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Old Saturday 26th December 2009, 10:54   #251
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Hi martin, can you tell me what adapter you use with your kowa please, and how well balanced is it?
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At last I have managed to get some decent images on my G1.
To be fair I haven't given it a proper go just recently but on Tuesday I had the opportunity to do some experiments.
I made some minor adjustments to the settings and even though the light was not good and the shutter speeds were low (the fastest in this set was 1/200) I was very pleased with the results.
For anyone interested there are more shots on the blog.
I used the kit lens with a kowa 823 and 32xlens.
The adjust ments were made in metering.
All thebirds were quite close the furthest being about 10m.
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Old Saturday 26th December 2009, 18:29   #252
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Is the UCA the best choice for an adapter for the ATS65 Swaro scope along with 20-60x zoom? And what lens for the G(h)-1 would work my scope and eyepiece? I am currently considering if I should buy the DCA or UCA for my P6000 and perhaps future G-1.
The UCA is useful for the P6000 as it allows more unvignetted range with the zoom eyepiece. It will also enable you to mount the G1 with various lenses and keep AF.
It's main disadvantage is that it's a bit unwieldy for walking around as it's tends to snag branches easily.
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Old Saturday 26th December 2009, 18:45   #253
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I had little pratice today at bird feeder. Not enough time to stay long, so only one of few keepers. It is very hard to manual focus and get spot on sharpnes. Luckily G1 have nice zoom for focusing.

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Old Saturday 26th December 2009, 19:18   #254
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Unwrapped the G1 and the kit lens yesterday and got out today for a few mins to test it out on the 30x DS Nikon eyepiece.
Pics attached show the amount of vignetting. Pic one is at 14 two at 25 and three at 45. (poor shots but show the extent of the Vignetting)
Over all I am happy with the G1 even with the vignetting which is easily cropped out.
Auto focus is great with the feature which tracks the target and continues to focus.
Very similar results with the scoptronic maxview 40.
Adapter is the FSA-3 and the 52-58mm Step ring. Which is the same as I use for the Nikon 8400.

More test shots to follow in next post.
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Old Saturday 26th December 2009, 19:20   #255
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Some before and after shots with the G1 as above
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Old Saturday 26th December 2009, 20:18   #256
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Oh, so many different lenses work aslong as I have the UCA? (Kit-lens only works with the fixed eps regardless?)

And btw, with the AF 45-200/4-5,6 Vario O.I.S Micro 4/3 the G1 can be a decent walk-along camera too? For birds.
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Old Saturday 26th December 2009, 21:19   #257
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Hi martin, can you tell me what adapter you use with your kowa please, and how well balanced is it?
Many thanks. Michael
I use the Kowa TSN-DA1A with a 52 mm thread.The 52mm thread fits into the kit lens.
I have to say it is a little heavy at the camera end but an extra half turn on the tripod screw to fix it is usually sufficient.
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Old Sunday 27th December 2009, 00:21   #258
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G1 does very well for fast moving birds.
I can't get the following non-stop bird with my 8400.

STS80HD + G1 + 14-45mm kit lens.
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Old Sunday 27th December 2009, 02:45   #259
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OH WHAT FUN

This has been one of the most interesting (and longest) threads that I have ever read.
The interest on my part was generated by the insertion of Neils spectacualr shots along with those of many others. The G1 was appropriately named #1 in '08 by who ever that was. Once they get the lens right it may go down as digiscopers choice of the decade.

If you want more fun go to the gallery and in the lower right type in panasonic G1. For the record there are plus 175 great pics there. If you type in gf1 or gh1 there is only one. There are even several beauties by the G1 with longer lenses.

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Old Sunday 27th December 2009, 10:12   #260
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Great series of shots with the G1.
what eyepiece and adapter are you using.
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Old Sunday 27th December 2009, 15:31   #261
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Great series of shots with the G1.
what eyepiece and adapter are you using.
Hi Birdsgalway,
I use 30x eyepiece.
And a DIY adapter is used.
Pls see below link for the detail.
http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=153647
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Old Thursday 31st December 2009, 16:37   #262
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Pentax K mount Micro 4/3 Adapter

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I purchased my G1 in the spring of 09 and never have been happy with the Kit lens. I was excited when the new 20mm f/1.2 was released but the first reviews mad me hesitant to purchase. Neil Fifer visited me last month and we shot several days together. Our conclusions are: the Nikon 8400 is probable the best Digiscoping camera ever made. It has its deficits but overall it is wonderful. The G1 body cannot be beat but both lenses are inadequate for Digiscoping. The glass is not ED in either lens and our guess is that the lenses have molded aspheric polymer components. The Kit lens and the 20mm lens worked well under 30 meters but were not good on distance shots. So for me; auto focus is not important and sharpness is omnipotent. I purchased a Borg adapter for the Micro 4/3 and an M-42 T-ring adapter. I had a Pentax 40mm f/2.8 pancake and a Kowa TSN-PZ photo adapter. I purchased off of eBay a SMC Pentax 50mm f/1.2 manual lens and a SMC Pentax-M 28mm F/2.8 lens. Now I am happy and satisfied with the G1. With the Lens and eyepiece combinations I have the sharpness and a range equivalence of 1120mm to 6000mm
Hi Roy

I have received my G1 and use the Kit Lens with an old Kowa TSN-4 with x20-60/TSN-DA1A , initially quite impressed (considering it was pouring with rain and shot through a bedroom window).
I had Pentax M 50/1.7 with a K1000 and had good results on the Kowa but our local Panasonic dealer tells me that there are no micro 4/3 adapters available for K mount lenses.
Can you explain the spec's part numbers for Borg adapter an M-42 T-ring adapter please?

