Today’s Post by Joe & Mary Farace
If you’ve read my First Look at Panasonic’s Lumix GX8, you know I’m not a fan of its size, weight or ergonomics but that feeling is not universally shared at the Farace household. Recently Mary drove her new car (look for post about that soon) to the most recent Cars & Coffee at the Vehicle Vault and she made some photographs with the Lumix GX8.
Let’s be clear about one thing: Mary has smaller, more delicate hands than I do; my paws are US medium. Yet she fell in love with the GX8’s size, shape and ergonomics. She also loved the flip-out OLED screen never having a moment’s problem with it (unlike myself.) She used the flip-out screen a lot during our walk around the Vehicle Vault’s crowded parking lot. I didn’t like the camera’s grip; she loved it but occasionally had trouble accidentally pressing the Function button (Fn7) on the camera’s front, next to the grip. (It didn’t bother me.)
We both liked the beautiful OLED viewfinder and three-inch touchscreen. Focusing with the GX8’s DFD (Depth-From-Defocus) quickly calculates the distance to subjects and adjust focus in as little as 0.07 seconds, which can be a big help at crowded car shows when people moving in and out of the frame.
Mary also like shooting cars with the Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH lens that’s part of my basic kit. (We only received the Lumix GX8 body for review.) She used it with my JJC LH-37EPII Metal Lens Hood Shade that is “better than nothing,” which is the only option available from Panasonic.
In short, while Mary and I may disagree on what we liked about the Lumix GX8—she loves all of it, me, not as much—we both agreed on the impressive image quality and the simple fact that the GX8 is a great companion when attending car shows.
We’re both looking forward to seeing you at the next Cars & Coffee.