2014-05-02

Shooting portraits and landscapes with the Panasonic GX7 & Leica 45mm f/2.8 Macro-Elmarit lens

This weekend at Park Cameras, you can save an extra £100 on the Panasonic LUMIX GX7 with the 20mm or 14-42mm lenses. Last August we were lucky enough to see the camera for ourselves on the launch date (which you can see on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/parkcameras). With this fantastic offer available, I thought I’d try out the GX7 for myself, with a variety of lenses. Please read on for my thoughts.

My personal camera is a Nikon D800, and I enjoy using it to take a variety of landscapes. With it I have a host of lenses that I have to carry around for the different environments I might find myself in.  With the odd accessory like a tripod to lug around, it does take a toll on ones back!


Going on holiday make this an impossible task.  However, the Panasonic GX7 is a perfect camera to carry around even if you owed five lenses, as it is so compact. You’re probably thinking bigger is surely better, but the specification on the GX7 is amazing for such a small package.

It’s 16MP live MOS sensor delivers outstanding quality even at the higher ISO's. To assist shooting, the GX7 features a built in viewfinder that can be tilted so you can shoot at different angles. It also has a 3" tiltable touch screen which certainly comes in handy for those very low shoots, and this saves me bending down!

I was trying the GX7 with the standard 20mm f/1.7II. This is such an ideal lens to carry around for street photography, and gives outstanding sharpness and depth being a prime lens.

A lot of my recent photos have been close-ups / macro work and this is sometimes quite hard to capture with some of the larger DSLRs and their traditional viewfinders, whereas the focusing on the GX7 is a pleasure to use.

The touch screen allows you to pin point exactly where you would like it focus on, simply by the touch of your finger.  If you want more control the 'Focus Peaking' allows a manual focus aid for superb accuracy - the Leica 45mm f/2.8 Macro-Elmarit is a perfect lens to try this on.

Being in the trade for many years, I simply had to try out the new Leica 42.5mm f/1.2 Nocticron on the GX7. WOW what a lens!! The image 'POPS' out of the screen for dramatic portrait shoots.
Even at an aperture of f/1.2, this lens delivers sharp results.

Last, but not least for those gadget users, Panasonic offer a free app on Google Play or iTunes called simply 'Panasonic Image App'.  This allows you to watch the same live view image on your phone or tablet.   If your Smartphone is equipped with NFC functionality, you can perform the initial Wi-Fi settings and establish a connection simply by touching your GX7 camera with your smartphone!

You can see the Panasonic LUMIX GX7 and range of lenses in our stores in Burgess Hill, West Sussex and Central London. In both stores, you can touch and try them out for yourself. Alternatively visit www.ParkCameras.com you can see the LUMIX range online.

If you’ve got a question about the Panasonic LUMIX GX7, why not post a comment in the box below and we’ll do our best to answer them for you.

Martin
Park Cameras

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