Archimedes once said, “Give me a lever and a long enough fulcrum which to place it and I shall move the world.” And that’s exactly how I feel about the Panasonic GF1. Forthcoming is not a review of the GF1 but just some sentiments that are ruminating upstairs.
Call me a fan boy or an extreme enthusiast it really does not matter to me, as only those who have handled this classic piece of equipment can attest to which is perfectly affordable for a few hundred dollars.
The GF1 is a very unassuming micro four thirds camera. As you well know, its an interchangeable lens camera and its here where it excels. It has just the right mix of technology (speedy autofocus, great camera controls for ISO, WB, Metering, etc. ) with an ever greater sense of classic camera. I have mine coupled with the Olympus VF1 and the Olympus 17mm f/2.8 (~35mm FOV) pancake and this triumvirate makes for a quite stealthy kit.
I can almost hear your thoughts “why don’t you have the Panny 20mm f/1.7” lol, I know its coming but the point of the matter is that as photographer we simply must learn to work with the gear that we have in our hands and work within those limitations.
I don’t like the term limitations, I would rather use ‘adaptation’, after all the 17mm f/2.8 is quite a capable lens but sometimes we get caught up in the speed of things. Don’t let your current gear dictate your creativity. Creativity is all around you.
I’m looking forward to acquiring the Panasonic LVF1 as I think it will be a great addition to my kit due to the fact that I sometimes (roughly about 50% of the time) like to shoot with manual lenses. Once you get use to viewing through a viewfinder the LCD simply does not match up well, at least for me though.
Talking about manual lenses I highly recommend the Olympus OM series. I have the 50mm f/1.8 and focusing with this legendary piece of glass is simply a joy that needs to be experienced. I’m also on the hunt for a good copy of an Olympus OM Zuiko manual focus 28mm f/2.8 or f/3.5 and although I’ve numerous online reports that the 28mm is not such a legend, for me that does not matter. Donations are accepted if you have one laying around and its just there then I would gladly give it a new home.
I really enjoy these series as it gives me a chance to shoot outside the box and create with no limitations just pure photography. See you next time.