Panasonic Lumix GX8 – Is it a good decision?

Author:  David Goodell

Is my purchase of the Lumix GX8 a good decision??

A few days ago I purchased a Lumix GX8 which will be delivered tomorrow. Why buy this camera instead of a Sony,  Olympus, or Fuji? One feature separated this camera from the others – post focus.
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I plan to use post focus for my macro photography because it will allow me to increase the depth of field of my close-up photos. Briefly, post focus uses 4K video to take photos at each of the cameras 49 focus points and then allows the photographer to pick the photo which focuses on the point I want. Or, and more importantly for me, you can pick several or all of the photos and focus stack them using Photoshop or another program. There is a negative however – post focus creates 8 MB JPEG files which could be a problem. We will see. For sure I will have to be careful in selecting my white balance.
Will it work for me? I will let you know in a few weeks.  If you want more information about post focus check out these websites: youtube.com/watch?v=oAhOC9ta36Q and youtube.com/watch?v=6wFRy8VQKuQ

Circles of Confusion and the Sweet Spot — Part 2

Author:  Sara Goodnick

Every lens has an aperture setting where it performs at its best. It usually isn’t constant all the way through the various apertures. Most often, you will find that at the widest and the smallest ends of the aperture spectrum, there will be some softness in your images.

In some cases, lens softness will still be acceptable, and it others it will not.

The only way to find out a lens’ limitations is to put it on a camera, put them both on a tripod, attach a shutter release, or set the shutter’s self timer, set the camera into aperture priority mode, manual focus on one spot somewhere and keep it there, then run through all of the apertures.

Afterwards, download them into your computer and examine and compare them. The differences may be subtle, but they will be there.

Here are my results for a few of the lenses I tested:

On my Nikon D700:

  • Nikkor  2.8 fixed, 70-200mm, best at f/8 and 11
  • Nikkor  2.8 fixed, 35-70mm, best at f/5.6 and 8

Lumix GX8:

  • Panasonic, variable 3.5-5.6, 14-42mm, best at f/11
  • Panasonic, fixed 2.8, 35-100mm, best at f/5.6
  • Panasonic, variable 4.0-5.6, 100-300mm, best at f/4.0 and 5.6

The images below are from the Lumix GX8:

Sara Goodnick is a trip leader with Arizona Highways Photo Workshops