I recently picked up my new Panasonic GH4 along with a couple of Panasonic lenses, the 12-35 mm f/2.8 and 35-100 mm f/2.8 constant aperture zooms. I thought readers may like to see a few initial Panasonic GH4 sample images taken with the 35-100 mm f/2.8 at Bird Kingdom in Niagara Falls.
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I haven’t had any time to even look at the manual yet so these images are just early experiments.
The GH4 body layout is very logical and provides shooters with a range of external controls. I think it will probably be a bit faster to make adjustments on the GH4 compared to the Nikon D800 I had because the GH4 has separate buttons for WB, ISO and exposure compensation, as well as four other function buttons, and the typical PASM dial.
The Panasonic GH4 is a M4/3 format so the image ratio is 4:3 rather than the 3:2 I have been used to shooting. This can be adjusted to 3:2 which reduces the image size from 16 MP down to 14 MP.
I purposely shot all of the images for this article at f/2.8 so I could get an idea of how the Panasonic 35-100 mm f/2.8 performs wide open.
Like all M4/3 cameras the Panasonic GH4 has a 2X crop factor so the 35-100 mm f/2.8 lens has an equivalent field of view of 70-200 mm compared with a full frame camera.
Most folks think of the Panasonic GH4 primarily as a video camera and that is the main reason why I switched over from my Nikon D800 and FX glass to the Panasonic system.
What many people do not realize is that the Panasonic GH4 is a very capable stills camera as well. In fact, it has the highest rated M4/3 sensor ever tested by DxOMark (at the time of writing this article).
The Panasonic GH4 features a full magnesium body that is splash and dust proof. By M4/3 standards it is a ‘large’ body, similar in size to a Nikon D5000 series camera.
The Panasonic 35-100 mm f/2.8 constant aperture lens features internal zoom and I found the focusing very quick. The lens has Nano surface coating.
While a M4/3 sensor is never going to be able to match the dynamic range and colour depth of a full frame sensor as was in my Nikon D800, I did find that the GH4 files did have quite a bit of latitude in them. My initial impression is that they will be more than adequate for my still photography needs.
The Panasonic GH4 with the 35-100mm f/2.8 attached is quite light and compact. The camera/lens combination weighs less that a D800 body.
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