a little bit of everything…


Rolling shutter comparison, Sony Nex FS100 vs Canon 5D mark II vs Panasonic Lumix GH2 @ identical panning speed, shutter roll, jello effect

Olympus XZ-1 versus Pentax Q image comparison at RiceHigh.

And now a gallery published here in NZ today – all pics in the gallery shot with the GH1: See them at nzherald.co.nz.

Amos Chapple contacted me to share the following news:  “Recently my UK agent Rex Features distributed some images from a trip of mine to the living bridges of northeast India – all the pictures were shot with a Lumix GH1. The pictures have been bought widely in the UK including the Guardian newspaper (a full A2 double-page spread!), Wanderlust magazine (A3 double-page spread on magazine stock paper), Hello Magazine, the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail and, I’m told many more print publications. Additionally the images have gone viral in the blogosphere, with one of my images of the bridges on Flickr receiving 38,000 hits in the space of three days. The images have now been picked up by Associated Press so hopefully some American usage will follow! One image which might be of particular interest is in the Daily Telegraph gallery: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2035520/Meghalaya-villagers-create-living-bridges-training-roots-river.html
The second image (“Nature’s incredible engineering”) was shot at 800 iso, with an aperture of F1.4 and SS of 1/25th of a second. The image seems to have been tweaked slightly by a very skillful image handler, but as you can see the IQ is superb, and pretty much definitively proves these cameras are usable professionally. The lens was (my favourite of all time) the old 4/3 Leica 25mm F1.4. with a 4/3 – m4/3 adapter. I wonder how many lenses of any kind would look that good shot at 1.4.
Some other samples of images:
http://issuu.com/wanderlust/docs/sampler_13_pages (page 5)

And Wee sent me this: “Hi, I’m from Thailand. Any user feedback about E-P3’s mode dial fall off? Mine is this one: http://www.thaidphoto.com/forums/showthread.php?t=236175&page=1
The camera is really new, only bought it a few weeks before taking it on a trip. Another one, the owner said his body is 16 days old:
As you see from both cases, it is a design flaw and poor assembly. The mode dial only has a tiny dent to align it in the right position under iAUTO mode and is glued to the knob underneath. The way this dial is cheaply built doesn’t look like a $900 camera to me! I was on my vacation in the UK and had bad experienced with Olympus distributor in Thailand, so I decided to stick it back in its place with super glue. What better can the service center do? Put extra glue on it? Bah!

Las Olympus Pen se dan un respiro entre monólogos, secretitos y miradas cruzadas (Quesabesde).

  • Renato M.


    EOSHD posted some days ago some info about the “new” Panasonic, which they said it will be called GFX1. Have you heard about it too?

    GFX makes a lot of sense because it opens the possibility for a high-end version for each line like GX and GHX – even though it may not make sense now and a GX and GHX could virtually be the same thing. But I think that as the system develop there is a gap for a more high-end camera lines.

    But I wonder how they are going to put prices in the GFX1 and the future GH3.

    • Steve

      I hope the GFX will be a G3 sensor in a GF-sized body with more controls than the GF3, a hotshoe, etc. and priced below the G3. I’d expect the GH3 to continue with the premium pricing.

      • Duarte Bruno

        I hope it’s a new sensor, if not then at least the multi-aspect from the GH2.

        • Renato M.

          It seems like it will have a new sensor, at least by what EOSHD said, but they also said it was unconfirmed.

          Priced below G3? That doesn’t make sense at all, none.

          I expect it to be priced at something around 1000$ with the X lens and 1200$ with the Leica DG 25mm f/1.4 lens. their competition is a 1200$ X100 and a 1400$ NEX-7.

          It will look like the L1, I expect to have plenty of controls, new EVF, hotshoe, better low noise performance. If possible it would be nice a new multiaspect sensor and new processor. I wish Panny placed it with a 12MP sensor.

  • Tom

    Oh, the old obsession with comparing micro 4/3 to “professional” cameras. Nope, the IQ isn’t as good as full frame and mirrorless isn’t a “professional” solution. Pros are paid enough to be obliged to lug heavy gear into remote areas, hobbyists are not. Why can’t people just let m4/3 be for us enthusiasts. That picture of the tree bridge is awesome, but a point and shoot would have taken an equally awesome picture, maybe even better as wider depth of field would have helped that picture (large apertures, like on-board flash, is one of those wonderful features that ruins more images than it makes). I think micro 4/3 is an awesome system, I just wish people would let it be what it is and stop trying to force it to be a pro system, which it will never be.

    End rant

    • dumbo

      perculiar comment. a pro camera is what ever the camera was being used by the pro at the time of shooting, be it a point and shoot or a dslr. this obsession with nonpro / pro is only ever talked about by non pros.

      • Steve

        I’ve sold photos (published in a well-known travel guide) taken on a Minolta Dimage 7i.

    • Hi Tom, I took the pictures of the tree root bridges mentioned above. The point is these images are being bought by publications with high production standards. I agree that IQ would have been higher with a full-frame DSLR, but I think the fact m43 images are getting this kind of play shows the potential of the format.

      • Steve


        I trust you have seen the shots and footage taken by the BBC of this area ? Yes, your pictures are good, and m43 is good enough for some media, but I’m sure you’d agree they are pretty low quality compared to the BBC’s, who obviously use much better gear because they have very high standards.

        There’s a tool suited to every job (as the actress said to the bishop)

        • Hi Steve, yes Timothy Allen shot the bridges some time ago for Human Planet. I believe he shoots with a Canon 5DII. I own the same camera, the IQ difference may not be as huge as you think.

