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Couples at DisneySea with the Panasonic G1

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If you’ve followed my blog, you know that I’ve been “playing” with a Panasonic G1 for four months.  I bought the G1 and the Leica M-mount adapter to use with my Leica lenses.  The results with the Leica lenses, at least the wide angles, have been less than stellar, what with poor resolution away from the center of the image.  And with the 2X crop factor, wide angles lenses became less than wide angle.  Check out my other postings for impressions and photos taken with the Leica M-mount lenses.

However, the Lumix 14-45mm and 45-200mm zoom lenses on the G1 have performed in good fashion.  In color images, I found the sensor (and lenses) to produce rich color images although the lenses were not the sharpest at the wider apertures.  I also found the focus lock to be quick and accurate.  When you combine that with a compact design that’s easy to carry, you have a winner.

This series of photos were taken in a span of one hour.  They were converted to black and white using Nik Silver Efex Pro and Aperture 2.





Written by leolaksi

May 8, 2009 at 7:01 am

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  1. Thanks for the update. How have the results been with longer focal length Leica lenses and at what focal length do you think the G1 is acceptable with Leica lenses?


    May 8, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    • Steve, 50mm and longer seem to be ok. I’ve tried both the Noctilux and the Summicron. Of course with the G1 2x cropping factor you now have a 100mm lens. I found the 90mm Summicron to be exceptional on the G1. I posted some photos taken with the 50mm and 90mm Leica lens a couple of months ago and found the resolution to be good. A tad soft on the edges but nevertheless very good. Leo


      May 8, 2009 at 9:41 pm

  2. Thanks Leo. How hard/easy is it to focus the 90 on the G1 versus on the M8.

    (by the way, love your blog!)


    May 8, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    • Thanks Steve. It’s not difficult to focus the 90 using the “magnify” focus feature. Just push the right button on the control pad and the view is magnified. There can be a bit of viewfinder “jitter” as image stabilization is inoperable with the manual lenses. But not difficult to overcome. Leo


      May 8, 2009 at 9:48 pm

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