David Thorpe: A Look At The Panasonic Lumix G9 Micro Four Thirds Camera

“It’s Panasonic’s first camera body explicitly configured for stills shooters. Does the Micro Four Thirds cliché, Olympus for stills, Panasonic for video still apply? Let’s find [o]ut…….”

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Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 with Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 Aspheric zoom lens

Commentary

Another great review video by one of the best Micro Four Thirds camera and lens reviewers out there, a former Fleet Street newspaper and magazine photographer who really knows his stuff as opposed to the legion of “wazzupp?” camera vloggers with no actual professional experience.

I would take a David Thorpe review over one by any of the  “wazzupp?” crowd any day.

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Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 with Panasonic DMW-BGG9 Battery Grip and Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 Aspheric Power OIS zoom lens. I consider Panasonic’s battery grips to be necessities and recommend buying them alongside each new camera.

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Three Blind Men and An Elephant Productions: MONGO Panasonic G9 AF + GH5 Hack Review

“It’s taken me so long to figure out what I’m actually seeing in Panasonic G9’s autofocus performance that now we have to address YodaYeo’s GH5 hack as well. Which I do. And a WHOLE lot more. I’m exhausted….”

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DPReview: Fujifilm interview: ‘We want the X-H1 to be friendly for DSLR users’ – COMMENTARY

https://www.dpreview.com/interviews/6430541330/fujifilm-interview-we-want-the-x-h1-to-be-friendly-for-dslr-users

“… How did you decide on what video features to include in the camera? Some expected features – like zebra – are missing.

Honestly, we couldn’t add zebra because of hardware constraints. The processor cannot support it. It requires too much processing power. At this time, we’ve achieved the best possible performance for the processor….

Is 8-bit capture enough, for F-Log recording?

There are 10-bit cameras on the market, but we recommend using Eterna to short-cut the recording process. We think 8-bit is enough for good quality….”

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Fujifilm X-H1 with Fujifilm VPB-XH1 Vertical Power Booster Grip

Commentary

With the X-H1 Fujifilm has successfully pulled off the in-body image stabilization that we were told was simply not possible, and what a success Fujifilm’s IBIS appears to be with a maximum of 5.5 stops for non-stabilized lenses like the Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R.

The X-H1 specifications list includes other useful new features including feather-touch shutter button, internal F-Log, Eterna movie film simulation, touchscreen, flicker reduction and 68 weather resistance sealing points on the camera body with a further 26 on the battery grip.

With the X-H1 positioned as a hybrid for stills photographers and independent moviemakers, the camera’s other specifications are something of a compromise and that is also due to being equipped with the same X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sensor and X-Processor Pro used in its older Fujifilm siblings such as the X-Pro2 and X-T2.

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Right now the Fujifilm X-Pro2 fills many of my documentary photography needs and I am looking forward to the next versions of Fujifilm’s X-Trans sensor and X-Processor Pro coming to the X-Pro3 as well as the X-T3 and X-H2. I have been hanging out for a companion for my X-Pro2 for wider lenses than 18mm and longer lenses than 56mm, but if the X-H2 comes with the essential features left out of the X-H1, then I may choose an X-H2 instead. Time will tell.

The rumor sites have reported, though, that the Fujifilm X-T3 DSLR-style camera will be announced later in the year at photokina and will have a new X-Trans sensor of between 24 and 30 megapixels, and a new X-Processor Pro, although no IBIS.

With a more powerful processing engine on the way, Fujifilm may be able to add three crucial features missing from the X-H1 – exposure zebras, 10-bit 4:2:2 4K video and 4K 60fps – to its successor, presumably to be named the X-H2.

I am hoping that this new sensor and processor will find its way into the successor to my beloved X-Pro2, probably to be named the X-Pro3, along with a much improved electronic viewfinder (EVF) to match the already high quality of the X-Pro2’s Advanced Hybrid optical viewfinder and monitor.

The X-Pro2 is the almost perfect, affordable documentary photography and photojournalism rangefinder camera and I am looking forward to adding wider and perhaps longer Fujinon X-Mount lenses to my kit for use with a brighter, clearer and more colour-accurate EVF on a zebra-equipped X-Pro3.

The X-H1 is a remarkable advance in Fujifilm’s DSLR-style offerings and will be snapped up by those of us still able to work commercially or with large enough budgets to acquire each new camera that appears.

Being a self-funded documentarian nowadays, I have to be more cautious with new gear and so am looking forward to the X-H2 and especially the X-Pro3.

