liking this. The iResolution setting does a subtle edge sharpening - other than adding clarity in Lightroom, I felt no need for further sharpening.

070615-018
by Jason Hindle, on Flickr

However, even without dynamic range expansion (iDynamic), there's certainly a little more noise in the the shadows. If you need clean shadows, there is usually adequate headroom, in the highlights, to shoot raw and expose to the right (I'll post some raw conversions later). Subjectively, I'd say the sensor isn't as advanced as that used in the Olympus bodies.

070615-015
by Jason Hindle, on Flickr

070615-009
by Jason Hindle, on Flickr

Next steps? I'm told that Olympus lenses work more nicely on Panasonic bodies than do Panasonic lenses on Olympus bodies. I'm really looking forward to trying this with the 25mm 1.8 and 45mm 1.8.

Overall opinion? This is a camera that go places where my wonderful E-P5 can't (especially on hand-luggage constrained business trips), but overall I prefer the Olympus approach (i.e. the overall package).
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Re: Cityscapes: A few from a Micro Four Thirds camera not by Olympus + thoughts

Like the red building in the last shot! A bobby-dazzler, to be sure. Is this Manchester?
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Re: Cityscapes: A few from a Micro Four Thirds camera not by Olympus + thoughts

Which Panasonic body was this? The shots look excellent. Don't forget you'll lose IBIS if you are using O lenses on the P body (unless they now have IBIS) But I doubt it'll be a problem with the lenses you list
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Re: Cityscapes: A few from a Micro Four Thirds camera not by Olympus + thoughts

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Like the red building in the last shot! A bobby-dazzler, to be sure. Is this Manchester?
Yes, this is Manchester. You're looking at the First Street development. I think that's either an office building, or super expensive apartments. The black building, behind it, is Home, the replacement venue for what was the Cornerhouse cinema, on Oxford Road. It features a cinema, theater and gallery.
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Which Panasonic body was this? The shots look excellent. Don't forget you'll lose IBIS if you are using O lenses on the P body (unless they now have IBIS) But I doubt it'll be a problem with the lenses you list
I bought a Panasonic GM1, and it's 12-32 kit lens, from the Panasonic refurb store on eBay. I'm liking it, though I think I need to get a little sticker, for the 12-32, with "My other lens is a 12-40," on it....
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Re: Cityscapes: A few from a Micro Four Thirds camera not by Olympus + thoughts

Cracking camera Jason, does the business that's for sure. I've noticed the price of the GM1 in recent times, and the refurbs are so affordable it would be madness not to bite.
I have a GM5 (bought with a 15mm/f1.7) which is virtually identical, apart from the EVF and a few tweaks here and there. Cracking cameras, no excuse to leave home empty handed, that's the way I look at it.
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Cracking camera Jason, does the business that's for sure. I've noticed the price of the GM1 in recent times, and the refurbs are so affordable it would be madness not to bite.
I have a GM5 (bought with a 15mm/f1.7) which is virtually identical, apart from the EVF and a few tweaks here and there. Cracking cameras, no excuse to leave home empty handed, that's the way I look at it.
That Leica 15mm f1.7 is tempting - goes for less than 300 on eBay.
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Re: Cityscapes: A few from a Micro Four Thirds camera not by Olympus + thoughts

It is indeed, I think mine's welded to the GM5! In the right hands it can produce some cracking images. Apart from that it has an aperture ring with click stops, great on the GM5 in manual mode or Av as you can imagine. It would be equally at home on the GM1, I'm sure.
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Re: Cityscapes: A few from a Micro Four Thirds camera not by Olympus + thoughts

Cracking pictures Jason. I was considering a GM5 and I'm guessing the image quality would be the same so I wouldn't have been dissapointed. (In the end I went for the E-PM2 as the overall package size was not too much bigger - especially depth - and I preferred the handling).
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Re: Cityscapes: A few from a Micro Four Thirds camera not by Olympus + thoughts

Impressive set of images Jason
These wee Pannys can certainly pack a punch

My first foray into M4/3 was with LUMIX GX1 & G5
Both excellent cameras.
My family bought me a Canon EOS M for Christmas so decided to keep that and ditch the LUMIXs

I must admit to be tempted by the GM1 or 5 but will most likely go for the EOS M3

Thanks for sharing your images and findings s

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Re: Cityscapes: A few from a Micro Four Thirds camera not by Olympus + thoughts

Very nice cityscapes indeed!
Good framing and great colour.
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Nice photos, shame about the brand!
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Re: Cityscapes: A few from a Micro Four Thirds camera not by Olympus + thoughts

Yes nothing worng with those images, I have a G6 as a spare body which is very usable.
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