3 months with the GH1
I’m about 3 months into my return to carrying a larger camera in the form of the Panasonic GH1. None of my initial impressions have diminished much. I was really hoping that I would get used to carrying a larger camera again, but I’m afraid my hope was misplaced. As the photo illustrates, it much closer to a DSLR than a serious compact. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy photographing with it. But the size is just such that I’m just not that keen to lug it around. And this is one of the smallest DLSR type cameras mind you. Although the weight is not significant, the size dictates that a padded pouch becomes the size of a small messenger bag.
I’m still considering a smaller lens like the well regarded 20mm f1.7. That would change the profile quite a lot, actually. I should then be able to fit it in a much smaller bag. But I bet it will still feel bulky.
Then there is the subject reaction. Pointing the Ricoh around doesn’t raise too many enybrows, but pointing this lens around draws more attention to the camera that results in less candid people shots. It hasn’t been bad, because this is not a honking huge DSLR, but it’s big enough that it looks “serious”. I’m best off using the excellent articulated live view, which lets me hold the camera down near waist level where it’s less intimidating.