Last weekend I drove to the Lake District to meet a friend and shoot around some of the peaks around Borrowdale. Our first climb wasn’t a long one. The entire circuit was only 3.5 miles, but it was steep both up and back down. At the end of the day, I think we had clocked up around 8 miles.
Other than carrying food, water, and clothing I had two Fuji bodies, three zoom lenses, 12 glass 100mm filters, accessories, and a tripod. It may not sound like much, but my backpack was heavy, and we were out for almost 12 hours.
Despite being reasonably fit and strong, I felt wiped out the next day. The experience got me thinking that for this type of landscape photography my kit wasn’t the best solution. After some consideration I ended up going full circle to conclude my micro 43 kit is much better suited.
Here are my thoughts:
- I can fit the Panasonic G9 with three lenses into a small shoulder bag. This leaves me free to carry food and clothes in a regular backpack.
- I can shoot all day on a single G9 battery which weighs less than the three or four batteries I need for the Fuji.
- The 75mm filters I use with the G9 weigh much less than the 100mm glass filters for the Fuji.
- I only need a tripod if I intend to do long exposures or high-resolution images. I can handhold the G9 even in very dull conditions. In fact, I’ve even shot handheld after sunset and achieved good results.
- The high-resolution mode of the G9 allows me to capture 80MP RAW files. That’s 10,608 x 7,776 pixels without enlarging the image.
- The lenses I have for G9 are sharp. I still have my Olympus 12-40 Pro lens but now also have a 12-60 Leica and Panasonic 8-18, which are exceptional.
This image was shot in the high-resolution mode with the Panasonic 8-18 lens at 10mm.
The camera was tripod mounted for an exposure of 1/60” at f/8.0 and ISO200. Because I was using the high-resolution mode the image is around 44” wide at 240dpi without enlarging. It’s also razor sharp right into the corners of the frame, which is something that I’ve always likes about micro 43 system.
The only difficulties I have with the G9 are:
- I don’t know how far I can push the exposure limits. The G9 is better suited to highlight recovery than shadow recovery so this means I need to overexpose for the best quality. How much I’m safe to do so I don’t yet know.
- I haven’t found a colour rendering I like when processing the RAW files. I find the PhotoLab generic rendering leaves the images looking a little flat with perhaps too much yellow.
I’m sure I will overcome these “problems” if I push myself to use the camera more.
This got me thinking again and I’ve decided to conduct a bit of an experiment. I’m going to use the G9 outfit described above as my main camera for a month. Providing I can continue to get out and about I will let you know how I get on at the end of the exercise.
I hope you like the image and have a great weekend.