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I’m a self taught photographer with around 10 years experience of photographing portraits, models and weddings.  After my first 3 years I was teaching photography to fellow professionals in the UK and overseas and after 4 years I bought my first Leica camera.  As a child my Grandfather inspired me to draw and taught me to paint with watercolours.  As a teenager I taught myself very fine detail acrylic painting but went on to study science (and later finance) rather than the arts.

Photography came to me later after an ex girlfriend kindly bought me a camera one Christmas.  I was immediately hooked and 3 months later a bought a better camera and then another.  My inquisitive data driven mindset and tendancy to document things inspired me to start this blog as a personal project.  When reading about photography and researching new cameras I find it is the perfect place to record everything I learn and I can share it with others.

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Mr Leica Photographer Blog

Coventry UK studio based portrait and wedding photographer using digital Leica cameras and a wide range of film cameras.  Analogue cameras include 35mm, medium format and large format and film developing is done in house.  Cameras, lenses and films are tested during model photography photo shoots both in the UK and overseas.  Blog reviews include a combination of technical detail, example images and side by side comparisons.

Before starting MrLeica.com I used to write technical articles for UK photography magazines.  As I continue to collect and test cameras and photography equipment I now share the information here.  I hope you find the content as enjoyable to read as it is to document.

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Lumix GH5 vs Leica CL Photoshoot & BTS Video

Lumix GH5 vs Leica CL Photoshoot & BTS Video

After buying a Panasonic Lumix GH5 digital camera for YouTube vlogging (see Lumix GH5 Vlogging Camera) I thought I would try the GH5 for photos too. Below are a series of comparison photos using the new Lumix GH5 vs Leica CL during a photo shoot with Harriett. (See the BTS YouTube video linked below to see how I made the images).

Lumix GH5 Video

Unplanned non-scientific comparison test

My photoshoot with Harriett had been planned long before I bought the Lumix GH5 camera. I was keen to try out the new camera for some Lumix GH5 portraits and also to see how it compared to the Leica CL. The Leica CL is my current most used digital camera which I now use more than my Leica M240.

Crop sensor digital cameras

Both the Leica CL and Lumix GH5 are crop sensor digital cameras. The Leica CL has a 1.5x crop APS-C sensor. The Lumix GH5 has the micro four thirds 2x crop sensor. This makes it quite difficult to do an exact comparison at a specific focal length. What I mean by this is a 50mm lens on the Leica CL equates to 50mm x1.5 = 75mm. A 50mm lens on the Lumix GH5 equals 50mm x2 = 100mm.

Enjoyable photoshoot not a lab experiment

As the photoshoot had my usual goal of have fun and make the best possible photos I didn’t restrict myself with specifics. By this I mean if it was a true camera test of say photographing a test chart I would have the camera on the tripod, use one lens, take a photo, switch to second camera on same tripod, same lens, take photo. When I use multiple cameras during a photo session I use them side by side with different lenses in different positions and angles.

So what’s the point?

So what a pointless comparison test you say. Well to me the test is regardless of the lens used, the angle or the lighting. If I like the final photos then the new camera passed the test. If I struggle to tell the difference between the Leica CL images and the Lumix GH5 photos in this scenario then again the GH5 camera passed.

The Lumix GH5 did pass!

I edited the batches of RAW file images from both cameras independently in Adobe Lightroom. Why separately? I needed to develop a new Lumix GH5 Lightroom preset first to apply a look I desired to the GH5 images. For the Leica CL I already have Leic Lightroom Presets that I could apply to these photos.

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Panasonic Lumix GH5 Portrait

Lumix GH5 can match the more expensive Leica CL

While editing the photos I struggled to tell which pictures were from what camera. This is a great sign for the Lumix as potentially you may expect ‘better’ results from a more expensive Leica camera.

