A great day with the Panasonic GX7 and 100-300mm

Discussion in 'Nature' started by leendertv, Aug 25, 2014.

  1. leendertv

    leendertv Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 22, 2011
    Rotterdam, Netherlands
    Today I tried out my new camera (The GX7) with the Panasonic 100-300mm for wildlife.

    I visit the Oostvaardersplassen in The Netherlands.(Information in English: http://www.staatsbosbeheer.nl/english/oostvaardersplassen.aspx)

    The Panasonic GX7 with the Panasonic 100-300m is a amazing combination for wildlife. Very lightweight and fast!
    The 100-300mm with the GX7 and electronic shutter is much sharper then with the mechanical shutter on the G3 (my previous camera).
    I shoot all photos handheld and in JPG only (contrast: -2, noise reduction: -3). I also use the ETC mode for most of the shots.
    The JPEGS out of camera are very nice!

    1. This is the only shot with mechanical shutter: With builtin flash.... Barn Swallow

    2. Mother spoonbill:

    3. Young spoonbill

    4. Mother with young spoonbill

    5. Small herd of horses:

    6. Love...

    7. Itching...

    8. The electronic shutter + 100-300mm is also great for super sharp insect photos:

    9. And for mushrooms...

    10. Meeting with a fox...
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  2. eljay

    eljay Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 8, 2013
    Great shots! Thanks for sharing.
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  3. PanamaMan

    PanamaMan Mu-43 Rookie

    Jul 4, 2013
    It's good to see just what this lens is capable of in the right hands. Well done!
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  4. Darren Bonner

    Darren Bonner Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 1, 2013
    Poole UK
    Very nice photo's, what are your thoughts on the handling of this camera and lens combo?
  5. leendertv

    leendertv Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 22, 2011
    Rotterdam, Netherlands
    The handling with this combo is not as good as with the G5/G6 or GH3/GH4.
    But its not bad! Its better then with the Panasonic G3 (my previous camera).
    I'm very happy with it :) 

    I had more problems with the Olympus e520 and the Bigma (Sigma 50-500mm) years ago.
    That lens was heavy!
    I can use the GX7 + 100-300mm all day without problems!
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  6. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Very nice. Looks like you are working that combo very well.
  7. Paul80

    Paul80 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 6, 2014
    Great set of shots you have there.

    Excuse the numpty question, but whats the advantage of using the electronic shutter over the mechanical one.


  8. Darren Bonner

    Darren Bonner Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 1, 2013
    Poole UK
    Absolute silence so not to scare the wildlife away. :thumbup:
  9. Paul80

    Paul80 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 6, 2014
    Thanks :2thumbs:

  10. sigamy

    sigamy Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 4, 2012
    These are great shots. Can you post your settings besides (contrast: -2, noise reduction: -3)? What mode do you shoot in, shutter speed, etc...
  11. leendertv

    leendertv Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 22, 2011
    Rotterdam, Netherlands
    And for sharpness.
    I have done no scientific tests but it looks like lenses as Panasonic 14-140mm and 100-300mm are sharper with electronic shutter (no shuttershock)

    - Auto ISO
    - Auto whitebalance
    - Aperture priority mode
    - Most of the shots 300mm, f5.6
    - 99% of the shots with electronic shutter (max ISO: 3200)
    - Many shots with ETC (extra teleconv): 8mp crop incamera.

    Post processing in GIMP on PC:
    - crop
    - curves
    - unsharp mask
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  12. Chazzz

    Chazzz Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 2, 2010
    Washington State
    Great shots! I bought the 100-300 several months ago, but really haven't used it for much. And I never use the electronic shutter ever. But now I think I'm going to have to get the lens back out and do some experimenting myself. Thanks for sharing!
  13. gary0319

    gary0319 Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 26, 2014
    Sarasota FL
    Great shots, thanks for sharing. I use the electronic shutter almost exclusively with the GX7/100-300 combo, best sharpness with mine is at 286mm and f/6.3 or f/7.1.
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