One of my favorite things to do is hit a good classic car show. Back in my home town of Painesville, Ohio last week the weekly Friday night car show was perfect to take my new FZ300 out for a spin. Every Friday night over the summer locals from the area put their passion for cars on display.
While the FZ300 hasn't been out long enough to be considered a classic, the features of this ace put it well on its way. It all starts with a 25-600mm fixed lens, touch screen, 4K and splashproof/dustproof technology. Plus, most of the features that have made Panasonic's LUMIX family a leader in mirrorless technology are right at your fingertips.
What I enjoy most is its size. It's smaller and lighter than my FZ1000. The lens quality is excellent and so is this little gem's ability to deliver what you want. It's the perfect camera to travel with, fitting easily in my backpack and adding no significant weight, coming in at under two pounds!
As with most serious hobbyists, especially at a car show, their pride is unmatched. This yellow dream on the right and more detailed below is a 1935 Plymouth. The owner worked on it for twelve years.
He took us through every inch of the car pointing out everything was the "original steel!" And, as with most classic cars, the detail in the engine was incredible - hardly the original, but built with that same incredible pride.
I had a lot of fun playing with some of the built-in presets. Look, I accept that my profile is often more like a serious hobbyist vs. those of you who are working professionals. As I've written before, my passion has always been the business and marketing side of photography, but I know more than I let on.
Under pressure I could probably do a decent job shooting a classic portrait, but it would take me all day to do what many of you do in a few minutes! However, even for you diehard pros out there, some of these presets are a lot of fun to play with.
The first image below is clean with no in-camera enhancement, but as always, it was fun to play with a few more presets. The last image is a 100% blow up from the first image below. I love the detail the FZ300 is capable of capturing.
So, don't take my word for it, wander into a LUMIX retailer and check this little "classic" out for yourself. In fact, check out the entire LUMIX family. And, if you're looking for more images as well as the workshop schedule of the Luminary Team, just wander over to the LUMIX Lounge!
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