In the past I tried a Lumix G3 camera (and a Lumix G1) and although it was fun for a while the photos we drastically different to those from a digital Leica camera. At the time I was using a Leica M9 as my main camera. Some digital cameras produce very digital looking images to my eyes. As a film photographer I probably dislike this aspect of an image more than most hence I stick with cameras I know I like. The older Lumix G3 created more digital looking images but the Lumix GH5 less so which is good for me.

Leica M mount lens fair test

To come clean, I was not comparing the Lumix GH5 camera with a £100 Lumix kit lens against a Leica CL camera with a £1000+ lens. That wouldn’t really be fair. As such I used both cameras as I would normally shoot them and mounted Leica M mount lenses to both the GH5 and CL (via the respective adapters).

Fast prime lenses for crop sensor cameras

To get the best from these crop sensor digital cameras I was using fast prime lenses. I rotated the lenses I was using between the two cameras. As the Lumix GH5 has a 2x crop sensor I used the wider Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 ASPH lens on that camera body the most. For the Leica CL I used the Leica Summilux ASPH 50mm f1.4 lens (and a Leica Summicron 50mm f2 lens ). (I also had a Leica M6 out to get some film photos so if the Summilux 50mm ASPH was on that then the Summicron was on the CL).

Lenses shot wide open

All photos were taken with the lenses shot wide open at their widest aperture, either f1.2, f1.4 or f2. The more expensive Leica Summilux 50mm f1.4 ASPH is sharper wide open from my experience of using it on different Leica cameras, film and digital. The Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 is a good lens too and noticeably sharper than it’s smaller cheaper siblings, the Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.4 lens and Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f1.4 lens.

Lumix GH5 + Voigtlander 35mm f1.2

Shallow depth of field portrait lenses

I chose to use fast prime lenses on the crop sensor Lumix GH5 and Leica CL to help create the shallow depth of field. It is a constant debate online about bigger sensors are best and bigger sensors give a greater shallow depth of field. For me if i’m working at the same distance from a model with full frame cameras and crop sensor cameras (and medium format film/ large format film) and the same focal length lenses (often 50mm) I chose the wide aperture lenses over slower lenses for portraits.

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Distance from subject does matter

Leica M mount lenses limitations

One disadvantage of using Leica Lenses on a micro four thirds camera is the focus ring on most Leica lenses only goes as close as 0.7m and older lenses at 1m. The Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 lens is not an ideal lens on the Lumix GH5 as it has a 1m minimum focus distance. The Leica Summilux 50mm f1.4 ASPH will focus to 0.7m so a little better. The perhaps over overlooked fact about the Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 lens is it will focus to 0.5m. This is a game changer on the Leica CL and now the Lumix GH5. Getting close with a f1.2 lens gives nice shallow depth portraits which I like.

Nikon mount lenses or M42 mount lenses

Unlike the Leica mount lenses, with Nikon Mount lenses you can often focus as close as 0.3-0.5m on some lenses. This is the same for M42 mount lenses. For this reason if you plan to do close up photography it is worth considering what lens brand is best for the job.

It is still early days for me testing my Lumix GH5 so I have not used the camera with other brand lenses yet (via micro four third lens adapters). I will share results of this in the future.

Lumix GH5 vs Leica CL – First impressions?

When comparing the Lumix GH5 vs Leica CL during this photo shoot I was pleasantly impressed at the photos from the GH5. I will certainly do more model shoots with the Panasonic Lumix and share the results. The GH5 wont replace the simplicity and quality of a Leica camera but it’s good to know that I will be happy to use the Lumix GH5 for both video and photos.

Lumix GH5 portraits

Here are a selection of Lumix GH5 portraits from the photo shoot. All photos are Lightroom batch edited images with a Lumix LR preset applied –

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Leica CL portraits (as a comparison to GH5)

To give something to compare to here are a series of similar photos shot during the same photoshoot with the Leica CL camera. All photos are Lightroom batch edited images with a Leica preset applied –

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YouTube BTS Video – Lumix GH5 vs Leica CL

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Leica CL vs M240 – 7 reasons why I prefer the CL

Leica CL vs M240 – 7 Reasons why I prefer the CL

12 months on, here are my 7 reasons why I would still buy a Leica CL vs M240 camera. The Leica CL is an amazing little camera not to be overlooked! Accompanying YouTube video linked at the end.

