Testing Possibilities with the Panasonic LF1

I would expect my viewers to look at the above pictures and wonder why they are here.  Before I tell you why, I will tell you what is common about all 4 images.  They were all taken with my pocket Panasonic LF1 camera using the raw mode and they were all taken at the extreme end of the zoom range … an effective 200 mm.  They were then all cropped quite a bit and then resized larger to get the images shown here.  Look at them in gallery mode by clicking on anyone of them and then take a look at the full size image by selecting it below the gallery picture.

The first two were taken looking half-way across the relatively dark Omni Room and then through a window in the door.  The third was taken in bright sun light with strong shadows.  The last one is of the light reflecting off the water onto the inside of the concrete under a bridge.  Many would consider these to be challenging images with a good DSLR camera with a long zoom lens.

As to why you are seeing these images in my blog, I have had a resurgence of pain in my back and have not been walking often or far with my other larger cameras.  Whenever this happens I tend to get depressed from the lack of pictures and start worrying about a future without being able to make pictures.  That is the primary reason I purchased my Panasonic LF1 camera … to always have a camera that I could keep with me.  But there is another reason.

I have gotten tired of taking pictures of the same scenes over and over each day.  To overcome this lack of new things to photograph I have to get more creative in making pictures out of smaller details and they generally require a long focal length lens or a macro lens.  I know the LF1 is fair at getting images of things up close but I am never sure about long distance images, or of images with extreme lighting; so, that is the reason for these “test” images.  My conclusions are to never under-estimate the abilities of this small camera since the images are fair (not great) when it is used under the right conditions and second, I could use it more often.  Can I use it to replace my other cameras … Never!  It is OK for making an image when I don’t have my other cameras with me, but if I need better quality, my Fuji and Pentax systems are a lot better due to the larger sensor size and better lenses; but, they come with weight, size, and cost penalties.