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Canon DSLR owner now loves the GF1 more
on December 5, 2010
I've been a Canon DSLR owner for years. First the Digital Rebel 300D and presently the 30D with lots of nice glass. But it's all heavy and big and somtimes stays home because I don't want to lug it around. On those occasions in the past I took a Canon Powershot, but now the GF1 is my best friend!
I've only had the camera for a couple of weeks, but I'm already totally impressed with it. I love the size, weight, features and picture quality. The 14-45 kit lens is plenty sharp for me. In fact, I think the pure focus accuracy coming from the GF1 CMOS imager is probably better than Canon using a separate focusing sensor that must be critically aligned to guarantee excellent focus at the CMOS imager itself. What does that mean? It means perfect focus with a decent lens will give a better picture than mediocre focus with L glass. Think about that! I also bought the 45-200 Lumix lens and love it. It focuses very close (1m) even at 200mm (a 400mm equivalent). Nice bokeh, too!
I love the ability to shoot multiple formats including 1:1 (same aspect as some of the old medium format cameras). The ability to compose using those formats live on the excellent LCD is great!
My only suggested improvement would be some rubber in the hand grip area. For people that want a better grip for one handed shooting, you might prefer a GH1 or similar, but I chose the GF1 because I wanted the classic rangefinder look.
I also love the ability to adapt old manual focus lenses to the GF1. I bought adapters and now can use my old Canon FD lenses and the manual focus is nicely assisted by a highly magnified view on the LCD. There is no focus confirmation "beep", but you can tell on the LCD when critical focus is reached. It works better than using a focus confirm chip with manual focus lenses on the 30D. Somehow I never hit precise focus on my 30D even though those focus confirm adapters give me a good beep.
So, all in all, the GF1 has really impressed me and may completely displace my DSLR equipment. Perhaps I'll be selling it all someday soon.
If you're all about brand name and the "professional" appearance of a DSLR then keep lugging all that gear around. But for me, I think I'll be filling out my micro 4/3 lens collection and only keeping the most essential pieces of my DSLR collection.
But wait, maybe Canon will do the right thing and create a APS-C camera like the GF1 that will accept a compact set of EOS lenses and all the current EOS lenses, too. Ok ... I won't sell just yet!
If you're considering buying a GF1, go for it. You won't be disappointed!