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To recap my Leica CL purchase

After having now owned my Leica CL for over 12 months I thought I should post a follow up review. To recap, I bought the Leica CL just a backup Leica camera body for my Leica M240 (main camera). For Leica wedding photography in particular I needed the security of two Leica digital camera bodies. (I don’t include my Leica M8 in this as it has too many quirks and is too slow as a primary wedding camera). There was no real expectation for the little Leica CL as after all it wasn’t even a “proper camera”. Why? I was a true rangefinder nut and couldn’t even imagine using a different camera system. What I wasn’t expecting is the Leica CL replaced the Leica M240 as my main camera, for all my photography.

Leica CL Digital Camera Unboxing

Pros and cons of each camera system

After a good think I tried to pin point exactly why I like the Leica CL so much. I jotted some pros and cons of each camera on a piece of paper and came up with the following list. (* These features are important to me but your preferences may vary).

leica cl vs leica m240 - 13 reasons why I prefer the leica cl

7 Reasons to buy a Leica CL vs Leica M240

1. Exposure preview

Leica CL exposure preview via the EVF (electronic viewfinder) or LCD display – never accidentally over/ under expose a photo again!

2. Electronic viewfinder focusing

EVF focusing – gives the added benefit that unlike a traditional Leica M rangefinder camera focus will always be accurate. Leica M rangefinder cameras can easily mis-focus if the rangefinder is knocked out of alignment. A common issue with all Leica M cameras, both digital and film.

3. Leica focus peaking

Leica CL focus peaking – Allows you to critically focus every photo by rolling a top dial for a 2 step magnification. Never mis-focus a Leica photo again, even with a fast lens like the Leica Noctilux 50mm f1 or a long lens like the 135mm Elmar, or old Soviet lenses like a Jupiter-3.

4. Compact lightweight Leica

Compact lightweight high quality Leica setup with interchangeable lenses and the ability to mount Leica M lenses via the adapter (and most other lenses, Leica R and non-Leica brands).  The Leica CL is particularly small if used in conjunction with the Leica Elmarit 18mm f2.8 pancake lens.  This is my preferred Leica CL small setup for travel.

5. Improved dynamic range

Improved dynamic range compared to the Leica M 240 and other high end digital cameras. You no longer clip your highlights (or loose shadow detail).

6. Increased high ISO

The Leica CL high ISO capability is around 2 stops better than the Leica M240 based on 12 months plus experience with both cameras. With the Leica M Typ240 I experience banding in low light at ISO 3200 so use it at ISO 1600 maximum.  I’ve seen no banding issues at higher ISO with the Leica CL camera and ISO 6400 is fine for low light photography giving acceptable results. (The CL ISO will go higher but for my taste I try to cap it at ISO 6400).

7. Compose wider lenses without hotshoe viewfinder

Leica M cameras have pre-determined frame lines in the viewfinder, usually 28mm-135mm on later models.  If a lens is wider than 28mm an additional external hotshoe viewfinder is required to compose these wider lenses.  This adds both cost and bulk to the Leica M camera system.  (*You can use the digital Leica M LCD LiveView to view and compose lenses wider than 28mm but I would imagine photographers who buy a Leica M rangefinder camera don not take pictures via the LCD display!). The Leica CL EVF displays every lens without need of additional viewfinders making it an easier setup to use in that regard.

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+2 More advantages of the Leica CL

  1. Leica autofocus lenses – Unlike Leica M cameras the Leica CL can be operated with auto focus lenses. This is not something I thought about for my list above as I use manual focus Leica M lenses via an adapter on the Leica CL. For others this might be a key reason to buy the CL.
  2. Lower cost – The price of a new Leica CL is >£1K cheaper than a Leica M240. (Leica CL ~£2250 vs Leica M240 ~£3500 at the time of writing)(Price without lens).
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3 Facts as to why you may prefer the Leica M240

1. Full frame sensor

The biggest advantage of a Leica M camera (excluding the older Leica M8) is that Leica M cameras have 35mm full frame sensors.  The Leica CL has a 1.5x crop APS-C sensor.  What does that mean in real terms? 

Two key points. –

  1. A full frame sensor results in a greater shallow depth of field (DOF) vs. a crop sensor camera. Shallow DOF is often associated with more likeable images such as used for portrait photography. (As primarily a portrait photographer I would have expected to see an absence of this shallow DOF with the Leica CL but I haven’t. This may be due to the lenses I am using and my working distance from the subject).
  2. For wide angle photography a full frame camera sensor means that a 15mm lens is equal to a 15mm lens.  With the Leica CL 1.5x crop sensor any lens focal length is multiplied by the crop factor.  The 18mm Leica CL kit lens becomes closer to a 28mm lens in full frame terms for example.  If you enjoy ultra wide angle photography a crop sensor camera will not be for you as every wide lens is less wide on a crop body.
2. Increased battery capacity

The Leica M240 camera battery capacity is greater than that of a Leica CL.  The Leica M battery is larger in all dimensions than a CL battery. One Leica M 240 battery will normally last me most of a day whereas the Leica CL battery needs replacing much sooner (perhaps twice as fast).  Battery life is not a good reason to buy a camera though. By the ‘better’ camera and then invest in a few additional spare batteries if needed.

3. No viewfinder blackout moments

No viewfinder /LCD black-out. With a optical rangefinder camera like a Leica M you never lose sight of your subject. Even when you take photos you can still see through the camera. With the Leica CL the EVF blacks out briefly as you take a photo.

From experience this is unnerving especially during important moments such as during a Leica wedding photo shoot. I was panicking inside as I was not used to suddenly not knowing what I was missing. This is the same during a fast paced fashion shoot with a model. They changed their pose yet I don’t see it until the EVF ‘clears’ again after an image. I’ve got used to it but if you are used to a Leica M camera you will notice.

Leica M10 Camera vs CL

What about buying a Leica M10 camera instead?

The Leica M10 features will offer the following benefits over the Leica CL –
  1. Full frame sensor
  2. Similar high ISO capabilities of the Leica CL
  3. Similar high dynamic range of the Leica CL
  4. Better battery capacity than the Leica CL
  5. Slimmer than the Leica M240
But the Leica M10 still brings some of the Leica M camera limitations –
  1. Rangefinder camera with the risk of the rangefinder being knocked out of alignment giving inaccurate focusing and blurry images.
  2. No EVF exposure preview
  3. No focus peaking
  4. Fixed viewfinder frame lines so the need of external hotshoe viewfinders for use with lenses wider than 28mm
  5. Manual focus lenses only
  6. High Cost – Leica M cameras cost more than the CL. The Leica M10 specifically costs over twice as much as the Leica CL (~£5750 today)
  7. Slimmer than the Leica M240 but still bigger and heavier than a CL (Leica CL weight – 403g vs M10 – 660g ) (M240 – 680g)
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Or perhaps the DSLR-like mirrorless Leica SL?

A Leica SL is closer in design to a Leica CL and offers benefits such as –
  1. Full frame sensor
  2. Similar high ISO capabilities of the Leica CL
  3. Similar high dynamic range of the Leica CL
  4. Better battery capacity than the Leica CL
  5. EVF exposure preview
  6. EVF focus peaking
  7. Not a rangefinder so no rangefinder camera related issues
  8. Autofocus lenses
Why is the Leica CL better than Leica SL?
  1. The Leica SL is a bigger/ heavier camera body vs the CL (Leica CL weight – 403g vs SL – 847g)
  2. Leica SL lenses can be huge (and more like a DSLR)
  3. Cost – The Leica SL lists at almost twice the price of the CL (~£4400 today)

Leica CL vs M240 summary – Is full frame needed?

