Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1.
This camera was a game changer for me.
My first mirrorless, it’s a super-nifty little Micro Four Thirds camera and along with the 20mm ƒ/1.7 lens, I made bunches of nice images with this little gem.
I first heard of this camera through Craig Mod’s blog post titled “GF1 Fieldtest – 16 Days in the Himalayas.” His detailed review, high praise, and the gorgeous photos he shared were all hard to ignore.
The first time I held one and fiddled with it was early December 2009 while attending a photo meet-up in Santa Clara, at the coffee shop across El Camino Real from Santa Clara University’s Loyola Hall.
One of the folks attending brought along his recently acquired GF1/20mm ƒ/1.7 and was kind enough to let me hold it and play with it a bit.
The minute I pressed the shutter release I was hooked – it made a convincing click-thunk sound – you knew you’d just made a picture.
The GF1 is so cool. Small, 12 megapixels, used interchangeable Panasonic and Olympus lenses, quick auto-focus, a 3″ display, and an external viewfinder could be added.
I’ve even attached a Lensbaby Composer Pro/Sweet 35, the Pentax 25mm ƒ/1.4 CCTV, and the Wanderlust Pinwide. Pictured is the Panasonic 14mm ƒ/2.5, a nice street lens.
By Christmas I had one of my own, along with the 20mm ƒ1.7 and the EVF.
Some of my fave portraits were made with this little guy and I’ve shot a lot of cool cars and beautiful flowers with it, too.
Resolution: 12.1 megapixels
Max image size – 4000 x 3000
Display: Fixed 3in LCD @ 460,000 pixels
ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Shutter Speeds: 60 sec – 1/4000 sec
Metering: Multi-segment, center-weighted, spot
Dimensions WHD: 4.69in x 2.8in x 1.43in
Weight: 13.58 oz
Power: Lithium-ion rechargeable battery
Memory card: SD/SDHC/MMC
Mirrorless in 2009, wow, didn’t think they’d been around that long. My DSLR is on its last legs, and am thinking about one of the new Nikon Z series.
The Epson R-D1 was the first mirrorless commercially marketed, released in 2004. You can find ’em on eBay… not cheap! 8^)