This is a Panasonic GH2 fitted with a Pentax 70mm f/2.4 limited lens.
Really good results from this lens, even wide open. Its the best lens for image quality on my Pentax K-5 and it produced very sharp files on the GH2. Nice bokeh too.
So yet another option for m4/3. I now have M-mount, Panasonic & Olympus 4/3 and Pentax lenses that I can use on my Panasonic G series cameras. More than I need however. I had hoped to reduce my gear but ebay is a bit sluggish at the moment, and most of it is still here. I'll probably re-list what I don't want a bit closer to the Spring. Obviously just after Christmas is not a great time to sell.
The versatility of m4/3
I was thinking yesterday about this when the Fuji X100 samples appeared and disappeared again. I have used a Leica X1, Samsung NX10 and Sony A55 and all of them have gone while I still continue to use m4/3. All the cameras had their virtues but for me didn't have enough of them to persuade me to use them rather than what has become my core system.
The advantage of an APS-C sensor is somewhat overstated as far as I'm concerned. Particularly for someone like me who uses anything higher than ISO 200 very rarely. I also find the handling of m4/3 cameras suits me well in terms of size and weight. The GF1 for example is a small camera but its not that light & it feels very solid in my hand. The GH1 and GH2 are excellent cameras to use in the field and I've really grown to love the GH2's handling.
I love the idea of the Fuji X100 and there's no doubt that it's a very sexy camera. However the samples I saw yesterday have given me something to think about. Apart from the excellent high ISO performance I saw nothing to get me that excited. Like a lot a people I really want the X100 to produce great results and it still may be capable of that.
Most of all I love the ability of the m4/3 system to accept literally 1000's of lenses. My real enthusiasm for it started when I began using Nikon lenses via an adapter. I got some extraordinary results from my 50mm f/1.1 and 85mm f/1.8 lenses. From there I started using M-Mount lenses, 4/3 lenses and now Pentax lenses. The posts last week where I was writing about using the Zeiss 50mm f/2 Planar and Leica 90mm f/2.5 Summarit-M on the GH2 were an account of a real turning point for me. The results were so impressive and did indeed surprise me with the levels of sharpness and clarity, that I've only ever seen bettered by the Leica M9.
Also where else would I get to be able to use the Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95 lens, which is rapidly becoming my favourite lens of all time. It seems I'm not alone in this as the first production run has apparently completely sold out across the world.
So no matter what else I try I seem to always be coming back to m4/3. Here in the UK we seem to have embraced it enthusiastically. I gather those of you in the US are encountering the same supply problems with the GH2 as with previous Panasonic items. Figures seem to indicate a lower take up of m4/3 there, though whether this is due to the difficulty of actually buying it or other factors is unclear.
Its not a system for everyone, as many photographers would find it completely inappropriate for their needs but I think there's no doubt that a lot of the innovative technology created by m4/3 will spin off into other camera systems. The removal of the SLR mirror has possibilities that are only just beginning to be explored.
So whether I try a Fuji X100 remains to be seen. The answer is probably yes as I doubt I'll be able to resist it! Whether it stays long term is another story.
Words - David
Images - David and Ann