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Helen Hooker Photography: The Panasonic Lumix G9 Review

http://www.helenhookerphotography.co.uk/inspiration-and-education/2018/2/20/panasonic-lumix-g9-review

“It’s not often I’m moved to review new equipment but, being an early adopter of the Panasonic G9 it seemed an interesting exercise and may be helpful to those now trying to decide whether to take the plunge and order one….”

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Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 with Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 Aspheric zoom lens

Commentary

Many thanks to Helen Hooker for writing this in-depth hands-on review of the Panasonic Lumix DC-G9.

There are far too few female photographers and moviemakers reviewing and sharing aspects of their craft just as there are far too few female brand ambassadors for hardware and software makers and especially camera makers.

The motto of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media is “If she can see it, she can be it” and if female creatives are not out there obvious and visible then how are we to know that we, too, can have careers in the media and other creative arts.

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Fujifilm X-H1: DSLR-Style Stills Camera on Steroids, 5-Axis IBIS 8-Bit 4:2:2 Video Contender, or Both? – List of Links and Videos

Fujifilm has announced the Fujifilm X-H1 photography and video hybrid APS-C Super 35 DSLR-style camera, and it comes with a range of new features and features yet to arrive and that may appear in firmware updates later in the year or not at all. 

Fujifilm also announced the long-awaited X-Mount versions of its first two affordable parfocal cinema zoom lenses for use with its X-Mount Super 35/APS-C cameras and especially the X-H1, the Fujinon MKX 18-55mm T2.9 and Fujinon MKX 50-135mm T2.9, 

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Fujifilm X-H1 with the excellent Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 R LM OIS kit zoom lens and Fujifilm VPB-XH1 Vertical Power Booster Grip

Fujifilm X-H1

Fujifilm Fujinon MKX 18-55mm T2.9 and Fujinon MKX 50-135mm T2.9 parfocal cinema zoom lenses

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Articles or reviews by female moviemakers or photographers with pre-announcement access to the Fujifilm X-H1 = 1 (one)

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Videos by Fujifilm

Fujifilm videos about female moviemakers or photographers = 3 (three), as part of the Markus&Koala celebrity and fashion photography duo.

Fujifilm videos featuring actresses portraying non-professional moviemakers or photographers = 1 (one)

Videos by Retailers, Reviewers and Vloggers

Videos by female moviemakers, photographers or retail store staff members with pre-announcement access to the Fujifilm X-H1 = 1 (one)

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Header image concept and hack by Carmel D. Morris.

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TheCameraStoreTV: Panasonic G9 Hands-On Field Test with Joe Desjardins

“Panasonic surprised a lot of photographers when they announced a flagship camera with even stronger photographic capability than the GH5. Panasonic is targeting pros with this camera, so we went out with professional wildlife and landscape photographer Joe Desjardins to see if this new body can compete with professional DSLRs….”

Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 with Panasonic DMW-BGG9 Battery Grip and Panasonic Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 Power OIS telephoto lens.

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Panasonic Australia: Lumix G9 | How To Set Up the New High-Res Mode

“The LUMIX DC-G9 introduces Panasonic’s new High Resolution Mode. Ideal for landscape, scenery and still-life photography, the high-res mode composes shots from 8 shutter releases to produce 80MP JPEG /RAW images in-camera – a level of resolution generally seen only on medium format cameras that cost many times more than the G9….”

Panasonic Lumix DC-G9, a Micro Four Thirds stills photography hybrid camera with great video capabilities.

Commentary

Kudos to Panasonic Australia for showing us more about the G9’s high resolution mode than many of the YouTube camera superstars have so far.

While the G9 is a remarkable achievement in a (mostly) stills photography camera, its high resolution mode was what caught my eye when it was announced, not least as an alternative to the medium format digital cameras that are beyond my reach or daily needs.

Linhof Master Technika Classic 4″x5″ sheet film view camera, the epitome of large format analog photography cameras that can also shoot digitally with the addition of a digital back.

Medium format digital is the contemporary equivalent of the 120 rollfilm-using analog and sheet film cameras upon which I built my environmental portrait style during my magazine photography career, and I miss their high resolution, storytelling detail and the slow, sure, deliberative approach that the genre and those cameras demand from photographer and subject.

It is the polar opposite to the casual rapid-fire snapshot style of portraiture currently entrenched in the realm of magazine photography and for which DLSR and DSLR-style cameras are popular, yet here is Panasonic bringing a non-DSLR style of photography to its latest DSLR-style camera in the G9.

Pixel-shifting high exposure functionality is not new to Micro Four Thirds digital cameras – Olympus has it on several of its rangefinder-style and DSLR-style cameras while Pentax reportedly first introduced it into its APS-C and 35mm sensor-equipped K Series DSLRs.

