on a tent

P6216929berlin prenzlauer berg, 2017

the monty hall situation

pb122152i guess i’ll just take the middle door… no, wait! 

berlin, mitte, 2016


_a301018-001berlin mitte, 2016

potsdamer platz

_a300979berlin, october 2016



i think she’s one of the biggest birches i’ve ever met…

tree calendar

tree calendar

tiny reminder: today is the 16th of april… still 259 to go for 2014.

the wall

the wallthis was also shot in copenhagen last weekend. these walls are almost everywhere in the city because they are used to hide the construction sites behind them. i really dig their soothing green.

as you might have noticed already in the last post, i was going quite wide in copenhagen. i hadn’t used the 14mm let alone the conversion lens for a good while*. so it was a real pleasure using this combination again.

*with the exception of the spring breakout three weeks ago

nature vs.

nature vs.picture made in nørrebro, copenhagen this weekend.

spring breakout

spring breakout IIIspring breakout Ispring breakout II

time for some wide angle shots. luckily i had the 14mm with converter at hand. i hope it helped emphasising the dynamics the tree was brimming with.

swallow* reloaded

ich bin für dich da / i’m there for you

more than 15 months later the little simson duo (a.k.a. schwalbe) was parked at the same spot again. and i took the chance of putting together a bit of a picture in picture thing.

all shot with the lumix 20mm except the last one. that was taken with the 14mm with gwc1 conversion lens attached.

the original picture was gone within 10 minutes…  it was a postcard, maybe it gets written.

* many parts of the shown vehicle are from a motorbike called “schwalbe” (i.e. the bird swallow) in german.

saddle, shoes

shoes and saddle

… and the nozzle of a watering can (yes, and bricks and a baby plane and a sock).

seen in wedding again. there’s apparently always something photogenic when i visit this backyard.

strawberry sky

strawberry sky

you might already know i’m a sucker for lamp posts. but you did not know i’m also a sucker for strawberries. but then again, who isn’t…

seen at ostkreuz, friedrichshain.

i hear the rain

the rumours of summer sneaking up have been greatly exaggerated… at least here in berlin.

big red

little red

middle red

but all i love is green

i always wanted to do this but never did before. i really like the reflection of the lens (the gwc1 converter by the way) adding a bit to the structural elements of the pictures. these have all been taken through the window of the berlin s-bahn at various speeds and stations…

into the great wide open

UPDATE: of course i’ve taken some more shots with the gwc-1. you can find them here: https://dothob.wordpress.com/tag/gwc-1/

========= original post starts here >>>>

as i promised here are some more pictures taken with the panasonic gwc-1 wide angle conversion lens attached to the very nice panasonic lumix 14mm pancake. that combination amounts to a ff-equivalent focal length of 22mm and that’s pretty wide.

the pictures have been shot in prenzlauer berg and friedrichshain, berlin. some of the pictures are cross-processed but otherwise unchanged so you who might be interested in achievable shallowness of  depth of field, corner sharpness and – oh yes – barrel distortion should get an impression of the capabilities of the converter by simply clicking on the pictures…

i failed at capturing the same scene with and without the gwc-1 attached, though. but if i get a request to do so, i will seriously consider doing it…

the gwc-1 is quite (and to me surprisingly) small and very light so it does only  add neglectable bulk to the equipment. of course if you’re used to travel only with the 14mm pancake the gwc-1 will most likely double your load. but that’s about it.

corner sharpness?

some vignetting

shallow dof (quite close admittedly)

quite close (obviously)

barrel distortion? oh yesssss!

so these pictures should be enough for a first impression of the merits of the gwc-1. i think corner sharpness is acceptable though not great, vignetting is ok, achievable shallowness of dof is great (@f2.5 and reasonably close), barrel distortion is absolutely unacceptable for critical subjects but absolutely tolerable in most of (my) shooting circumstances.

but now for some more pictures…



the twins (cropped, of course)

double decker chair

second hand portrait (flea market boxhagener platz)

empty fridge

bottom line: if you are looking for a moderately expensive wide angle solution for your micro four thirds camera, get a de-kitted 14mm pancake on ebay and try to get the gwc-1 somewhere. i think you won’t regret it. i definitely don’t.

thanks for reading! the nexts posts will be less technical again… but i thought i’d share my experience since there wasn’t much to find on the gwc-1.

but just in case you don’t trust me, trust john: