Little Havana

Recently, I decided to leave my Nikon D80 kit aside, well actually, its gone, gone with the wind. A couple of weeks ago, I had gone to Metro Zoo and I generally had a great time shooting alonside my 18-105mm lens except for one fact. After 3.5 hours of straight shooting my hand literally felt like I had axed down a redwood.

I remember voicing my concerns to my brother, a diehard Nikonian, who could not really relate. Nonetheless, at that time I knew I had to shoot with something else. Plus, I have to say that ever since acquiring the Ricoh GRD III, the Nikon kit had not seen much action, again not because of the IQ but because its a bulky setup and quite honestly, very tedious to carry and spend time with me, again, at least for yours truly.

"Little Havana" Lumix G1 + Hexanon 28mm


So the question, now is, what do I switch to. I don’t really like the term “switching” as it implies a certain level of jumping around things haphazardly, and that’s not the case whatsoever.

I began analyzing my style of shooting and the things I like to photograph and my choice was quite evident after arriving at those conclusions – m4/3.

Now that the decision had been made, I made a rubric and wrote down the things I absolutely need for the said style of photography – street photography.

1. Comparable IQ to a full blown APS-C sensor
2. Relative speed of autofocus
3. Size, size, size
4. A competent viewfinder
5. Lens choices
6. An articulated screen for those hard to get shots

So with these aforementioned criteria I began to research and that search led me to the Panasonic G1(I should have started with the G2,G3 but I had read it had a touch sensitive menu style which I later found out could be turn off, silly me).

As an extra bonus which I had not really thought about were the use of legacy lenses which I would be able to use and boy, what a sweet surprise it has been.

Anyway, this is my first frame with the Panasonic G1 and the famous Hexanon 28mm. How did I do it? I used a hyperfocal setup and with the aid of the zoom to manual focus, basically set my aperture to f/5.6 and began my photowalk as usual. I must say I very very happy with this setup. So happy, that I’m even considering acquiring an Oly E-P2 or one of the Pens so that all images have the same consistant IQ across whether its Panny or Oly. In the end, the camera is just a tool to create but I’m a firm believer that I must feel totally, 100% at comfortable with such a tool.

Thanks for reading.

22 thoughts on “Little Havana

  1. Excellent composition. The reflection of the car in the window is a great touch. The viewer looks at the subject seated on the steps and then the second level becomes apparent as we realise what he is observing on the street.

  2. [http://www.flickr.com/photos/dangoorevitch] Thanks Dan.

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/jgredline] Thank you sir, it was just there I just grab it lol.

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/jayt74] Thanks Jay, magical apps no doubt.

  3. Its unbelievable how awesome the Lumix G series digicams are with manual focusing, its truly delightful. So much, that I today I received my Olympus 17mm f/2.8 and I liked focus with the Hexanon way better.

    I won’t pass judgement so soon, as I have yet to try the Oly on the field but I do know it comes highly regarded for its great FOV at 35mm.

  4. [http://www.flickr.com/photos/simonwallerstedt] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/37947599@N05] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/jlcernadas] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/jotaemebede] Thanks for your kind words.

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/jordipj] En verdad que es tremendo barrio, muy colorido y verdaderamente un mina para street photography

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/aizatk] You’ll love it, I do 🙂

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/no1nos] thanks I appreciate it.

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/slorenzi] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/oakt] Thanks guys

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/frowert] muy agradecido por tus palabras.

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/geoffmahood] Thanks Geoff

  5. I’m in the same boat as you are..I’m switching to m4/3 soon from a Canon DSLR world. I tried street photography with a DSLR and it just not feel right. I’m using Lumix LX5 now and it has bring wonders to me 🙂

  6. Gran foto Jorge, me quedo siempre sorprendido con tus decisiones de disparos fotagraficos y sus posterior post-producción. Te ha quedado genial, comentas que es Little Habana de Miami, yo he estado en dos ocasiones en este barrio, me resulto curioso e interesante pero me provoco una ligera tristeza. Hasta luego y saludos desde Barcelona.

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