I've been playing a lot with the LUMIX GX-85, and I'm blown away by the results, the sharpness and all the features this little camera brings to the party.
To start out, it's small and so easy to take with me for a day or evening out. With the 12-32mm lens, currently sold in the kit configuration, it weighs just over a pound! It's got most of the LUMIX features that have created all the buzz about the line, including a touchscreen, focus stacking, 4K video, wifi, and the list goes on and on. Plus I can use any of my other LUMIX lenses.
Keep in mind the images I'm sharing are all screenshots and don't begin to show the true sharpness this little gem is capable of capturing. The image up top is an 80% enlargement from a section of the original. The only thing I adjusted was the exposure, darkening it a little to my taste.
The ring shot at the right has a great story, which I shared in another post recently. I was doing a review of Polaroid's tabletop studio and wanted a shot of an old ring of mine.
My Dad bought me the ring when I was twelve in New Mexico on a cross-country family trip. I thought I'd lost it over the years, and found it recently.
Building a tree house with friends when I was a kid, I slipped off the ladder and caught my ring on a nail. I came close to losing a finger, and the ring had to be cut off. Fast forward fifty+ years later and Kay Jewelers fixed it and cleaned it up. My wife, Sheila is having fun wearing it as a pinky ring.
I know very little about tabletop work, and it took me an hour of experimenting to get the shot I wanted. Regarding the camera, it's the GX85 again with the LUMIX 30mm macro lens and lit with Polaroid's two tabletop daylight balanced LED lights. I put the ring on the top of an upside-down shot glass against a black velour background. I'm only sharing this for the fun of showing the versatility of the camera, not my skill set!
Our bougainvilleas are in bloom this time of year, and yes, they really are that saturated with a combination of deep red and pink. Obviously, I could manipulate the image to make it better, but I wanted you to see the results right out of the can. Again, it's the GX85, handheld with the 12-32 mm lens.
Most of you know my skill set as a photographer. While I know more than I let on, my passion is helping photographers on the business and marketing side of life. However, as I've said before, I'll match my passion for the craft with anybody, and I love having a camera with me all the time. The GX85 gives me that ability, and these days I'm rarely without a camera.
So, 'tis the season and if you're looking for a great holiday gift or the perfect camera to have with you all the time, check out the GX85 and find out for yourself what all the buzz is about! Just click on the thumbnail of the camera above to link to the camera on the Panasonic website.
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