        • dumbo

          steve, the bbc spends huge amount of time color grading their work to the highest standards, more so than newspapers do, simply because newspapers have a shorter shelf life. the newspapers did a good job on amos´s work, but the beeb would make sure that every frame is perfect for one of their flagship productions.

    • > comparing micro 4/3 to “professional” cameras

      Ah we are back to the old problem of loosely defined “professional camera” term.

      > but a point and shoot would have taken an equally awesome picture

      Yes. In hands of … a “professional” it would have. :D

      > stop trying to force it to be a pro system, which it will never be.

      Lost cause. People would inevitably call a “professional tool” whatever is used by a “professional user”. Works likes that in many other professional areas too – photography is no exception.

      P.S. At least with the “professional user” term is all clear: the user who gets paid for the work.

  • flash

    If there is a GFX1 it will be for video in all likelihood.

    • Narretz

      Nope, because it’s a GFX, with stress on F, which stands for small, non-DSLR style body, with lots of manual controls.

  • Fantastic pictures, Amos, and very interesting to hear about your success with the GH1. Love the picture that shows the bridge with the woman just having walked across.

    • Thanks! Its such a lovely part of the country. A world away from the hustle & madness of the big Indian cities.

  • Amazing pictures. Really shows that the megapixelcount just is a sales tactic. You don’t really need more than 10 megapixels, Not even for product shooting http://bedfordlemere.tumblr.com/ is a newly started blog. You can check out som product photographs there.

    In my experience the lens really is the key.

  • tom


    Again, nice job on the picture, it really is a great picture. I’m not arguing that micro 4/3 pictures aren’t good. In most cases, they are indistinguishable from a picture taken on a full frame camera or any other camera (assuming, of course, that all other variables are the same). My argument is that trying to label micro 4/3 as a “pro” system is dishonest and overall detrimental to the system. If I was paying a photographer a significant sum of money to take pictures of something (be it a wedding, a commercial product, whatever) and they showed up with an EP-3, I’d send them home. Why? Because there are a few situations where full frame has a real and indisputable advantage (wide dof, dynamic range, high iso) but I can’t think of a single factor, other than convenience, where micro 4/3 (or any other mirrorless) is BETTER than full frame. Pros are paid enough that inconvenience isn’t an issue. What I’m worried about happening is that the micro 4/3 is maintaining their advanced amateur quality and trying to charge semi-pro prices. For example, the olympus 12mm: it is beautiful looking, and by all accounts has great optics. However, it is overpriced (by about 50 to 100%, in my best estimate): it should have been done with a little bit more plastic, maybe one stop slower, and sold for $400-$600. Because we as consumers have accepted a “pro” labeling for micro 4/3 we are paying pro prices for what is really consumer level products.

    I see micro 4/3 as the real camera for the masses: it is small, convenient, easy, and has IQ that is good enough for most situations. It should be priced for the masses as well. Lenses like the panasonic 20 should be, in my opinion, the golden standard of the system: good enough IQ in a small and inexpensive package (and it seems that olympus has hit on this with their recent 45mm). The pro labeling is just going to make these gems rarer.

    To sum it up: the best camera is the one you have on you. Pros are paid enough to make sure that camera is big, heavy, inconvenient, and accepts no IQ compromises. For the rest of us, there is micro 4/3 (and NEX, and nikon 1, and even aps-c slr’s).

    Somewhat of an aside: I wish I could include a link (too long ago, don’t remember) but I saw an article of a professional photojournalist who used a point and shoot exclusively. He took some amazing pictures. For certain styles of photography, the camera is relatively unimportant, for other styles of photography that camera is critical.

    • Thanks for the response!

      The point you made about m43s’ lack of advantages over DSLRs is an interesting one. Certainly IQ is the only factor that matters when you’re shooting that wedding or product shot, but when you’re living out of a backpack & on the road for extended periods the convenience factor you mentioned does become important.

      I think I know the article you’re thinking of – a good read anyway if not: http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/multi_page.asp?cid=7-6468-7844

      • Chris

        Thanks for the photos and for the link, Amos! This bit in the 2005 article caught my eye:

        “I miss the strongest of the old generation cameras — Olympus OM-1, the Leica. The dream would be a digital camera the size of the C-5060 — not bigger than a Leica, let’s say — with exchangeable lenses. Small lenses. I would like to see fixed lenses, not zooms. Maybe some bigger apertures — f/1.8. The file is fine. I don’t need 20 million megapixels.”

        Hmm, reminds me of something… :-)

        Tom, I’d say that mirrorless cameras are at a distinct advantage compared to FF in situations where you don’t want to affect your subjects’ behaviour. I guess that, as m43 sensors develop, the DR and ISO advantages of FF will get smaller and smaller in practical terms.

        I think that, in time, there’ll be a 12mm m43 pancake that’s considerably cheaper than the Oly, but it’s good that the companies are treating m43 as a serious format in its own right. It’ll take time to fill out all the niches, but I’ve been surprised at how swiftly the m43 range has developed in such a short time.

    • elflord

      > Somewhat of an aside: I wish I could include a link (too long ago, don’t remember) but I saw an article of a professional photojournalist who used a point and shoot exclusively.
      Are you thinking of Tom Carter who published the book “China: Portrait of a People” ? He used an Olympus Camedia C4000.

      Here’s his listmania list: http://www.amazon.com/Travel-Photographer-Carters-Essential-Camera/lm/R1G6GRP91JJTUP

  • Duarte Bruno

    Pentax is pulling out a F****G miracle for such a small sensor… :)

  • m43 is just as professional as the person using it.

    This same argument is made over microphones. You’d be surprised at how many professional recordings are released using sub $100 microphones that you hear on the radio everyday, even when the artists and producers had access to $2500+ microphones.

    It comes down to what gets the job you want done the way you want it done.

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