Jake, May 2014.
Rain water on our patio table.
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How are the photos, does the GF1 work well with such a pure manual lens?
Surprisingly well. You need to toggle on a “take pictures with no lens” option buried deep in the settings, otherwise the camera freaks out and refuses to power up. And of course you need to shoot everything in M mode. The thumb dial then controls the shutter speed only, as the lens has a physical aperture ring. Because the sensor is always active on a micro four thirds camera, unlike a DSLR, you get live exposure previewing at all times. So the process is: set the aperture ring, compose the shot, focus the lens, then adjust shutter speed until the exposure indicator is wherever you want it to be.
The only slightly bothersome part is that the manual focus is tricky to judge with the screen not zoomed in, and the trick the GF1 one normally does of zooming the screen a long way in as soon as you touch the focus dial doesn’t work on the manual lens. So I have tapping the thumb dial set to toggle that zoomed focus view on and off instead. It’s just one extra step.
I think I paid around $40 for the lens in that picture, plus another $15 or so for the Leica mount adapter. Here’s a few pics on my flickr using the Jupiter 8 50mm f/2 lens. I have a number more of SF, taken this weekend, but I haven’t processed any of them yet.
Michael Wolf takes stunning photographs of dense high-rise housing in Hong Kong. They are all of this style — symmetric, oppressive compositions of seemingly endless buildings and walls and windows, with nary a glimpse of sky or land, hypnotic in the sheer mass of humanity they represent. There’s more at Architecture Of Density.
As you may know, Tumblr’s very own Rachel came to stay with Danielle and I last week, and we had a great time showing her our humble little corner of Wales and England. It’s always great fun to have out-of-towners (or even, as in this case, out-of-countriers) visit because you get to do the tourist things you might not otherwise think to do in your own town. Naturally I carried my cameras around and shot (I think) a few good pictures. These are my favourites. You can see a few more on flickr, if you like these ones.
Walking the dogs this morning, I eschewed my DSLR and took my Panasonic GF1 camera instead.
A few years back, I picked up an old Russian made lens on eBay on a whim (a 1970s-era Jupiter 8, 50 mm f/2) but as you can only use it in pure manual mode on the camera I found it clumsy at the time. I’m a bit more clued up on photography now, though. so I dug the Jupiter back out and took some shots today. I’m pretty pleased with how both of these turned out. I certainly cannot fault the lens for sharpness, it’s resolved the dew drops on the daffodil really nicely.