Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8


I had been away from blog for 2 month because I was away to Japan.

Japan is the place for… shopping… so, I purchased expensive Panasonic LUMIX G X vario 12-35mmF2.8 which costs over $1,000 in Canada was $200 cheaper over there and also come with 5 year extended warranty!!

This lens is equivalent to 24-70mmF2.8 on 35mm format.

Panasonic-12-35mmF2.8First of all, this lens is slightly heavier than my Panasonic GX1. It makes me a bit out of balance.

That is the reason, I started using external view finder to get better holding.



This is a panorama which I merged 7 images by Adobe Photoshop.


When you do this kind of merger especially in this kind of clear sky, it is easy to get bad finish by cheap lenses due to the poor image quality around edges of each image.

Granville-Island_Panorama-Jan2015-2I think this one is done quite well due to the reasonable image quality around the edge.

Also the color balance is quite impressive. This one is merging 6 images.
When you use this kind of fast F speed luxurious lens, it is good idea to test in darker area.
So, I went to public market in Granville Island which is just near by.


Before, I was using Panasonic 14-42mmF3.5-5.6. In that case, I had to use ISO1600 at this place, but now, ISO400 is good enough at the same place!

_1190403This is even darker… but I still     could  handle with ISO400!




Photo from New York… just kidding… they were taking film in Vancouver and those New York Yellow Cabs are all movie set.

This is the twilight time in winter. But I still could handle with ISO400 without tripods.


If you want the same kind of lens for 35mm format, you will have to pay at least $2,000 and you have to deal with the weight which is like carring a rock.
When you think that way, this lens could be quite compact and reasonably priced.

Panasonic Lumix GX1 + 14-42mm F3.5-5.6
It is much bigger and heavier than my old 14-42mm lens, but I don’t need tripod as much as before and it can reduce weight too.

I can say this is a quite reasonable high quality zoom lens which I can recommend to micro four-thirds users.


Another good news is… this is “Made in Japan” !!


Leica mini M…more update…


Now….the box of mini M is a bit more open compare to last post.


Now, we can see more than before.

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Well…if I see this…I have to say my previous post was wrong. The image of Mini M was everywhere including news site!! But as far as I see, the lens is not as big as the photo we had before.

At least I still think the body is based on X2…..but talk about lens…I have no idea.

leicaminim1As I said last time, the lens is too big on this photo.

It could be zoom lens with APS-C format….or could be 35mm full-size point& shoot….

From the name, It does not sound like big brother of X2. They are calling Mini M….this means It could be 35mm point & shoot like Sony RX1.

At least those Ads. are quite interesting….but it is not attractive to me…


Digital Photo…..RAW vs JPEG

JPEG image came straight out of Camera.

JPEG image came straight out of Camera.

Vancouver night view by JPEG

This is from RAW file

When you take photography, are you taking RAW or just JPEG?

I always take Raw and JPEG together.

JPEG is type of compressed file to make file size small. When you take photo by digital camera, at first the camera take full information like RAW, then throwing away lots of information when the camera is saving files as JPEG.

But as long as you take RAW, you are getting all the information the camera can take at the moment.

This means it is much more adjustable when you do correction. Tell the truth, none of photos are good without any correction.

With the top 2 images, Raw file has more detail on the clouds. That kind of information is deleted from JPEG and that is how the file size is smaller.

100% crop from JPEG

100% crop from Raw File

100% crop from RAW file

100% crop from JPEG file

Those are cropped from 100% sizes. I could clear noise on RAW…but at the same time, it has lost some small detail compare to JPEG. Well….this is depends on what you want.. ..But I can say at least, it is better to take RAW and JPEG together if you could. For that, you will need bigger memory card and camera can get a bit slower. But it is good idea to have JPEG as sample. Without any sample, it is not that easy to adjust RAW file correctly.

For my Panasonic GX1, 16GB card can hold about 600 images. Well….it takes 4 DVDs to back up it….

CONTAX Tvs Digital

CONTAX Tvs Digital was my 1st digital camera.

I remember when it first came out 10 years ago…..I was in New Zealand at that time and the price tag was $1,500!!!

I was always interested in film version of Tvs2…, I was interested in the digital version as well. But, it was way too expensive.

But thing changed in early 2005. When Kyocera announced to withdraw from camera indastory, they started big discount everywhere. I could found one for $450!

So, it became my first CONTAX , first Cirl Zeiss and first digital camera……That was amazing for many way.

I can’t forget when I first used it on my way home from shop. I had never seen such a dramatic color……That is CONTAX…….

This is the one…..what kind of color is it…….???

At the same time,  there were lots of negative surprises as well.

First of all, it is just unreliable…….it went for repair for 5 times during warranty including sending back to Japan while I was traveling North America.

Focusing and Starting are really slow. It takes 5sec. to start up and 1 sec. to focus.

But, good thing was It has Manual focus. Thanks for the deep “Depth of field”….MF is good enough for most of the time.

Thanks for the long lasting battery, I don’t need to switch on&off all the time.

That’s how the super slow camera turned into “Snap camera”.

When I went to Los Angeles 4 years ago, I forgot it in a bus. But, amazingly,  It came back to me in couple days.

I am still using it and been into contest for a few times with this camera.  Soon, I am going to Los Angeles again and this is coming with me again.