Monday, November 30, 2015

MY GM1 12-32 Kit Lens BROKE!!

If you are following my photo blog, you will know that I just ADORE my little LUMIX GM1 and it's tiny Lumix G 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens!

For the last two years, I have been using this set up for everything from food to line dancing.

I love this little lens for its compactness and good sharpness, so what if it is not very "bright" at F3.5 but I can live with that!

To maintain the compactness of this little lens, you need to twist the lens barrel to extend the lens and make the GM1 active. The camera WILL NOT WORK if the lens is not extended.

Now I suppose you realised that, if you switch on your camera thousands of time to take pictures, you will have also twist and extend the little lens thousands of time!


If you read my review on the LUMIX FZ300, you will realise how impressed I was with this SUPER-ZOOM camera with a small sensor!

For those of you who do not understand how and why a DIGITAL CAMERA SENSOR work, please read some of the articles here.

Sensor sizes are important in digital photography because in general, THE LARGER the sensor, THE BETTER image quality you will get.

But how true is that assumption?

Before we go on, let us look at the type of sensors that digital cameras come in.

The diagram, of course is NOT the actual size, to put it in perspective, see below...

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Lumix DMC-FZ300, the Works..

Thanks to Panasonic NZ, I had the opportunity to "play around" with their marvellous weather sealed "Super-Zoom" Bridge camera, the Lumix DMC-FZ300.

For the last three week ends, I have the chance to shoot different subjects and different functions; I even took shots in HIGH ISO 1,600 at an indoor festival!

Before I go on, I like to point out that, even though the rear monitor's resolution has increased from 460,000 dots in the FZ200 to 1,040,000 dots and includes touch control, I only use it for low-angle framing!

The monitor is fine, it is just me, who believe the best way to frame and get a good shot is by looking through a view-finder!

And what an incredibly good EVF this camera have!

The new EVF has been upgraded to an OLED display with 2,360,000 dots, compared with 1,312,000 dots in the older camera. It is bright and so life like that I ended up using the EVF most of the time!