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

Mitigating unpredictable shots with a new camera and a wide angle lens.

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 thehungryox.com. 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.

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

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

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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!