View of San Francisco….Market street.

View of San Francisco

San Francisco is a beautiful tourist city… is true……But right after you go west of Powell street, there is different face.

View of Market streetIt reminds me a bit like Downtown Los Angeles……..

View of Market street 2

Untouched old buildings and small shops….there are no more tourists around this area.

View of Market street 3Behind those old buildings, there is a huge new building behind.

View of Market street San francisco 4

If you see this kind of sign….it is not a nice area……

View of Market street_San Francisco 5

Although it is looking rough, some developments are going on. In a few years, I would be a bit different again…….

City hall_San francisco

City hall is located behind Market Street too……

Turk Street_San FranciscoWhen I visit some cities, I just don’t like going only touristy area. It is usually beautiful….but at the same time, you are not seeing the reality of the life of the city. That is how, I also go to a bit or roughest area too.

For this, compact Panasonic GX1 was extremely handy.

GX1 +PZ14-42mm is small enough to put in my jacket pocket.

View of San Francisco

Powell st. San Francisco

San Francisco has quite pretty city landscape. Every street has different design and it is

just fun to walk around as long as you don’t get tired of uphills……

Panasonic LUMIX GX1

Golden Gate Bridge

When we say San Francisco, everyone think of Golden Gate Bridge…..but It is better to remember…..Golden Gate Bridge for daytime and Bay Bridge is for night time.

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Classic tram in San Francisco

When we say San Francisco….everybody think of Cable cars…..but this tram is more practical and people use as everyday’s transportation.

Cable cars are for hilly roads and trams are for flat roads.

LEICA Digilux 3

View of Waterfront in San Francisco

The sailing ship is Balclutha build in 1886 is now preserved in San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

Panasonic LUMIX GX1

San Francisco by LEICA Digilux 3

Cable car at Powell Street, San Francisco

Cable car at Powell Street, San Francisco

I just started using Panasonic GX1 in this trip to San Francisco.

But I still brought LEICA Digilux 3 because first of all, I was not sure how good the Panasonic is…..

I paid $3,000 for Leica 5 years ago and now, I only paid Less than $500 for Panasonic…what’s a difference…..

Cable car at Powell Street, San Francisco 2

Cable car at Powell Street, San Francisco 2

At least I was happy about the images from GX1, so I decided to use LEICA with only telephoto zoom because I did not have one for GX1.

Cable car from Russian Hill...San Francisco

Cable car from Russian Hill…San Francisco

5-year-old 7.5MP four-thirds body with not Leica lens this time….Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mmF3.5-4.5…which is  a kind of budget price range….

Hyde_Beach Cable car in San Francisco

Hyde_Beach Cable car in San Francisco

Due to the four-thirds small sensor makes depth of field deep and it makes easier to take clear view easy.

Classic tram in San Francisco

Classic tram in San Francisco

During past 5 years, technology changed a lot. Digilux 3 is not good with High ISO, slow AF or temperamental AE….but the image itself is not bad at all…or some are even better.

They say Leica can capture the atmosphere of the sheen as well. Maybe it is true and it is still working with Olympus lens.

Leica Digilux 3  Olympus40-150mm


Panasonic GX1 vs Leica Digilux 3 in San Francisco

Fisherman's Wharf_San Francisco by Panasonic GX1

Fisherman’s Wharf_San Francisco by Panasonic GX1

I bought the Panasonic Lumix GX1 right before the trip to San Francisco.

But it is a bit risky to 100% depend on a brand new camera….at least to me…..

So, my 5 year old Leica Digilux 3 came with me as well. But due to the weight, Leica was consentrated to telephoto lens Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm F3.5-4.5 because I haven’t had a telephoto lens for Panasonic GX1.

Fisherman's Wharf_San Francisco by Leica Digilux 3

Fisherman’s Wharf_San Francisco by Leica Digilux 3

Well…..It is not bad at all….although the Olympus lens is a kind of economy class.

Newer Panasonic looks clearer….but that is because it is shorter lens. Leica one looks a bit dull because of the longer lens and that is exaggerating  the amount of back light.

I quite like both of them and I can say Panasonic is still keeping “Leica taste” which they learned when they started digital camera with Panasonic LC5 and later LC1 and L1.

Now, Olympus which share the same micro four-thirds system shifted to SONY sensor and people says they are better. But I think Panasonic still have some advantage such as “Leica taste” which does not appear on catalog spec.

Today, people enlarge images on computer screen and check resolution easily. That kind of simple test rates what is good and what is bad.

There are some more things to talk about photography…..but people simply think image with no noise are better.

Panasonic has more noise than SONY sensored Olympus….but it does not mean Olympus is better on everything.

Fisherman’s Wharf….San Francisco

View of San Francisco bay

Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the most famous tourist spot by the San Francisco bay.

As the name shows, Italian fishamen settled around this area and caught crabs during the Gold rush.

Famous sign of Fisherman's WharfThey say there are still actual fishermen are around here….

It is the place of seafood……..well……
Crub, Crub and Crub.......

It is quite expensive for most of the people.

Seafood at Fisherman's Wharf

But somehow, we feel like buying something here…..

Famous Tram in San Francisco

In the late afternoon, fog started lifting from San Francisco bay. Suddenly the temperature drops as well.
Now the sun is covered and creating miseries lighting.

Those photos were taken by my brand new Panasonic GX1 + PZ14-42mm.
I was a bit worried about the lens due to the compact size and had some report about faulty Image Stabilizer…..but I am quite satisfied about those images.

San Francisco_ Powell Street

Powell St. Union Square Cable carAs I said before, I first used my brand new Panasonic LUMIX GX1when I was traveling the United States.

End of Powell Street is the starting point of the world famous Cable cars.

There is a turn table which is manually operated to turn the direction.

Under the strong sun and shadow, it is creating quite strong contrast.
To me, this image looks a little bit like film with classic Contax or something.

Leica Digilux 3 was film like camera….but still this is a bit different type of film like image.

Panasonic LUMIX GX1 PZ14-42mm