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Panasonic GF1 and Optech Pro Loop Connectors

I’m a big fan of OpTech Straps. I had ordered a OpTech Classic Pro Loop Strap for my GF1 the other day. I wanted to use the strap from my D200 in the mean time. When I tried to attach the Pro Loop connectors, I was sadly frustrated by the tiny lugs on the GF1. I took a little bit of my hacker instinct, and decided to cut the leather attachment threading to open the loops up and attach them in a “permanent” way. The results are great and seem very secure. See more info below.

– Sean

Close Up of the leather that gets un-stitched

I used an x-acto knife to cut the threads in the leather shown here. The threads are in a box pattern with an “X” inside. The loops are already open, and don’t need to be cut once the stitching is removed. Next, i put the open loop through the GF1 Lugs, positioned the leather back on them so the strap would hang with the buckles facing in. Next, I put a few stitches in to hold everything in place so I could stich it back up without things moving around. Make sure your new stitches go through both parts of the loop – I positioned the loop ends carefully so that they were under the original needle holes. Then finish up the stitching, and repeat on the other connector.

Full Strap from my D200 now attached

I’m very happy with the results. The only downside is that the loop connectors would need to be cut off to take them off the GF1. I’ve never removed the connectors from my D200 until I did this mod…. so not a big deal for me.

The loop connectors attached together in “Hand Strap” configuration

In this photo, you can see the 2 loop adapters connected to each other, with the padded portion of the strap removed. This creates a nice hand strap when the full strap is not needed. The Optech snap in connectors are very secure and have never accidentally disconnected on my D200.

Let me know if you have any questions by leaving a comment.

Panasonic GF1 Diary – Day 1

Guitar in Window Display

I just received my Panasonic GF1 and 20mm f/1.7 lens from Amazon. I’ve been wanting one since it was announced… and I finally scrimped and saved enough to justify the fairly high cost. I’m going to start posting some images and thoughts about the camera as I get more familiar with it.
Trying to get a deal…

I like to get a good deal. After shopping around at Keh and B&H for a used GF1, I came upon a camera at Amazon Warehouse Deals. It was listed as “Used/Good” condition for $777. I decided to roll the dice and try to save $122 . A week later the camera has arrived. I opened the box to find everything I was supposed to, without any obvious wear or tear on the camera (the box was a little worn). I popped in my memory card and took a shot which got numbered around 350 proving that the camera had definitely taken a few shots in someone else’s hands. I tested out the camera and lens, and decided it was a keeper. Since the camera is not an officially refurbished one and had the warranty card in the box, I’m hoping that Panasonic will honor the 1 year warranty if anything crops up.

Cherry Blossoms and White Fence

Out with the old

I’ve been using a Canon G9 for some time as my everyday shooter. In general, I’ve been pretty happy with it. It’s main shortcomings are in the responsiveness department, lack of dynamic range… and noise above ISO 200. The lens is a little slow, but pretty darn sharp around f/5.6. I haven’t been overly impressed with the image stabilization, finding my self shooting 3 or 4 images to make sure I got a sharp one at lower shutter speeds. Overall, the G9 has been the best point and shoot I ever owned… I’m letting my wife take ownership if she wants too, otherwise it’s going up for sale to help pay for the GF1.

5th Ave. Window Display

GF1 Initial Impressions
I’ve only had the camera for one full day, but I’m going to give my initial gut reaction.
First the downsides…

  • With the 20mm attached i the camera is slightly bigger than I expected
  • When shooting in spot focus mode, the buttons move the focus area, and don’t give you direct access to settings like ISO. *** Edited – See comments below for the setting to change this behavior. Thanks David!
  • Shooting with the lcd is ok, but glare has already been an issue on the first day. I don’t plan on buying the hot shoe evf, but an optical finder for the 20mm may be in my future.

And then the upsides:

  • As all of the reviews of the 20mm f/1.7 have already said… Wow! It really is a super lens. Click the shot below for a full res crop @ f/4
  • Auto focus is fast and accurate… impressive for contrast detection AF.
  • When processed in Lightroom 3 Beta 2… the images are looking great.

Tie and Hat Stand (click for full res. crop)

The GF1 is an interesting camera. I don’t see myself buying many lenses for it… maybe a fast wide prime at some point. I don’t see it replacing my D200… but I’ll have to see how often the SLR gets taken along now. Without the 20mm 1.7, I don’t think the GF1 would be nearly as compelling

All of the GF1 photos in this post were processed with Adobe Lightroom 3 Beta 2. I just started playing with it to process the photos from the new camera… and I’m very impressed so far. The free beta is available for download at Adobe Labs… If you are a GF1 user and you shoot raw images… check it out.

NYC Cabbie (click for full res. crop)