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Old Jan 14, 2013, 7:18 PM   #1
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Default First time shooting with G3 outdoors

Today is a little warmer than the last few days. I took the G3 out for a test run in my neighborhood.
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 12:51 AM   #2
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Five more pictures with the G3.
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Canon EOS T3i, 7D and 70D EF 17-40mm f/4L, EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6, Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM, 430 EXII Flash.
Sony A200, SLT-A58 System with HVL-F42AM Flash.
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All very nice. What camera settings did you use in terms of pic adjustment (standard, vivid, etc), contrast, saturation? Did you post-processed those shots heavily?
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 9:23 PM   #4
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Tullio,

I am still learning and struggle at times using this camera. First of all, this camera is very small compared to my Canon equipments. Often times my fingers accidentally touch a button I shouldn't have and it screws the picture. Anyway, I like this camera a lot, perhaps good enough to take it to my next vacation.

Here is my camera settings:

Picture style: Standard
Contrast: +1
Sharpness: +2
Saturation: 0
I Dynamic: High
I Resolution: EX

I don't do much software post processing on these pictures just adjustment on the vibrancy, contrast, highlight and brightness using ACDSee Pro 3.0.

Picture #2 was taken with a polarizing filter on top of my Hoya HMC UV(0) filter. I was too lazy to remove the UV filter. It was difficult to judge if I set the polarizing filter correctly because my glasses change color in the sunlight making it hard to see. However, the result came out pretty well even I didn't know what I was doing.

Again, thank you for your help on the camera and other topics.
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Canon EOS T3i, 7D and 70D EF 17-40mm f/4L, EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6, Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM, 430 EXII Flash.
Sony A200, SLT-A58 System with HVL-F42AM Flash.
Mirrorless APS-C camera: Samsung NX100, Canon EOS-M.
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Thanks for sharing the info. Your camera settings are very close to what I have set except for iDynamic, which I have it set to standard. I've also been playing with Photo Style set to Natural instead of standard. The colors are not as saturated but it seems like DR is a bit better.
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I am changing the Picture Style to Natural and give it a try. Les also mentioned setting it to natural on a previous posting.
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According to the user's guide, Natural produces softer images. I like sharp images so I'm not sure I'll be keeping this setting. I quite liked the images you posted here. The colors are rich but with a natural look.
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 11:25 AM   #8
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The 14-42mm kit lens is not bad at all although the 14-45mm is a lot superior considering the fact that I only paid $50 for the 14-42mm with the G3. I don't know what I can get with $50 these days. The first picture was taken with the 14-42mm and the image comes out surprisingly sharp. The ducks were taken with the 45-200mm and it also working out pretty well providing that they are not moving or moving very fast. I guess this is the drawback of a M4/3 camera but then I have my Canon for that purpose anyway.
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Canon EOS T3i, 7D and 70D EF 17-40mm f/4L, EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6, Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM, 430 EXII Flash.
Sony A200, SLT-A58 System with HVL-F42AM Flash.
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To get good results with the 45-200mm, you have to really follow the RoT for shutter speed (1/FL). Since this is a slow lens, good light is a must when shooting above 125mm. Besides this lens I also have the Zuiko 40-150mm. It's smaller and much lighter but it does not have image stabilization. However, even though the G3 does not have IBIS, I manage to get much sharper images with it than with the 45-200mm. It is of course 100mm shorter but I think it's a good compromise. The G3 AF system is very fast compared to older m4/3 models (both from Panasonic and Olympus).
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