Since getting the Leica CL I had at no pointed missed using the full frame Leica M240. I did bring out the Leica M240 for some recent overseas model shoots to compare to the CL with fresh eyes. In Budapest I didn’t really notice the difference/ benefits of the full frame sensor. In Poland however I did enjoy the Leica M240 full frame sensor as saw a big difference. The M240 was capturing photos I had not created for some time. So what changed between Poland and Budapest? Answer – the choice of lenses used.

Lens choice is key to see the full frame benefits

M240 and CL in Budapest

In Budapest I was using the Leica Summilux ASPH 50mm f1.4 lens on the full frame M240. I saw little real benefits over the full frame sensor as I use this lens all the time on the Leica CL too. (Note – there will be a difference but it was not noticeable enough for me to recognise an obvious change in the images I was making).

Leica CL Portrait - ISO 6400
Leica CL + Summilux 50mm f1.4
M240 and CL in Poland

In Poland using the Leica Summicron 90mm f2 lens on the Leica M240 and I could immediately see images that I’ve not seen from the Leica CL camera. This might be because I don’t use the 90mm Summicron lens a lot on the CL as I tend to use the smaller form Leica Macro-Elmar-M 90mm f4 lens to match the smaller camera body. (The Leica Summicron 90mm is my largest Leica lens).

90mm Summicron Headshot
Leica M240 + Summicron 90mm f2

The second lens for the Poland trip was the Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 lens . I use the Noctilux 50f1 lens with the Leica CL and the M240 and results are certainly more apparent on a full frame sensor. *(I will share more sample images in the Poland model shoot blog to follow).

Leica Noctilux f1 Portrait
Leica M240 + Noctilux 50mm f1.0

In Summary – Leica CL vs M – Which to buy?

As a Leica photographer (for all digital photography + some film photography) I like a ‘good’ camera that helps me capture what I see. Ideally the camera will render a scene better than reality but that is more lens specific. My biggest niggle with Leica M camera system is the constant worry that the Leica rangefinder has been knocked out of alignment and that the camera is no longer focusing accurately. Even now as I write I need to send my Leica M240 back to Germany again to be re-calibrated. It’s third re-calibration I think. Ignoring that fact a purest will prefer a Leica M camera I think.

Biggest upside

The biggest upside of the Leica CL camera is I never have that concern. It is cheaper, lighter, easier to carry around, gives exposure preview, always accurate and the sensor has more dynamic range both in highlights and at higher ISO.

Noteable downside

The biggest drawback of the Leica CL is the crop sensor if you plan to use it with Leica M camera lenses like me. All lenses mounted are now 1.5x longer due to the crop factor. This might be a positive for some and I can usually work around this aspect but it is worth noting if you already own lenses. If you are a 50mm guy/ gal for example suddenly you will need a fast 35mm to replace your fast 50. (35 x 1.5 = 52mm). That’s why I love the Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 ASPH lens so much (I need to post a new review on this lens soon with lots of example images!)

Leica CL + Voigtlander 35mm f1.2
Leica CL + Voigtlander 35mm f1.2
Full frame

A full frame sensor is arguably always going to capture nicer portraits vs. a crop sensor camera (whether 35mm cameras or larger film formats). Choice of camera will be impacted by what you plan to photograph. For travel photography the Leica CL is an absolute no brainer. For street photography I think most photographers would prefer the Leica M experience. With all that said even as a portrait photographer I can still make the Leica CL work for me.

Leica M10 vs M240
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YouTube Video – Leica CL vs M240

This video was shot when I was in Budapest and before I wrote this article. The video summarises most of what I’ve written here and there are a few visuals included to hopefully make it more value add.

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New Panasonic Lumix GH5 Vlogging Camera!

New Panasonic Lumix GH5 Vlogging Camera!

Quick overview of why I purchased my new Panasonic Lumix GH5 vlogging camera!  (This is not a camera review but that will follow at a later date).

