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#22
Let’s not get started on lenses ? Got the 25mm to go with the body but am already making a list of things to look at next. Need to really think about what I intend to use this for so as to not end up duplicating functionality with the DSLR.

- Neil.
 

Dom

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#23
I have a holy trinity of primes (14mm, 20mm and 45mm - the longer ones being f1.7 and f1.8 respectively) and I recently got the PZ 14-42mm zoom which collapses really small. I took that one on the GX1 on holiday. I keep on wondering about something longer (my old Bridge FZ50 had a 420mm equivalent) but then I look at the price tag.
 

Maddz

Rune Priest
#26
I was surprised how good the results from the PZ14-42 were from the night shots I took. Usually I use the 20mm or 14mm primes for street scenes but these worked well.
Argassi at Night by Dom, on Flickr
Thought I recognised the name although it's rather busier now. We had a family holiday there back in the 80s and experienced the first (minor) earthquake that I recall.
 

Guvnor

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#27
I am now ogling the Panny GX9, which seems to be the descendant of Dom's GX7. Mind you, I could buy a s/h GX7 for that matter..
 

Dom

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#28
I bought mine second hand when the GX8(?) came out. Worth getting them when the early adopters offload...
 
#32
I have now gone full micro four thirds:

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Got the GX9 a little while ago second hand and the G90 this week when I traded in all my Nikon gear. First time in 35 years that I don’t own a Nikon camera! Not shown is a Panasonic 35-100mm F4.0-5.6 that I’ve picked up to round things out for now.

The GX9 has been a dream to use. Shooting mainly in black and white using the L Monochrome D profile which produces really deep shadows. Haven’t tried using the built in grain feature yet, but apparently it works really well and produces great images.

Have only used the G90 once so far straight out of the box. It is a lovely camera and such a change, in weight and size, from my D7500. It will get an outing photographing war games this weekend, so we’ll see how it stacks up. I’m confident it will do great.

Next on the shopping list are a Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7 for the GX9 to turn it in to a street photography beast and a Godox flash for those times when the inbuilt ones won’t do the job.

Example of output from both can be found on Flickr.

Here's a sample of L Monochrome D on the GX9:



- Neil.
 

Dom

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#33
Not top end, but the Olympus 45mm f1.8 is a damn good portrait lens and a lot cheaper than the Leica version.

The Panasonic pancake zoom 14-42mm is okay as a take anywhere with flexibility but I’m always tempted to take the 20mm Panasonic instead.
 

Guvnor

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#34
Ok, it's time. My GF1 is going to be retired and I am getting a GX9, I knew it was what I wanted but now you have confirmed it.

I have the G5 which I think is a good body for when I want an SLR like camera. I have a kit zoom with that.

I have the 14mm Panasonic which I use a lot, and the 45mm Olympus which @Dom references above, it's a very nice lens.

If I wanted a simple day out with one lens I often take my 20mm Panasonic. The 40mm at 35mm film was always a rather nice standard focal length, and 20mm is the same for micro 4/3

I have the Olympus 15mm f8 body cap lens which is ruddy marvelous to make a simple pocketable fixed focus fixed aperture camera on a sunny day.

I usually shoot square frame monochrome on my GF1 and 4:3 on my G5, so my approach is similar to @neilcford
 
#35
The G5 is still very highly regarded. I was just in a position to by new and decided to get the G90 and future proof myself for a while.

The kit lenses will do me well for quite some time, but I do want a fast prime for street photography and the 15mm will give a close to 28mm as Panasonic do, in a very small package. So it will be my one indulgence in due course.

Hopefully you will not be disappointed with the GX9. If you want to see some sample images, let me know and I’ll make some original files available.

- Neil.
 

Guvnor

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#36
Thanks, I would very much appreciate some sample images.

I was always fond of 35mm focal length for street photography, as was Besson, so the 20mm kind of works for me as equivalent to about 40mm.

The Leica lens set from the beginning was 35/50/75, and indeed the standard range finder frames still are..
 
#38
Took the plunge and got the Leica 15mm at a cracking price second hand. Looked like it had only been used once or twice, the lens hood and accompanying lens cap hadn't been unwrapped!

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Really is a lovely lens to use, though I need to get braver to get better street photography shots with it :)

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So maybe a 25mm or 42.5mm will be next.

- Neil.
 
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