A photo blog by an obsessed urban walker from Sydney. Sorry about all the cat photos.
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I've been thinking of dangling something off the camera, but maybe that's getting TOO pathetic...
Ah - this is with my new little Olympus XZ-1, a wee pocket point and shoot. I can get a shallow depth of field and more detail with the E-P1 and Panasonic 20mm f1.7 lens (though you are right, a bigger sensor will always win out) but I'm enjoying the extra challenge of the point and shoot right now. There a new leica\panasonic f1.4 25mm micro four thirds lens coming soon, so help my credit card...
It's because these photos were done with the little xz-1 point and shoot compact camera, it has a nice 1.8 lens but only a tiny sensor, it's like a Canon s95.If you click on the tags for cats and dogs you will see some older pics from the e-p1 with the panasonic 20mm f1.7 lens. Also my food blog www.streetfood.com.au is all done with the ep-1/1.7 combo (except the last couple of posts).
I'm facing the same decision so I'll be interested to see what you get.From what I can figure out - micro four thirds can keep up with consumer aps-c dslrs until the sun drops, modern dslrs having amazing high iso capabilities, and much better dynamic range. A full frame camera like your mate's d700 is in another league altogether though - the photos that really 'wow' me quality wise are always full frames... I reckon it all comes down to what you are happy to lug around and enjoy using...I can't really comment on the quality of the kit lenses having mainly used the primes, but the twin lens kit looks like a great deal. I had the 14-150mm for a little while and was stunned at some of the photos that popped out, particularly close up and zoomed out, I would guess the 40-150mm will do the same.I had the 17mm 2.8 but traded up for the Panasonic 1.7 as it focussed much easier under low light - a lot of the food photos are done in really challenging light... I've seen some stunning portraits from that nokton lens, they almost looked like they came from a full frame camera, if only i could manually focus...Having said all that, I'd get a Pentax K-5 if I could afford it...
Yay - I love the silver too - where did you find that sweet deal?
I guess if you're prepared to manual focus every shot then go voigtlander - sounds like a pain in the buttocks to me :-)Thing I like about the 20mm 1.7 is that it is nice and small, can fit it a jacket pocket with the ep-1 if required and packs in a bag nicely.I paid nearly $600 for my 20mm 1.7, had to import it from Japan, $400 is sweet, availability seems to go up and down.I'll give you a $100 for your ep3 body no worries ;-)
Oh - another consideration is that the autofocus is quite slow on the the 20mm 1.7 - may be less of an issue on the e-p3 - photographing pussycats with the e-p1 and 20mm is very difficult. I believe the 25mm is much faster.
That looks like $30 well spent, might look into it.
"The Russian wide angle I bought which is also as small has a depth of field of 1.6meters to infinity at around F8.0 so you don't even have to focus it." - I like the sound of that!