Last week I shared my desire for a new camera. At that time, I had two choices in mind. A Panasonic G9 micro 43 camera and a Sony A7R MkII full frame. If you’re wondering why I came up with this short list and didn’t include the latest full frame offerings or DSLRs, please see my previous post.
The post received a lot of great feedback with some excellent suggestions. I also received a similar number of emails with suggestions. Rather than try to answer all the suggestions and comments directly I thought it best to wait for this week and share my decision.
I bought a Panasonic G9.
What helped to make up my mind was spending a day out in the hills of the Lake District last Saturday. After 12 hours (and almost as many miles) of carrying my Fuji kit with a full-sized tripod, accessories, food, and outdoor gear I was tired. It was hard work. If I had been carrying a full frame kit, I would have been past enjoying the experience around midday. It would probably also have impacted my photography.
After this experience I knew that I wanted a lighter camera and lenses. Kit that I could easily carry all day in the hills but one which would still produce quality images that a stock library would accept. That’s why I picked the G9 with Leica 12-60 lens. The two Fuji lenses that I traded in paid for the new equipment with a little left over.
So far, I’ve only taken this camera and three lenses on a short walk (5 miles), but it fits in a small shoulder bag and is easy to carry. Its easy to work with and allowed me to catch this rare wildlife shot (rare for me).
It’s also great fun to use and the image quality is very impressive.
I won’t go into the full details of my decision making now but it currently feels like the right one. So, thank you to everyone who offered suggestions and advice. I appreciate it greatly.
My Fuji Problem
The final point I want to clarify is that no, I’m not dumping Fuji. The “quality” problem with my Fuji images isn’t I believe the camera or lenses. I believe it’s a software problem and therefore can be solved. With the right software and processing, the Fuji RAW files produce amazing photos.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020
Incidentally, did anyone see the winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020? If you didn’t you can see the image here (https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2020/october/wildlife-photographer-of-the-year-2020-winning-images.html).
Please do look at this image because I would bet money that it’s from a Fuji with an XTrans sensor. It’s showing the tell-tale sensor pattern that I call the wiggly worm effect. You see this most clearly in the tree trunks and leaves on the ground. Normally you don’t see the effect so clearly as in this image so it’s possible there could be some cropping going on.
What a lovely shot though.
I hope you have a great weekend.