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

leendertv

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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
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2. Mother spoonbill:
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3. Young spoonbill
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4. Mother with young spoonbill
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5. Small herd of horses:
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6. Love...
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7. Itching...
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8. The electronic shutter + 100-300mm is also great for super sharp insect photos:
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9. And for mushrooms...
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10. Meeting with a fox...
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leendertv

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Very nice photo's, what are your thoughts on the handling of this camera and lens combo?
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!
 

Paul80

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Great set of shots you have there.

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

Thanks

Paul
 

sigamy

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

leendertv

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Absolute silence so not to scare the wildlife away. :thumbup:
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)

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

Chazzz

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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!
 
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