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Old Sunday 5th May 2013, 11:09   #1
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Panasonic GX1

I've just got myself the Panasonic GX1 with LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S.

Macro mode seems to be the most recommended method for use with compact cameras so I thought that might also apply to this camera. However, macro mode is only available as a preset or using Intelligent Auto on the GX1 - thereby eliminating other options such as setting aperture priority.

What settings do micro four thirds users apply when digiscoping?

By the way I will be connecting the camera to a Swarovski ATS 65ED using the DCB11.

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Old Sunday 5th May 2013, 13:43   #2
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The power zoom seems to work well for digiscoping, it is slightly soft at the long end but below that the results look good (I'm using one on a GF5). I tend to use mine in A and with continuous shooting activated. What eyepiece will you be using? I use mine with a 30x and vingetting only occurs upto about 18mm so you have a good usable range.
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Old Sunday 5th May 2013, 18:38   #3
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Hi Postcardcv,
I should have said that I have the 25-50x zoom. Used at 25x there's no vignetting - at less than full zoom on the camera lens but can't say how much less than full.

Was out trying my hand earlier on but results were poor. That was due to only finding subjects (Mallard, Moorhen, and gulls) that were at least 80m distant with very flat light, which meant the autofocus was never going to have an easy time, and still figuring out how to work the camera.

Also, the self-timer isn't much help with a 2 second delay (my wee Canon Ixus 300HS has a configurable self-timer - eg, 1 second and take x number of shots). I've remedied that by ordering a remote release.

Although the shots I took were poor I can see the potential. Need to practice!

I have to say I was a bit disappointed when I seen some comparative shots, taken at the long end, of the GX Vario and the other 14-42. The GX was much softer. But, its the one I needed for use with the DCB11.

thanks for your reply.

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