It was a slow day. A day to relax. My wife took some photos for my Slide camera strap review. One of them was of me faking to be in action... with my lens cap on. I did not put it in the review but it's ok, you can laugh at me here in this post. Pro at work! ;)
I received a Panasonic GM1 with the 12-32mm lens and the Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 from Panasonic Canada today. They are lending them to me for two weeks for testing purpose. I knew the GM1 was small. I saw many pictures of it, but you don't realize how small it really is until you hold it in your hand. Note here that I say hand and not hands. It literally fit in the palm of my hand and I have small hands. My wife and daughter both had girly reactions of: «ooooohhhhh, that is so cuuuuuuuuute!»
I took a few pictures with the GM1 and 12-32mm and I'm impressed by the little lens. I didn't think it would be that sharp. The aperture is not wide enough for the kind of work I usually do but I think this would be a great combo for backpackers.
Juno, the big winter storm, forecast for the north-east of the United States, did not bring us any snow. The strong winds were present though and it made it freezing outside. I still went running and I brought the little GM1 in my pants' pocket. This thing is really small and light. It did not bother me at all when I was running. I had more problems with my glasses going all frosty. A good thing my myopia is not that bad.
I tested the GM1 for a couple of food photos. I made myself a Chorizo/Red beans omelette panini. Delicious! The coffee helped getting back some heat into those chilled bones.
A couple of weeks ago, I did an interview with Ugo Cei and Mathieu Gasquet, from Mirrorlessons, for a show named The State of Mirrorless. It got published on Tuesday so if you want to hear my bad English accent, head over to F-Stop Lounge. I know, I smile way too much, but what can I say, I'm a happy guy. ;)
Sunny and cold. It would be a perfect running day if it was not for the wind. The sun was warming me up. I went to run with the GM1 again since the light was way better than yesterday. I'm not sure I would carry it for a half marathon but for training, it does not bother me at all. I got some nice photo out of it this morning, on my favorite road. I should make a photo album of those places over the year. It could be an interesting project to see it in different seasons and time of day.
It was also the unofficial Bread day! Those might look good, but I assure you they smell and taste even better than that.
Shocking news today! OMG! After 4 and a half months with our beloved cat, Mya, I made a discovery. I was siting on the couch reading and she passed in front of me, lay on her back and started doing her toilet... Then BAM! It hit me! Euh, what are those things between her hind legs. Mya, come here, let me take a look at those things. Hmmm... Two of them! GAH! Mya, you're a MALE! Why didn't you say so earlier. At least I found out the day before her appointment with the vet. See, I say HER again. I'm not sure I will be able to get over it and say him. One thing is sure, he will keep his name. So from this day on, let it be known that Mya can be a name for male cats.
I had to be at the car workshop at 7:45 that morning, and I left early because of the snow. The roads were slippery. I didn't have time to eat breakfast so I went to a restaurant close by. I took a few shots with the GM1, but I was not in the mood. Not enough sleep i guess. When I got back home, I decided to check the old lenses I had. My father gave me two old 35mm cameras. One with a fixed lens and the other a SLR. I have a nice Hanimar 50mm f/1.7 but since I don't have an adaptor for m42 mounts, I tried making a macro lens out of it with old extensions tubes I had for my Canon. It looks a bit funny but it works.
At the end of the day, I had a very nice surprise. My friends Mathieu and Heather, at Mirrorlessons, published an article on the 10 blogs to follow in 2015. Guess who is on that list? Yup! Mirrorless Journey! It made me so happy. Most people have no idea how much work is involved with a blog. Finding ideas and writing about them is just one part (the fun part). Trying to get the blog some visibility is a lot harder. I write so people can read me. If I did not want to be read, I would have a diary somewhere on my desk. But trying to get people to find your blog is tough and tiresome. So getting acknowledgement from my peers puts a really big smile on my face. If you want to read the post and see all the other nice blogs on their list, head over to that link.
Saturday is the hip-hop day. My youngest boy and my girl both have dance lessons. It was an opportunity to test the 35-100mm f/2.8 inside. I also went out to take some photos with the GM1. At the risk of repeating myself, It's so freaking cold outside these days. I was there for 10-15 minutes, then I was done. Even with warm gloves, my fingers were frozen so bad I had trouble moving them. God bless the one who invented heated steering wheels. Someone was running around the lake. Tough guy!