I picked up the superb Panasonic 35-100 f4-f5.6 G OIS (which I reviewed here) to go with my tiny Panasonic GM-1 and 12-32mm OIS as a little travel/’walk around’ kit. I recently flew to Budapest, where I knew I would have little to no dedicated photography time. I took the Panasonic outfit, because it would sit in my coat pocket and I would be able to take snaps here and there, when the chance arose. Unfortunately, I was in the middle of a house move and could not locate the charger. This meant that I found myself in a city that is amazing for photography, wishing I had longer and wishing I had more than a roughly 40% charge on the battery! All I can say at this stage is ‘I will be back’!
I’m posting these shots here to give you an idea of how the 12-32mm and 35-100mm lenses pair and the range covered ‘in real use’.
Overall I found the GM-1 and Panasonic 35-100 f4-5.6 dead easy to use and was more than happy with the results. I also quite like how the camera kicks out some serious grainy noise at 6400, but am reminded by just how much base ISO noise there is with M43 sensors, especially in mid-tones when files are bent around in post. Still, its a great way to travel and a very enjoyable way of taking photos on the fly. I can see myself spending a week in Budapest at some point, though. I started to pick up a feel for the place and some ideas started to form. I’m not sure when I will return, but I very much hope it will be soon!
…. and while I am here, this is a quick shot of Chester Racecourse (near to where I live), with corner crop for those who want to see how much detail there is in the corner of a ‘real’ photo, rather than test shot!
I can’t think of any combo that will provide top quality results in such a small package, or anything close come to think of it. The Panasonic 35-100 is a ‘must have’ lens for M43 owners looking for light weight and compactness in my opinion. If money were no object, I’d recommend buying a second GM-1/GM-5/GF-7 to put this lens on, ensuring that you don’t even need to change lenses. With regular promotions and sales on Panasonic bodies, a second body is not as expensive as one night thing (especially if you buy a kit and sell the second 12-32mm kit lens). Worth thinking about… I shot all my Afghanistan work on 2-3 bodies and IMO it makes life so much easier. No lenses to drop, no fumbling, fewer missed moments and less debris inside your camera!
That’s all for now, folks. Back soon.