The Fortnightly Review 3 — 2011

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.

18 thoughts on “The Fortnightly Review 3 — 2011

  1. There is a fever for new toys as part of our societies, in doesn´t matter if you live in the States or Burundi, there is nothing like the top new gadget, you can count on me over this of course with the limitations of living in Cuba, but at least i keep myself informed.

    But after reading your passion for this new Panasonic evil (micro 4/3) and most of it after looking, debrief your images i found in love deeply with your work. It doesn´t matter how small or big your sensor will be, there is always a heart behind the lens, the truly passion of an artist and the knowledge to put into practice.

    Is always a pleasure to look at your photo-stream and read your stories.

    1. Rey, thank you so much for your words but yes, the more I shoot the more I realize the camera is secondary to the end goal. Gracias hermano !!

  2. Thanks Smaccs & Stephen, I had the same idea when I snapped this frame, its rather odd looking character indeed.

    Thanks Geoff, a double ah, we all have one out there.

    Gracias Jordi, ahi mismo fue la foto, bien cerca de Bayside por el lado del Intercontinental Hotel que esta adjacente a Bayside. Un abrazo.

  3. Preciosa composición, me gusta el angulo y diagonal que le has dado a esta preciosa captura fotografica, el B&W y este ligero viñeteado es realmente precioso. Esta foto me ha recordado cuando estuve en Downtown Miami, fue uno de los dos hoteles donde me aloje, estuve en la ultimo piso y tiene unas vistas impresionantes, un abrazo.

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