Never safe from GAS! (“Gear Acquisition Syndrome”)

Whenever I think I’m safe from the dangerous GAS, aka. Gear Acquisition Syndrome something comes out of nowhere and catches me by surprise.  I certainly didn’t see this one coming! The Lumix GH5 idea came within two days and it was ordered.

Lumix GH5 Video

New YouTuber

After throwing myself head first into the scary world that is YouTube I’m now wishing I’d started it years ago.  I just keep thinking of all the cool things I’ve done and wished I’d caught on film to share!  I still need to drastically improve my monotone lifeless talking head style videos but I’m very excited to get cracking. 

My overwhelming passion for photography and to share content overcomes any doubts I have to face the camera. My head is full of topics I want to share on YouTube, I just wish I had longer days to do it all sooner!

Vlog camera limitations

If I do something I like to do it properly.  If take a photo, regardless of the model I try to exceed my previous best photo.  If I enter an Ironman triathlon I aim for a good time rather than just taking part.  With YouTube videos initially I was thinking to keep it very simple and no frills.  I tried this but with my mind set that wasn’t really going to work for long. 

One of my very early YouTube frustrations is that the Nikon D800 camera I film myself with has no flip out screen. The Yi4K+ action camera I have also doesn’t have a flip screen. I felt I could do a better job of it if I had the right tool for the job. It was an excuse to look an new cameras if nothing else!

Quick background info on me shooting video

The first time I shot video footage was with a crop sensor Nikon D90. From there I upgraded to a Nikon D800 and more recently a Yi4K plus action cameras. Feel free to skip the next few sections if you only want to read about the Lumix GH5 but I thought I would give it some context.

Nikon D800 (2012)(My first real video camera)

In 2012 I bought my Nikon D800 DSLR camera on pre-order specifically for recording video. At the time I was shooting as part of an Asian wedding videography team. The Nikon D800 camera allowed me to capture cinematic style footage by using fast lenses on the full frame sensor.

I had many fast lenses – 24mm f1.4, 35mm f1.4, 50mm f1.2, 85mm f1.4, 200mm f2 and I used them with a pro slider setup and heavy Manfrotto tripod with video head. I even had external H2 microphones, DSLR viewing loupes, the lot.

It was all great except video took me too long to edit (if shooting for myself) and I had no reason to shoot video other that for these wedding team gigs. Once I bought the Leica M9 that was the end of video for me and I sold my slider and most of the video specific kit. Soon after I got into film photography at that has kept me busy ever since!

Yi4K Plus (To record Ironman training)

When training for the second Ironman last year I was watching back to back YouTube videos. YouTube helps inspire me on whatever my current ‘phase’ is whether triathlon, ultra marathons, photography, vlogging or otherwise. From watching many ultra marathon videos I noticed everyone had GoPro style cameras and they recorded their experiences.

Slightly brainwashed by what I saw I bought the Yi4K plus action camera as a cheaper alternative to a GoPro. I setup an additional Instagram account to share such footage and that was the plan (@MrLeicaRunsBikesExplores). The action camera was great for running and cycling but I realised I didn’t like seeing myself on camera so that idea slowly faded too.

Nikon D800 limitations – YouTube

When starting YouTube I used the Nikon D800 to vlog with. The Nikon D800 in it’s day was a great camera but it fell slightly short of the Canon 5D Mk3 at the time for video use. Most wedding videographers were using Canon DSLRs but as I photographer I opted to stay with Nikon.

The main limitation today of the Nikon D800 is the lack of flip out screen. This makes it pretty difficult to know where you are in the frame for vlogging purposes. With manual focus fast lenses it is also near impossible to keep yourself in focus (as I proved in one of my videos, apologies!).

Yi4K Plus limitations- YouTube

As the Yi4K plus has a wider view fixed lens I tried using this for YouTube too. Yes it is easy to be in the frame but is can distort the face easily when in close to the camera. Action cameras are great for running videos or vlogging outside while multitasking but it is not really suited to talking head videos. (That was my excuse to get a new camera anyway!).

