Video Using Lumix GF1 and 45-200mm Lens

Here's a video I just found on Youtube. It was shot using Lumix GF1 + 45-200mm lens. Watch it in high-def at this link.

Luminous Landscape Reviews GF1

A nice review of the Lumix GF1 was posted by Luminous Landscape earlier today:

"In the final analysis what we come down to is that the GF1 is likely the best of breed at the moment, but not a panacea for someone looking for a semi-pocketable large sensor camera. ... If one is happy shooting with just the rear LCD then the GF1 does the job, and does it well. If you already own a G1 or GH1 then I don't think that there's a compelling case for the GF1, though the 20mm f/1.7 lens is a honey. Fortunately it can be purchased seperately."

Read the full review here.

Fujifilm Joining Micro 4/3 ?

Just saw this interesting rumour at 4/

"Fujifilm is moving to M4/3rds with a new body that will have an EXR sensor inside it. The official announcement about Fuji’s joining to the M4/3 system will be made a few weeks before the camera announcement itself next PMA season (Jan/Feb 2010). The new camera body –tentatively named: Micro-S10EXR (MS10), will have a 4/3rd 12MP EXR sensor, that shares a lot of its technologies and modes with current Fuji EXR compacts, just in a much larger sensor area and pixel size. The MS10 will be intermediate in form factor between the E-P1 and the GH1. It will have sensor shift stabilization, a substantial hand grip, tilt & swivel (similar in design to D5000), and a built-in EVF that is more akin to the EVF’s of Fuji compacts than to that of the GH1."

More competition in the micro 4/3 arena would be great, and I hope this rumour is for real :) ...

Read the full article here.

Video Using Lumix GF1 with Leica Noctilux f1.0

Wowwww ! Eye popping video ... wish I can afford that lens ... LOL

Panasonic LUMIX GF1 with Leica Noctilux F1.0

Here's another video using Panasonic lens (not sure which lens though, it was not specified):

Panasonic LUMIX GF1 movie with Panasonic Lens

More GF1 videos can be found here.

Lumix G 20mm f1.7 Reviewed

DPReview just posted their review of the Lumix G 20mm f1.7 lens. It did very well in their tests ...

"Overall, we can't help but conclude that the 20mm F1.7 is the first must-have lens for Micro Four Thirds, and one which especially makes sense with the compact-bodied E-P1 and GF1. On these cameras it provides a winning combination of small size, high all-round image quality and excellent low-light capability."

You can read the full review here.

More Flickr Groups

Just found more micro four thirds related Flickr groups:

FD Lenses On Micro Four Thirds

One very interesting thing about the micro 4/3 design is that it allows for mount adapters for practically any lens mount out there. For photographers with vintage lenses from the film era, this is really great.

Now, I don't have any vintage lenses, but there are plenty of Canon FD lenses selling at relatively low prices on Ebay. I am especially interested in the primes, like the 50mm f1.4, 28mm f2, etc.

If anyone else here is interested as well, here are the information you need.

Please feel free to share your experience on this topic in the comments ...

Bags, Bags, Bags

Yup, I know, I know ... I'm getting slightly ahead of myself here, looking at bags to store my micro 4/3 gear before the gear even arrives ... LOL. I already have a full set of Lowepro toploader, belt, harness, vest, lens cases and bags, but they're all pretty bulky, so I have set out to find a more compact bag that just fits everything nicely.

So far, I have narrowed it down to the Crumpler 5 MDH, Think Tank Urban Disguise 20 and the Lowepro Apex 140 AW. Out of these three, I think the Crumpler 5 MDH is my first choice at the moment. I like how it looks like a normal sling bag on the outside.

If anyone has better suggestions, feel free to post it in the comments :) ...

More Lens Reviews

PhotoReview Australia just posted two new lens reviews for the Lumix G-Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 and the Lumix G 20mm f/1.7. They both did pretty well, especially the 20mm. 

Now I just have to patiently wait until I get mine, hopefully no later than the end of Oct ... *sighhh*

Reviews of Micro Four Thirds Lenses

Like so many photographers who are just jumping onto the micro four thirds bandwagon for the first time, I too have been searching around for reviews of micro 4/3 lenses in order to decide which lenses to get. Well, as luck would have it, I found a website ( with pretty detailed reviews of almost all the currently available micro 4/3 lenses.

Why I Love Micro Four Thirds

Here's an interesting article I found, which pretty much reflects my thoughts and excitement about micro 4/3 ...

"At first I was drawn to Micro 4/3 because it had the potential to be my "Poor Man’s Leica" or the elusive DMD. While possibly true, this was a very narrow-minded view of the new format. Like many of you, I have a tendency to seize on one idea or get lost in technical specifications or reviews. Sometimes I simply fail to see the forest for the trees. It wasn’t until just recently that I realized that Micro 4/3 is not just exciting: it is revolutionary."

Read the article here.

Adobe Updates for Lumix GF1 Support

Adobe has released updated Lightroom 2.5,  Camera Raw 5.5 and DNG Converter 5.5 with support for Lumix GF1 RAW files. You can download it here.

GF1 Review by PhotoReview Australia

PhotoReview Australia just did a fairly detailed technical review of the Lumix GF1.

"Panasonic's GF1 is pleasing to use and a good example of the kind of camera serious enthusiasts would like as a more portable alternative to a DSLR kit. It provides many of the benefits of a DSLR: interchangeable lens options, a relatively large sensor, raw file capture and a full suite of user-adjustable controls. All these factors provide reasons for nominating the GF1 as an Editor's Choice in both the Advanced and Four Thirds System categories."

Read the full review here.

Waiting for Lumix GF1

Welcome to my new blog. I am waiting for the Lumix GF1 to arrive here in Malaysia sometime end of Oct ... can't wait ! =) ... I will get the GF1 kit with the 14-45mm and 45-200mm lenses, and also the 20mm f1.7 lens as well.

Thanks to my friends in the media, I had the chance to personally test both the Lumix GF1 and Olympus E-P1, and I much prefer the GF1.

I shall start posting pics and experiences with the GF1 once it arrives. In the mean time, here are some interesting micro four-thirds related links:
If you find any interesting sites related to micro 4/3, please feel free to share them in the comments =)