A post NOT about the Fuji X-Pro 1

Panasonic GX1 Voigtlander 20mm f/3.5
Panasonic GX1 Voigtlander 20mm f/3.5

For the past couple of days I've been shooting with cameras that aren't the Fuji X-Pro 1. I've been spending a lot of time recently writing about that camera and I thought it was time to use something else. On Saturday I took out my much underused Panasonic GX1 plus Voigtlander 20mm and Nikon 50mm lenses.

Panasonic GX1 Nikon 50mm f/1.8
Panasonic GX1 Nikon 50mm f/1.8

Panasonic GX1 Nikon 50mm f/1.8
Panasonic GX1 Nikon 50mm f/1.8

Panasonic GX1 Voigtlander 20mm f/3.5
Panasonic GX1 Voigtlander 20mm f/3.5

Panasonic GX1 Voigtlander 20mm f/3.5
Panasonic GX1 Voigtlander 20mm f/3.5

Panasonic GX1 Voigtlander 20mm f/3.5
Panasonic GX1 Voigtlander 20mm f/3.5

As is usually the case when I come back to m4/3 after not using it for a while, I'm always very impressed by the quality, and after using the Fuji for so long, at just how easy it is to use. Consequently one of these below will be arriving tomorrow. And yes I do remember I said I wasn't going to buy one!!


Yesterday I went out with one of my Sony NEX-7's and a Nikon 28mm and Voigtlander 75mm.

Sony NEX-7 Voigtlander 75mm f/2.5 Heliar
Sony NEX-7 Voigtlander 75mm f/2.5 Heliar

Sony NEX-7 Voigtlander 75mm f/2.5 Heliar
Sony NEX-7 Voigtlander 75mm f/2.5 Heliar

Sony NEX-7 Voigtlander 75mm f/2.5 Heliar
Sony NEX-7 Voigtlander 75mm f/2.5 Heliar

Sony NEX-7 Nikon 28mm f/2.8
Sony NEX-7 Nikon 28mm f/2.8

Sony NEX-7 Nikon 28mm f/2.8
Sony NEX-7 Nikon 28mm f/2.8

As with m4/3 the ease of use with the Sony is a much pleasanter experience than with the Fuji. Particularly with regard to manual focusing which is so easy on the NEX-7. Also a nice afternoon of stormy light. I only had an hour of this before a torrential downpour descended. This year we are getting April showers with a vengence.

Finally, I saw this yesterday on SonyAlphaRumors - http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/sony-36-megapixel-ff-sensor-versus-medium-format/



Now I like TheCameraStoreTV. The presenters are personable and I find their videos very entertaining. However the two photographers they interview are examples of just about everything I hate about many of my professional colleagues. I suggest you have a look at it and see what you think.

My complaint is their "Expensive gear means professional" subtext. They constantly go on about the benefits of their $20,000 Hassleblad digital back. And at one point even talk about how they can't turn up at a job with a camera that someone else might have!!! They have to have the very best professional gear. I was beginning to think, naively its seems, that attitudes like this weren't around any more. It seems I was wrong.

Its people like this and their attitude that "its the gear that makes you professional" rather than the other way around that actually makes me very angry. It makes me angry because it perpetuates the myth that only by using very expensive equipment can you do a "professional job" and presumably charge "professional prices". They were photographing a hairdressers, for gods sake!!

To get a balanced view read Kirk Tuck - http://visualsciencelab.blogspot.co.uk/ or Damian Mcgillicuddy - http://www.damianmcgillicuddy.com/journal/ "Professional" photographers who put the emphasis on the photographer part of that rather than the "professional". I had started to get a little less shy about about using that term to describe myself but unfortunately these two in the video have made me self-conscious about it again.

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