When an internet startup goes bankrupt, all that’s left are a bunch of Aeron chairs and some computer equipment. When a mercenary company goes bankrupt, the hired guns start to look for new employment and entertainment.
As is evidenced by my Tumblr recently I have recently returned from a couple weeks in Europe. It was an amazing trip and I feel fortunate to be able to dig into an amazing archive of pictures and relive the trip.
A few weeks prior to heading to Europe I decided I needed a new camera for the trip. About a year ago I purchased the Canon G15, by all accounts a GREAT camera. I appreciated the compact size, speed of the camera and all around utility. However it was missing the sharpness and quality in the RAW files I was looking for. I did a ton of online research - not wanting to spend a lot of money I oscillated between buying an entry-mid level DSLR (T4i, D5200) or going back to a small form factor camera like a NEX or Micro 4/3s. Previously I had dipped my toe in the mirrorless segment with a NEX-5. While I appreciated what the sensor in that camera was capable of the price and quality of glass was severely upside down.
Peeping files and reading reviews my decision ultimately came down to striking a compromise between frugality - I found a GX1 at KEH for a few hundred dollars - and capabilities. While I would have loved to grab an OM-D or E-M1 those cameras just stung the wallet a little too deeply. Ultimately I grabbed the GX1, a 14-45 (better build quality and slightly better IQ than the 14-42) and a few extra batteries and caps from KEH. (Aside, KEH is amazing, so many cool cameras and their quality is always as described to better. The shutter count on my “used” GX1 was under 2,000 snaps.)
After browsing Flickr i was clear all the good pictures out of the GX1 had the awesome Lumix 20mm 1.7 lens mounted when they were captured. Thanks to the intro of a refreshed 20mm for the GX7 launch I was able to save a few dollars there and thanks to the great pricing of my local shop - ProPhoto in Portland - I grabbed it locally.
The thing I like most about the GX1 - and what will keep me with Panasonic mirrorless for a while - is where it puts the Sony devices in particular to shame - are the controls! Everything I needed on the GX1 from ISO to focus points was easy to manipulate. Important when fighting crowds at the Lourve or trying to capture that cool street scene in Venice.
The other accessory I grabbed that greatly improved the entire experience of going back to a mirrorless was the Panasonic electronic viewfinder (LVF-2) from a fellow Tumblr user - Sean Ocean. (Thanks for the fast shipping!)
Finally, the GX1 was great in Europe because the files are clean, sharp and will provide a lifetime of memories and I didn’t have to lug a DSLR around. Just a small, inconspicuous camera always at my side on a neck strap. Compare that to some of the guys I saw traveling with fully gripped cameras and heavy glass. Yes their IQ is going to be superior but I will have the shot they missed because they didn’t want to haul that thing out at dinner ;-)
So there you have it, my European love affair with a little camera. Here’s to many more snaps and a GX7 in my future!
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