Mum called me to come out from my comfortable spot in front of the fire and see the sunset through the trees, and boy was I glad she did!
I’m also glad I made a quick detour along the way to grab the little Panasonic FZ300 4K Ultrazoom so I could take some photos, or I wouldn’t have got the above image which I REALLY like!
The above image is what the scene looked like to the naked eye, and I shot this from the wide angle end of the FZ300’s 24-600mm equivalent zoom lens range. It’s pretty, but nothing overly notable.
This image is already MUCH better merely by zooming in a little (5.5mm vs the previous image at 4.5mm according to the EXIF data in Lightroom… think 24mm equivalent vs maybe 40 or 50mm equivalent). The composition is better, and the image is much better over-all.
Here we’re zoomed in even more at 18.3mm, and the over-all look of the image changes dramatically once again. Not sure if I like this one better than the previous, but the point is how different it looks merely by changing the focal length of the lens.
And here there is quite a difference yet again, although the above image is also a different exposure. It’s ISO 400 at f2.8 and 1/125s, whereas the previous one was at ISO 400 at f2.8 and 1/50s. I think I like this one better.
Out of all of the images at the various focal lengths (and exposures), I think I like the first one, the tightest composition shot at the longest focal length, the best. This is it above, edited in Lightroom from the RAW file. All images before it were straight out-of-camera jpgs with no editing at all.
Although there is more detail in the edited RAW image, I think I might actually like the out-of-camera jpg better, not from a technical point of view, but from an artistic one. I just like the way it looks. 🙂
Specific to the Panasonic FZ300, so far I’m really enjoying my time with the little 4K Ultrazoom. It’s well-built and feels solid in the hands. It is quick to focus and accurate too, and I’m actually surprised at how good the image quality is considering it’s got such a small sensor. Obviously the high quality, constant f2.8 Leica lens is pulling its weight. 🙂
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