Autumn in Vancouver…Panoramas


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It is taken fisherman wharf beside the Granville Island which formerly industrial aria and now a tourist spot in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

This area is not a tourist spot like the famous one in San Francisco…. but as you see, it is  a good spot to see the panorama of Downtown Vancouver.

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Those photos are merged by Adobe Photoshop. 3 photos on the first one and 4 photos were used for the 2nd one.

Clouds in Autumn sky were creating perfect lighting in the evening.

It is the end of autumn and next week, our summer time is ending.

Panasonic GX1  PZ14-42mmf3.5-5.6

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Leica developing micro Four Thirds Mirrorless Camera???


Leica Mirrorless Camera based on Panasonic GM1 by using Adobe Photoshop

Leica Mirrorless Camera based on Panasonic GM1 by using Adobe Photoshop

Leica is going to develop micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera….???

Actually the rumor has been around since micro Four Thirds came out and when GF1 came out, lots of people expected Leica version…. but it did not happen and they brought out X1 with fixed lens. I remember when the scoop photo came out, we were expecting to be micro Four Thirds.

Then, there was another rumor said they were developing APS-C mirrorless… at that time, I predicted Fuji X-pro1 brother… then, it did not happen.

When we heard about “Leica Mini M… ” again we were expecting some kind of mirrorless camera… then, it did not happen again.

I can see Leica is struggling in this market due to their technology level.

M series are way over priced and there is nothing between X series.

From my experience, Leica Digilux 3 was a quite good camera, but there was nothing to replace that position.

At least they have been making Panasonic OEM point & shoots until today,  It is very good idea to have micro Four-Thirds mirrorless. They already have several Leica lenses in this series.

Last year, Leica was saying they did not want to make “Compact camera body with huge lens like Coke can”.

I guess at that time, they were trying to do with bigger APS-C… but as you see the result of X-Vario, they recognized it was not possible to have APS-C with reasonable compact zoom lens. Then, they stopped the project of APS-C mirrorless and came back to micro Four-Thirds… I guess that was the story.

Well… I did not have chance to replace Digilux 3 and now, I am using Pananonic GX1, but if micro Four Thirds comes out, It will be a good replacement for me this time.

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SONY α7, α7R 35mm full-size mirrorless camera!


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Sony officially revealed full-frame mirror-less camera.

The rumor had been around quite a while… but it is surprising to me.

First of all SONY NEX always had problem with poor lens design.
Due to the short flange-back and small mount diameter, always the image quality was not impressive especially around the edges.

Then, even with the unimpressive lenses, those were quite big for the size of the body.

If they try to make good lenses, they got huge and had bad balance with tiny body.

If they make compact lenses, the image quality was not impressive at all….

Even with APS-c format was like that… and how can you expect the full-size could get any better?

This time, the body looks like SLR…. well….. it will look better with those huge full-size lenses.

What funny to me was… α has been the brand for A mount and NEX has been for E mount.
But why are they calling it α this time?

To me, it is obvious that they are trying to make slow selling  A mount  retire and shift everything to E mount.

Until today, there were quite a few companies to run 2 lens mount systems.  They always said at the beginning , they were going to continue the old system as well….

But remember Canon FD system, Minolta X system, Olympus OM system and four-thirds system….. all of them announced that they were going to keep both system, but none of them kept the words.

Do you remember Olympus was keep saying they were still developing four-thirds system?

That is how things happens in this world.

To me, full-size mirror-less does not mean a lot. Maybe they are smaller…but still the lenses are huge and expensive for its compact body.

I would say, they are just trying to get rid of A system…. that is all.

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Autumn in West Coast of Canada…


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Horse shore bay is the north end of Greater Vancouver area.
This small town is known for Ferry terminal to go to Nanaimo or some other small islands.
Now,  a ferry is arriving to the terminal.

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The coast line looks almost like fjord or something…..

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It is like Indian Summer this weekend. There are still people on the beach.

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Once you leave Horse shore bay, it is middle of nowhere. Nearest town you see along the highway is Britannia beach… which used to be town of copper mining.

On West Coast, autumn leaf is not that beautiful…. this dynamic landscape is typical autumn view of West Coast Canada.

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Panasonic GX1 14-42mm, 45-150mm