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G1X Mk II - now that you've had it a while, loves and hates

 
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Dec 05, 2014 10:06 |  #1

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I have had my Mk II for 6-7 months now. I am certain I am not getting what I could be getting from this camera. I tend to go for HDR too often, and even on Art Std it's oversaturated but many times looks not too bad on the big screen although sometimes too garish.

I am finding, so far, that using it without HDR is very dull - HDR is too much, non HDR too little - washed out. I use manual perhaps 25% of the time although for just walking around tend to use automatic when not using HDR - sometimes I do both HDR and auto of a similar scene to see which I like better.

What are your thoughts? What did you do to crack the code, so to speak? A friend just bought a new Nikon Coolpix as her small walking around camera (already has a nice dSLR by Nikon but like me wanted something smaller to wander with) and her photos from her small camera are just blowing mine away. The zoom is much better, she is getting much better Bokeh and DOF (even when I use manual), and in general her photos really do look like they could be from an SLR and mine frankly do not.

I will say I hate using the LCD as my viewfinder - just hate it - and probably should spring for a clip on viewfinder.

Thank you for any thoughts.


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Dec 05, 2014 13:06 |  #2

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Good morning

I have had my Mk II for 6-7 months now. I am certain I am not getting what I could be getting from this camera. I tend to go for HDR too often, and even on Art Std it's oversaturated but many times looks not too bad on the big screen although sometimes too garish.

I am finding, so far, that using it without HDR is very dull - HDR is too much, non HDR too little - washed out. I use manual perhaps 25% of the time although for just walking around tend to use automatic when not using HDR - sometimes I do both HDR and auto of a similar scene to see which I like better.

What are your thoughts? What did you do to crack the code, so to speak? A friend just bought a new Nikon Coolpix as her small walking around camera (already has a nice dSLR by Nikon but like me wanted something smaller to wander with) and her photos from her small camera are just blowing mine away. The zoom is much better, she is getting much better Bokeh and DOF (even when I use manual), and in general her photos really do look like they could be from an SLR and mine frankly do not.

I will say I hate using the LCD as my viewfinder - just hate it - and probably should spring for a clip on viewfinder.

Thank you for any thoughts.

It sounds as though you may possibly be not using the camera to the best of its ability. The G1x mk 11 is one of the best cameras on the market for image quality with a fantastic lens and sensor combination.
Rather than use the HDR function try the exposure bracketing of 3 images instead you will get better results instead of the surreal images you get sometimes with HDR.
I,ve compared the Nikon-Sony-Fuji variants and its the Fuji Pro that probably matches the G1x mk11 on IQ, handling etc.
Are you shooting in Raw format or using the cameras Jpeg engine, the G1x mk11 should match up with any low to medium DSLR on the market. At the moment I am shooting starscapes and I am quite suprised how good they are compared to my 5D mk111.
The only negative for me is the LCD screen its too reflective and its extent of movement is limited, other than that its quite a good compact camera with decent value for money.


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Dec 05, 2014 14:00 |  #3

Thanks Judder

I know I'm not getting what I should. I just don't know what I am doing wrong.

I will post a few here later.

Thank you for your reply...


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Dec 05, 2014 14:08 |  #4

I tried HDR and just cannot understand why anyone would want to use it.I use RAW and nightshot ,mostly TV priority mode.
The camera is just so good at 90% of stuff.My only gripe is that the auto focus does seems to get lost occaionally ,just wont lock in.I have worked around it but sometimes annoying but overall just love the results .
On the video side i wish it had an external mic socket.




  
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Dec 06, 2014 06:03 |  #5

HDR can be over the top with saturation. Under the functions button is My colors in the dropdown, I have used "Vivid" and had good results.




  
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Dec 06, 2014 11:28 |  #6

THANK YOU. That may do the trick - changing my colors to be a little more peppy. I will play with that a little.

Shortly I will post some examples.


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Dec 06, 2014 12:17 |  #7

Here are some. Keep in mind these are the ones I think are ACCEPTABLE - NOT BAD.

I guess there isn't much point in this exercise of sharing since I don't save the ones I'm unhappy with. However, many of the below were HDR and thus too vivid.

I do want to point out, though, that it takes a while for me to hunt for a photo I am moderately happy with, out of a day's work, compared to my 7D for instance. Just because there are a dozen decent ones below doesn't mean I did not discard 100s more.

PS plus the below look like they came from a P&S. Postcardy.

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Dec 07, 2014 03:25 |  #8

They just need a bit of post processing with the saturation levels, if you are setting to Vivid option then obviously you will get that, the vivid option suits the last 2 images. The first 2 images you can turn down the greens, most of the rest the HDR works well with the stone work because it brings out the detail and textures.


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Dec 07, 2014 08:15 as a reply to  @ Judder Man's post |  #9

Thank you Judder

I am heading out shortly for brunch and will seek some photos I am not happy with, when I get home later today.


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Here is one I took today, zooming quite a bit. I'm actually happy with this one. However the light isn't too challenging - there isn't a huge difference between light and dark.

That said, it's from the first batch I took using the new Vivid color setting as mentioned above, and just a touch of PP - not much at all.

More later.. some older one...

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Dec 08, 2014 09:19 |  #11

Only had mine a couple weeks now and really haven't put it through it's paces but have seen enough so that I am leaving my 5D MkII at home while I'm on the road. It's definitely a keeper.


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Dec 08, 2014 14:20 |  #12

Al Rohrer wrote in post #17320235 (external link)
Only had mine a couple weeks now and really haven't put it through it's paces but have seen enough so that I am leaving my 5D MkII at home while I'm on the road. It's definitely a keeper.

I've used my 5d mk11 twice since i bought the g1x mk11. :-)


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Dec 11, 2014 12:36 |  #13

I hope this doesn't offend you, Trumper, as I am not trying to.

But the example you posted, while nice, is part of what I was unhappy with in my own G1X Mk II. It's not even a saturation issue I don't think. It's a good photo, but the color is kind of washed out. It also isn't very crisp, especially the far off hills.

I still have to sort out the ones I don't like from my stack...


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Dec 13, 2014 15:11 |  #14

I am surprised,maybe it could be the fact the photo has had to be resized.It is a snap ,no post processing done it was taken from an extremely dark area looking out over a brighter background .
I would be very interested to see what camera can produce something substantially better.
Still love it and the 5d mk11 still sits in the cupboard. :)




  
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Christmas day, all alone, me and my G1X MkII riding down the road in a red Peterbilt tractor, shot one handed through the windshield, ISO 640, Evaluative Metering, AWB, Auto Exposure. All I did was hold the camera, as still as I could get it, and push the shutter button, at 62 MPH in a truck.
Not perfect, not by any means, but this is straight out of the camera, no adjustments whatsoever, and I have plenty to work with here. Love the color.

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