Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2008/12/07

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Subject: [Leica] Re: Micro 4/3
From: Frank.Dernie at (Frank Dernie)
Date: Sun Dec 7 03:04:04 2008
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I had a play with a Panasonic G1 at Photokina. I was particularly  
interested by the viewfinder since I find the Olympus 4/3 optical  
viewfinders give an awfully small and dim view. Th E3 is the biggest  
and brightest 4/3 finder so far but the autofocus is poor and the  
screen not good enough for consistent manual focus results (though,  
with long lenses, I get a better hit ratio with manual than auto focus).
The G1 viewfinder was much better than I was expecting, both big and  
bright. The only problem I had was that the little press and turn  
adjustment wheel on the front grip was almost impossible not to press  
accidentally whilst holding up to the eye. About 1/3 of the people at  
the booth, myself included, were looking puzzled as the camera beeped  
warnings and they tried to guess what pressing the dial did.
I have no idea about picture quality, and the sensor has almost the  
same pixel density as would be found on a 50 megapixel full frame  
sensor, so noise is unlikely to be a strong point.
The viewfinder is by far the best I have tried on a 4/3 camera.

On 6 Dec, 2008, at 23:24, Didier Ludwig wrote:

> There's one micro 4/3 model out, the Panasonic Lumix G1, which has  
> received mixed reviews so far. It's literally as big as the smallest  
> dslr models on the market, but with no optical viewfinder. An  
> interesting Micro 4/3 camera could be, IMO, a very small body  
> without EVF, but hotshoe for accessory finders, and fast, compact  
> primes. That would fill the gap between the APS-C dslr and the usual  
> 1/1.8" sensor compacts, and also fill the pocket of many LUGgers,  
> likely.
> But I'm not shure how much sense it makes to use bigger, heavier,  
> older lenses with limited functionality on a digital system which is  
> intended for compactness and digital conveniences like contrast  
> autofocus and others.
> But as an alternative to a M8, just for using Leica glass with  
> (expensive) adapters, but no rangefinder coupling - hmm, don't know.
> Didier
>> Does anyone have any information about the progress of the micro 4/3
>> cameras? I have plenty of Leica lenses but can't afford a new M8.
>> Larry Z
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Replies: Reply from leica at (Didier Ludwig) ([Leica] Re: Micro 4/3)
In reply to: Message from lrzeitlin at (Lawrence Zeitlin) ([Leica] Re: Micro 4/3)
Message from leica at (Didier Ludwig) ([Leica] Re: Micro 4/3)