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Old Apr 25, 2012, 10:26 AM   #1
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Default Panasonic 14mm in it's natural habitat; the grand canyon

sunrise @ yavapi point f5



sunrise yavapi point grand canyon by ramcewan, on Flickr

many more to come when I get time to sort through all the pictures
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Beautiful vantage point. Awesome time of the day to be shooting. I've done sunrise at the much smaller Palo Duro Canyon here in Texas. Not only a beautiful time of the day to be there for shooting, but just to experience the place.

I don't know if you were there alone or if there were 50 others there at that time doing the same thing, but I walked in at Palo Duro before sunrise, was at the scenic point a little over a mile from the still-closed entrance all by myself and the sound of the turkeys, birds, coyotes, etc, was just beautiful.

The 14mm Panasonic is a tiny, tiny lens. I don't think you can buy a smaller lens for this system.
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Old Apr 25, 2012, 5:05 PM   #3
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I really like this image.

I don't yet have any but the 14-42 micro lenses (spending on updating the home so it may be a while) I enjoy seeing what the micro lenses do and am amazed at the results most of the time. It doesn't seem fair that such tiny lenses do so well.
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bob and greg,

thank you for checking it out and your kind words.

greg - the canyon was actually very uncrowded surprisingly my wife and I were the only ones at this one spot for a while.

here's another shot at the desert view (furthest east on the south rim) mid afternoon was cloudy but I think added drama and depth. Did a little pp on this one


20120423 desert view with river by ramcewan, on Flickr
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Oh! This is a wonderful and yes the clouds lend greatly to the image. Personally I would brighten and strongly sharpen this one.
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Lovely shots (particularly the second one with a strong colorful foreground at the bottom). The Lumix 14mm is a great little lens. Very sharp and I find it deals with high contrast better than the 20mm, which tends to over expose clipping the highlights. If it wasn't for that, I'd have kept mine and saved $200+ that cost me extra to buy the Leica 25mm.
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The Leica has to be a sweet lens, must be razor sharp.
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It is a very nice lens. It's sharp, 25mm is a good FL (well I'm used to it since the old film days) and certainly the f1.4 max aperture is the icing on the cake.
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I hear you. I've had several film SLRs and never did own a lens with a focal length of less than 50mm. Of all the film SLRs I had, I thought the Minolta Maxxum and lenses had the best IQ, especially color depth and vibrance.
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I've had a Praktica (first SLR), Olympus, Pentax and Ricoh and like the Ricoh best. It had an innovative mirror design, which reduced the vibration caused by the mirror when it flipped. It was almost totally silent. It had a duo-focus prism: split circle and blurriness...it was impossible to miss focus between the two. IMO, a much more efficient system than the current focus assist systems which enlarges the image. IQ was also excellent. If I can still find film and a place to have it developed, I'm going to buy one and try to see how IQ compares with my m4/3 system. Ah, I might have to find battery as well...that might not be so difficult.
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