In the last year, I’ve been on a search. I’ve always been drawn to a sort of camera nirvana. a purity. One small camera with three small prime lenses that could photograph nearly everything I want. A take anywhere and everywhere camera. Getting back to the basics of photography. Taking images just for pure pleasure of it without breaking my back due to the weight and being noticed by those around me. Understated and discreet. I started out in my photography career wanting everything. Every lens. Every new camera. Full frame, yes. More mega pixels, yes. Higher ISO, yes. It’s has taken me years to realise than none of it really matters. No matter what camera I’ve in my hand, my photographs will be the same. Colour will change (subjective) due to the processor but that’s really it. So I’ve some basic requirements that will need to be met:
- Small body
- Small lenses
- Silent shutter
So this brings me to my test of the Panasonic GX8. I realise it’s been updated now by the GX9 but that camera just doesn’t really appeal to me. So along with a Panasonic 25 1.7 (the cheapest Panasonic lens you can buy) I popped into the Catholic Cathedral in Norwich. Stunning building and interior! I always like to test new equipment in spaces like this as the lighting can be testing. I figure, if a camera can do well here, then it can do well anywhere. You’ll see lots of images from here and Norwich Cathedral on this blog.
Just a small note. I know I could have taken the above image at 1/60 and 800 ISO but I wanted to test faster shutter speeds just in case I’d want to freeze limited movement in my images. In fact all of these images could’ve been shot at 1/25 of a second quite easily.
The images looked OK to me so I ventured out into Norwich city centre at Christmas to see how the camera performed.
Again all looked OK. So how’s it been since? Don’t know, I sold it. Why? I printed some images at high ISO at 16 inches by 12 inches (3200 ISO) and to be honest, they looked mushy.
In terms of handling, the Panasonic GX8 it one of the best handling cameras I’ve ever had. It worked perfectly. It focused very fast and accurately. Colour was good. Very good!Had I only ever planned to publish my images online it would have been great. But for me, photographs needs to be printed.
But my search continues!
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