Many thanks

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Old Friday 1st January 2010, 21:18   #263
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A few more shots with the G1 and the kit lens on the 30x DS Nikon eyepiece.
Adapter is the FSA-3 and the 52-58mm Step ring.
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Old Thursday 14th January 2010, 11:22   #264
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G1 discontinued

Apparently the G1 is to be discontinued according to the Panasonic Japanese website. http://ctlg.panasonic.jp/product/inf...g=04&hb=DMC-G1 Get one while you can.

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Apparently the G1 is to be discontinued according to the Panasonic Japanese website. http://ctlg.panasonic.jp/product/inf...g=04&hb=DMC-G1 Get one while you can.

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.... or wait for the rumoured replacement!
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I should think all the major players will be bringing out their own mirror-less cameras this coming year. I've got my eye on the soon to be released Samsung NX with its 14.6-megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor and big 3.0-inch AMOLED screen, HD video etc.

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Here is the setup for the G1 on the Swarovski scope using the Swarovski DCA adapter.
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What eyepiece is on the scope in the pictures you posted?

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Old Wednesday 10th February 2010, 22:08   #268
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Tony,

Several companies make micro 4/3 to K-mount adapters including Novoflex, Voigtlander and Fotodiox (listed in descending level of quality/features). Novoflex and Voigtlander adapters are available from B&H in NY (and elsewhere). I have the Voigtlander adapter and it is very nice. The Novoflex allows you to adjust aperture on newer K-mount lenses without aperture rings (but it is fairly expensive). None of these will let you autofocus Pentax lenses, but that is typical for adapted lenses.

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Hi Roy

I have received my G1 and use the Kit Lens with an old Kowa TSN-4 with x20-60/TSN-DA1A , initially quite impressed (considering it was pouring with rain and shot through a bedroom window).
I had Pentax M 50/1.7 with a K1000 and had good results on the Kowa but our local Panasonic dealer tells me that there are no micro 4/3 adapters available for K mount lenses.
Can you explain the spec's part numbers for Borg adapter an M-42 T-ring adapter please?

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A few more shots under low light condition.
ISO 640 and 800 were used.

STS80HD + 30X eye piece + G1 + 14-45mm kit lens.
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What eyepiece is on the scope in the pictures you posted?

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Looks like my Swaro 30x but I also like the 45x for the mudflats where I need a bit more grunt.
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A few more shots under low light condition.
ISO 640 and 800 were used.

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Very nice images. Just goes to show what the kit zoom can do at close range where AF is useful.
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Amazing photos Neil, the feather details on the birds are really spectacular. Is the G1 much better in this area then the P6000?
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Testing out digiscoping without a tripod last week ( to save weight ) I used the G1 with the Panasonic 20/1.7 at high iso. I was pleased with some of the results I got bracing the scope against the window ledge and the camera against my forehead using the Electronic Viewfinder.
The distance was about 80 metres.
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As it is my birthday soon I was able to get hold of the much anticipated Lumix G1 yesterday for the grand price of US770 with the kit lens and an 8 gig card. I went out this morning very early without having a chance to read the manual so will update with all the features later.
The good news for digiscoping is that the kit zoom (14 - 45 ) lens is internally focusing and has a 52 mm thread. My DCA adapter screwed straight in and as the camera/lens combo is light I was able to use it unsupported. Vignetting was only slight on the Swarovski 30x eyepiece ( 20 mm of ER ) and disappeared with one zoom click at 18 mm (42 mm in the old money or 1260 mm ) . Auto focus seemed to work well using the Electronic Viewfinder as well as the LCD screen as you would expect. I took this image at iso 400 as light levels were low when I started but there is still no apparent noise. I took photos down to iso 100 and all steps in-between, but I didn't try higher today. The shrike was at iso 160, flycatcher at iso 400 and the wagtail at iso 100 .
A nice feature is that when you move your eye up to the viewfinder the lcd screen cuts off automatically.
I shot some RAW images as well but haven't processed them yet. The camera does slow down when shooting RAW but you can get a short series of shots first before it needs to process which takes some time.
I got the maroon colored one which makes a change from boring black.
I was interested in the Olympus 50/2.0 Macro lens for this but no-one had stock and they didn't have the adapter either but I'm quite impressed with the kit zoom.
The old 8400 has a worthy successor.
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Great stuff - definately need to hear more about this - Thinking / saving to get into this - would like to use my Canons G7 and G10 on a Kowa TSN-882. CAN YOU SUPPLY SOME INFO........??? please contact me if you find time- <klaris.hans@gmail.com> THANKS !!!

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3) The G1 works with the SMC XW14 eyepiece because the latter has a huge diameter, approximately the same size as the G1 lens. The G1 would probably NOT work on scopes with much smaller diameter eyepieces, e.g. Nikon Fieldscopes. ... [quote=jimscarff;1427174]


I am really interested in the new lumix G2 because of its HD video capabilities and swivel touch screen.
I use a Nikon RAIII Spotting Scope and am thinking of getting the 30x Wide Eye Piece which has a 19,8 mm Eye Relief in order to use the kit zoom lens of the G2.
Since it seems that the diameter of the eyepiece influences the amount of vingetting could someone tell me if the 30x Wide Eyepiece for the Nikon Scope could work? The exit diameter of the 16-48 Zoom eyepiece the Scope comes with is about 1,6 cm (e.g. 0,63 inches) and the total diameter of the eyepiece is 4,5 cm (1,7 inches), but i do not know if the 30x wide eyepiece has a larger or smaller exit diameter or total diameter.
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