Lumix GX-85 with the Leica Summilux 12mm f/1.4

I have been holding off getting a new camera body. My old Panasonic Gx-7 was great for my travels. The fit in my hand was perfect. The pictures were phenomenal as you could see on And the video capabilities were pretty damn good. Though, when I started seeing footage shot with the Gx-85 (not to be confused with the GX-8 which I passed on), I was eager to get my hands on it. It was the video stabilization that looked amazingly smooth. No more post production madness in Final Cut! I was looking forward to that.

My first impressions on the camera body was mixed. The GX-85 felt larger and the grip wasn’t as solid as my GX-7. It felt more like the old GF-1 with barely enough hold. And with my new Leica Summilux 12mm lens (because why not get a new lens), holding the camera with two hands was a must. Another thing about the body was it felt very plasticky. It didn’t have the same metal frame as my previous camera. Not a big deal but something noticeable.

As for the lens, oh I love it.

I’m still getting used to the wide angle and finding the correct telemetry to make sure things don’t look distorted. I plan on taking this lens on my trips to get some nice landscape. And with an f-stop at 1.4 I am expecting some great pictures.


Here’s a few shots around Chinatown in San Francisco.


Using this lens for people and food won’t be a problem either. It can handle low light conditions.


Overall, I like the new camera. With most of the features of my previous camera with some improvements and additions, this is going to be my new and improved go to camera while I travel. Here’s my list of favorites:

  • Faster focus
  • Smooth video stabilizer
  • 60fps at Full HD

And with the new wide angle lens, I can’t wait to get to my next trip!

90 Days with the Vinta S-Series

I decided to get a new bag for work. A new bag that can double as my equipment bag if required. The Everyday Backpack from Peak Design was the leading contender at the time. But it wasn’t available at the time. Then I saw the Vinta S-Series Backpack which looks kinda like a randoseru, Japanese school backpack, I was intrigued. Plus it looked smaller than the smallest backpack from Peak Design, which in my opinion, looked bulky. I went ahead and got the one from Vinta.

The specs were exactly what I needed.

  • Dimensions: 11.5 x 15.75, 5.5 inches
  • Slot for up to a 15″ laptop
  • Removable inserts
  • Fits full-frame DSLR camera, +3-5 lenses
  • Includes a field pack
  • Lightweight and durable poly fabric
  • Waterproof material

Yes, it’s waterproof! I made sure of that when I first got the backpack and lugging it around these past few months, during the rains, I can confidently say, my electronics are safe from the elements.


What took a bit of getting used to was taking out my laptop. You think you could get to it from the top. But if you have something there like the field pack, it’s better opening it up from the back. So this is how I generally set my backpack down, back facing up and opening up everything.


The top compartment has the field pack. I don’t use this at all. In fact, I use this area to house my sketchbook and pencils which fits perfectly. However, this is the 1st issue, the top sags without the field pack. Randoseru fanatics will find this troublesome. I’ve learned to live with it.


Inside, you have adjustable inserts. Pretty easy to set up even with the smaller micro four thirds camera. So here, I got my camera, a couple of lenses, all my chargers, including my laptop cable, and of course, my laptop.


The compartment for the laptop is nicely padded and keeps my camera from bouncing around too much. Here’s the 2nd issue, a 15″ Macbook fits pretty tight and you’ll have to wedge it in to zip it up. Thankfully, my work laptop was a 13″ Macbook.


Back to the other side, the top flap is held down by these magnetic straps. In my opinion it’s mainly for aesthetics because there’s a zipper under the flap for access into the bag.


Below the straps are compartments for your extra items. It’s pretty thin but enough for a couple of my favorite pens. I don’t think I’d have anything important in here.

The last issue I have with the backpack are the shoulder straps. No matter how I adjust them, they don’t sling comfortably over my shoulders. That is, when I sling both of them on. They just always feel like they’re going to slip off. And this is actually the only legitimate problem I have with the backpack. The others I can deal with. This one bothers me on a daily basis. Well, whenever I want both shoulder straps on.

Overall, I like this backpack a lot for everyday use. It’s not too flashy either. Though if I were to carry anything less than my laptop and camera, I’d use another backpack. The same case holds true when I go to the gym. But hey, any other time, it’s perfect!