More Panasonic G9 Photography

It was a bit last minute, but I met up with a friend last night in the Peak District. I took along the Panasonic G9 to continue my re-immersion into the world of micro 43. As usual, it didn’t go entirely to plan but there was a brief period of 5-10 minutes where the clouds broke for a rather nice sky. It didn’t last long but here is one of the images I managed to capture.

Carhead Rocks, Peak District. Panasonic G9

I shot this with the Panasonic Lumix G9 and 8-18 Leica lens at 9mm. The camera was mounted on a tripod although the shutter speed was 1/20” and could have been handheld at ISO200 and f/8.0. I made the RAW conversion using DxO PhotoLab 4 with some further tweaks to the colour in the Nik Collection and Photoshop.

Overall, the image captures the right colours but there is still something I don’t like about the G9 RAW file colour rendering. I’ve tried Capture One, Lightroom, and ACR with various profiles but none look natural to me. The DxO PhotoLab generic rendering is also not to my taste with greens looking more like nuclear waste.

I’ve now spent a lot of time going through the different renderings in these RAW converters and so far, I think I like the PhotoLab Camera Body rendering for an “Olympus E-M10 MkIV” is OK. This seems to produce nice greens although I’m not as pleased with how it renders orange and red. Hopefully with more images in different conditions and some further investigation, I will find a solution.

I hope you like the image and have a great weekend.

5 thoughts on “More Panasonic G9 Photography

  1. The HSL of colours very easily adjusted in any of the editors so is it an issue .

    I’m still torn as to whether or not IQ from G9 or OMD EM1 iii would be satisfactory to me as a replacement for my Fuji XT3 system as I would welcome the weight gain . I’m 67 and even the Fuji kit I’m finding too heavy

    1. It really depends on the type of shooting you do and how you use the camera. The G9 (and other M43 cameras) seem biased to highlight recovery where the Fuji is biased towards shadow recovery. This means the shadows are noisy in the M43 in comparison to the Fuji and may even cause some to criticise. But when it comes to recovering highlights, you can recover skies that have blown to white where the Fuji would struggle. If you expose for good shadows with M43 they can produce excellent quality. You do need good lenses but then there are a lot of good lenses available and the prices are usually good. I’m still submitting stock photography I shot with my original Olympus EM5 and there is not a problem. I can also easily double the resolution of the RAW files with software for prints and you would never know. The only thing I would say about the G9 and EM1 is that they are still big cameras. Why not take a look at something like the EM5 and perhaps try renting one to help make up your mind. Pair it with the Olympus 12-40 and you have an excellent kit.

      1. I prefer the GX9 over the G9. It’s almost the G9 in features and much smaller and lighter with both a tilting LCD and a tilting EVF. It’s a joy to use in the field handheld with it’s dual stabilization. Coupled with the Panasonic/Leica lenses, it’s a top-notch M43 image maker. Al Askerberg

    2. I missed the first part of your comment earlier. HSL is easily adjusted but it still doesn’t correct a poor colour profile. The profile controls the relationships between the colours in a way you can’t control with HSL. If you adjust something in HSL to correct it you will find unwanted shifts in other colours. I could edit the profile to produce my own colour relationship – it’s a lot of effort but I may just resort to it yet.

  2. I’m intrigued by your re-immersion. I’ve had several Panasonic m43 cameras starting with the G1 (which I still own, and which gets periodically dusted on the shelf). I’ve always liked the hardware, and always felt that the overall tradeoffs favored m43 for most photography situations given how people shoot and share and how little they print these days. But I’ve always also had issues with getting the most out of my raw files, and I’ve lost a few shots here and there in darker locations when trying to lock focus on people. And then there’s the issue of noise in low light. For your subjects I can see it being a lot better, especially in high-res mode.

    When it came to choosing a new camera I took a serious look at the G9 but ended up with a Z5 at the same price, and virtually the same weight (for the body, at least). No high-res more, and lenses weigh more (and are more expensive) but for the more varied subjects I shoot it ended up as a better fit. Cheers.

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