For further information on how high res work on the G9, page 197 of Panasonic’s Operating Instructions for advanced features for the Lumix G9 includes this information:

[Picture Size] When the aspect ratio is [4:3]

[XL] (80.5M): 10368×7776
[LL] (40M): 7296×5472
• RAW images are always recorded in the [4:3] (10368k7776) aspect ratio….

[Simul Record Normal Shot]

Saves the first picture if pictures taken before the combining process in addition to a combined picture if [ON] is selected. Pictures will be saved with [Picture Size] set to [L].

[Shutter Delay]

Sets the delay between the time the shutter button is pressed to the time the shutter is released.

[30 SEC]/[15 SEC]/[8 SEC]/[4 SEC]/[2 SEC]/[1 SEC]/[1/2 SEC]/[1/4 SEC]/[1/8 SEC]/[OFF]

Will the high resolution mode come to the successor of Panasonic’s Lumix GX8 rangefinder-style camera, presumably to be named the GX9?

Those shutter delay options are a great solution for the times when you don’t have a remote release handy but given photographers should be carrying a tripod when planning on shooting 40 megapixel or 80 megapixel high resolution images on the G9 they should be carrying one or two remotes as well.

Always best to have spares of all crucial hardware, especially items prone to loss or failure.

So far there has been no news as to whether Panasonic will be releasing a GX9 any time soon but I hope one will be coming sometime this year.

I prefer rangefinder and rangefinder-style cameras for stills photography over DSLR-style cameras due to the way documentary subjects react to them and portrait subjects engage with them, and appreciate the GX series’ tilting electronic viewfinder for its unique waist-level viewing experience.

3 Legged Thing’s Winston carbon fibre tripod is reportedly their most stable tripod made to date.

A high resolution-capable GX9 attached to a sturdy but still portable tripod like 3 Legged Thing’s Winston via the company’s QR11-L L-Bracket for rapid switching between vertical and horizontal orientation, or a QR11-FB of using a G9 with DMW-BGG9 battery grip, might be the way to go when shooting environmental portraits.

The one possible downside to pixel-shifting high-resolution mode that some commentators point out when shooting portraits, subject movement between exposures, is not dissimilar to the one I often encountered when working with available light and medium or large format cameras with slow lenses.

3 Legged Thing’s QR11-LC Universal L-Bracket, soon to be joined by a full-size version designed to hold cameras with battery grips.

The trick is to engage your sitter with the process so deeply that they stay still enough for long exposures, or multiple shots combined into one, concentrating, breathing out, then gazing directly down the barrel of the lens for the duration.

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TheCameraStoreTV: TCSTV Live: Mirrorless Photojournalism and Sports with Rob Galbraith

“With the Sony A9, Panasonic G9, Fuji X-T2, we’re seeing mirrorless camera makers start to target the last DSLR stronghold, sports and photojournalism. This week Rob Galbraith is joining us to discuss how much progress has been made, and what mirrorless cameras still need to tackle to completely dominate the industry.”

Comparing DSLRs to mirrorless cameras (DSLMs) for photojournalism

Images created by Compact Camera Meter.

Based on size, weight and capabilities, mirrorless cameras are catching up to if not overtaking their DSLR ancestors. Fujifilm X-T2, Panasonic DC-G9, Sony Alpha 9 and Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, each with their f/2.8 or thereabouts standard zooms.
Hefty. A typical three f/2.8 zooms, one fast prime lens kit often carried by photojournalists using DSLRs such as the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.
Light. A typical three f/2.8 zooms, one fast prime lens kit that might be carried by photojournalists using DSLMs aka mirrorless cameras such as the Panasonic Lumix DC-G9.

My Panasonic plus Olympus version of the four lens DSLR-style mirrorless photojournalism kit

I am partial to the Olympus M.Zuiko Pro prime and zoom lenses for their many attractive qualities for documentary photography and moviemaking, most especially their manual clutch focus for when focus is critical, so here is my own list of components.

This list is based on the range of assignments I worked on during my newspaper photography years. Add a GH5 to the list and you have an excellent kit for Super 16/Micro Four Thirds documentary moviemaking and photography.

It is early days in learning about the G9 at the moment, but I would love to know whether it is possible to use its 80 megapixel high resolution mode for environmental portraiture and other forms of portrait photography, potentially making  the G9 a contender for magazine feature and fine art photography.

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RYMovieMachine: Shooting with the Panasonic GH5

“On location in Perth, Australia testing out the Panasonic GH5. This entire report was filmed using 2 GH5 cameras. The Panasonic GH5 has earned a reputation of being a serious filming tool for those who need to be portable without compromise on quality….”

Lenses for GH5 recommended by Rick Young

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