Two New Year Resolutions



My first photographic resolution is to use my Canon 5D MkII more! Despite my antipathy towards it.
http://soundimageplus.blogspot.com/2009/12/
why-can-i-love-canon-5d-mk-ii.html
It is a great camera both for stills and video. I have lenses for it I have never used and should be explored. I did shoot part of the snow video with it & having found a way to view the files on my HD TV was blown away by the quality. So, more stills and video with the 5D MkII.

canon eos 5D Mk II

canon eos 5D Mk II

My second photographic resolution involves this post.
/soundimageplus/2009/10/g-series-pro.html
Over the new year I visited a friend of mine who had recently returned from a trip to Australia. I had recommended the Panasonic GH1 to him as a combined video and stills camera.
He came back back with some amazing footage and stills, Ayers Rock, Great Barrier Reef, Sydney etc. I watched his footage on his new Panasonic Viera HD TV, as he just popped his SD card into the back of the TV and played the full HD movies. The quality was truly spectacular. Every bit the equal of digital HD TV broadcasts.
However his GH1 was minus one of the lugs holding the strap lock to the camera. It had just come away. Since then I have discovered that this is not an isolated problem.
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1041&message=34157089
Having seen the problem first hand, I was astonished at how flimsy the holding lug was. Its very shallow & fitted to the camera by inserting and twisting. This could obviously lead to a dropped, and smashed, camera.
My intention to use the G series camera in a "pro" capacity was more a heart than head idea. This incident has caused me to make a serious re-appraisal of my equipment, and how and where to use it.
Since I am now unsure of what other little cheapskate strokes Panasonic may have pulled on their cameras, I am not prepared to risk them in critical situations. This is a shame. I still intend to use my GF1 for my stock work, but am thinking of changing the GH1, which I use a lot for video, for a Canon 7D.
The GF1 has always struck me as being better constructed than either the G1 or GH1. Also the Olympus E-P1 has a very solid feel to it. I have always been aware that the build quality of m4/3 cannot be compared to high-end DSLR's but I did expect a strap holding
lug to be secure.
I will be coming to a decision on this soon. I have always been a great advocate for m4/3 and will continue to use it, but my enthusiasm has been somewhat dented by this basic design fault.
So the resolution is to be a little more realistic in terms of my equipment and more circumspect in its use.

panasonic lumix GH1 14-140 zoom

panasonic lumix GH1 14-140 zoom

panasonic lumix GH1 14-140 zoom

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