Saturday, 2 April 2011

Panasonic DMC GF-1

A month or so ago I got the chance to use a Panasonic DMC GF-1 and put it through its paces as a potential camera for digiscoping. I used the 14-45mm lens and all shots where hand held to the lens. its possible to shot using different aspect ratios and with the 14-45mm lens found the vignetting was greatly reduced at 16:9 ratio (wide screen). A few shots using my 45x lens were impressive given that when tested on other cameras this lens only works when the light is fantastic.

View of North Warren RSPB reserve south marsh.

Hand held shot using 30wwX lens the dark streak to the right hand side of the image is due to the camera being hand held and being slightly off line. A UCA would overcome this as it comes with a 52mm adaptor which will screw straight onto the 14-45mm lens of the Panasonic.    

Shot of a Collard Dove in less than ideal light conditions using the Swarovski 45x lens and 80mm HD scope. Zooming in with the 14-45mm lens increases vignetting , 14-18mm seems best.  
Blackbird - taken using 30wwX lens and camera set at 16:9 aspect, slight cropping to remove vignetting.

Collard Doves - same settings as Blackbird above.

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