Lumix GH5 Vlogging Camera

Why the Panasonic Lumix GH5?

When toying with the idea of a new camera for a better video solution I first looked at the smaller beginner level Nikon DSLR cameras. Some Nikon cameras have flip out screens which was the main feature I wanted for vlogging. After days of intense YouTube review videos (watching) I discovered the Panasonic Lumix GH5. I knew of the camera but nothing about what it can do. Having owned and used a Lumix G1 and Lumix G3 in the past I was happy to go with the Panasonic Lumix brand.

Lumix vs Nikon – Advantages

As a Leica photographer one huge advantage of the Micro 4/3 systems is I can use all my existing Leica glass on the Lumix camera. Most lenses can be mounted on the 2x crop sensor M4/3 system cameras whether Nikon, Canon, Leica, M42… In contrast you cannot mount a Leica lens on a Nikon DSLR for example. Another big advantage of the Lumix M4/3 camera is the small form factor similar to Leica. I love small cameras and small lenses!

Lumix GH5 – Ordered!

Perhaps I was lucky but after discovering micro four third cameras on YouTube I found a used Lumix GH5 camera listed online at a seemingly bargain price. It was a UK photography store but the price was cheaper than used GH5 cameras on eBay so I ordered it. Camera body only, perfect for me. As an experienced photographer I much rather buy a lens that suits my specific needs than be limited to and unhappy with a supplied kit lens. (I will do a separate review on the camera when I have used it and can share some example images).

Lens for Lumix GH5

Micro four third cameras like the Lumix GH5 have a 2x crop factor smaller sensor. This means a standard 50mm lens on the full frame Leica M240 is equal to 100mm on the GH5. When buying a lens for vlogging this crop factor must be considered. If I plan to hold the camera at arms length to talk to it I need a lens wide enough to show more than just a tight crop of my head.

One of the popular low cost Lumix kit lenses is the Lumix 14-45mm which gives 28mm-90mm in full frame terms. 28mm is a bit too tight for me so I looked for wider. There is the well regarded Lumix 12-35mm fixed f2.8 lens (giving the popular 24-70mm focal length often used at weddings). A great lens as I understand but I wanted something smaller and cheaper ideally.

I then found the really tiny, extra lightweight, very affordable older Lumix 12-35mm retractable pancake lens. I didn’t need the f2.8 shallow depth of field for talking into the camera so I bought that as my first lens. (I will review this lens properly once I have used it).

Excited! Let the Lumix GH5 vlogging commence!

As with any new camera or lens I am very excited to see what the GH5 can do, both for my photography and video use. I have no expectations for photography specifically but I said the same when I bought the Leica CL! I plan to use the Lumix GH5 mostly for video and I’m hoping it will add some excitement to my potentially quite dull YouTube videos!

It’s going to be quite difficult to add new features to my videos without following the masses. When binge watching YouTube it is very easily to get influenced by others. One phrase I have certainly already picked up from YouTube is adding the word “Super” to every sentence! Sorry!

Lumix GH5 Price

The Lumix GH5 price when it was released was over £2k but you can now find huge savings on Amazon. Here are some of the best deals I saw when researching for mine –

  • If you want the cheapest option (as I did) this might work for you – Lumix GH5 camera body only – Amazon UK / US
  • If you don’t already own lenses this is probably the best Lumix GH5 camera bundle – Amazon UK / US

Lumix GH5 Photoshoot

Here are a few Lumix GH5 photoshoot sample photos from yesterday with Harriett. I will do a separate blog for this when I’ve taken more images. The GH5 does look very promising though! Lumix Lightroom preset(s) to follow too as I’m developing them for myself.

Panasonic Lumix GH5 Portrait
Lumix GH5 Portrait
Lumix GH5 + Voigtlander 35mm f1.2

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Lumix cameras may be better than you think. See here for example images of me using the Lumix G1 and Lumix G3 Micro Four Thirds cameras.

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