Monthly Archives: August 2018

Streets of Old Montreal

St. Sulpice Street after a downpour – Old Montreal. Panasonic Lumix GH5s combined with the Leica 8-18mm lens. Exposure triad f/8, 1.6 sec at ISO 160.

Not only is the Lumix GH5s a great low light camera, it has excellent dynamic range.  I should have used its native ISO of 400 instead of 160 to get an even better range.

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Panasonic announces the LUMIX LX100 II with 24-75mm LEICA DC Lens

The Lumix LX 100 has been one of my favorite all-purpose compact cameras for the past 4 years.  Now the LX100II is here and ready for pre-order.  All that the LX100 had and so much more.

Key Features

  • 17 MP [4:3 aspect] high-sensitivity multi-aspect four thirds MOS sensor. 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1 multi-aspect modes taken from 21.77 megapixel total count*.
  • Leica DC 24-75mm lens [F1.7-2.8], with POWER O.I.S. [Optical Image Stabilizer]
  • 24p / 30p 4K video and exclusive 4K PHOTO modes plus focus stacking.
  • Electronic Viewfinder EVF [2,764k-dot], and large 3-inch touch sensitive monitor [1240k-dot]

For more details and specs – CLICK HERE

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Topaz Labs AI Gigapixel – now available

Topaz Labs introduces A.I. Gigapixel – The smarter, sharper, image resizer.
A.I.Gigapixel™ is the first desktop application to use a breakthrough in artificial intelligence (A.I.) to enlarge your images while adding natural details for an amazing result. This is in stark contrast to existing image resizers that produce images that are blurry, unrealistically painterly, or lack detail.

Whether you need high DPI image conversions for large prints, blowing up extensive crops into existing photos to get that perfect composition, enlarging pictures taken from drones or smartphones, or just hope to have a 50MP medium format camera, A.I. Gigapixel can help. Powerful, Diligent Pixel Perfect Processing.

A.I. Gigapixel can perform Millions of calculations per pixel in your image, resulting in trillions of computations for your image to ensure it enhances all the right details. This many calculations on a full-size RAW image can take time to complete, but the results speak for themselves.

Topaz A.I. Gigapixel is a standalone application only (it does not work as a plugin or Topaz Studio adjustment) made for batch resizing your images. It uses the power of Topaz’s proprietary Artificial Intelligence engine to make sharper and clearer upscaled images than traditional upscaling tools.

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Focus Bracketed – Yellow Orchid

Yellow Orchid- Panasonic Lumix G9 with the Lumix 30mm macro lens. Exposure triad: f/8, 1/6 sec, ISO 200.

One of the greatest features of the Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 is “bracketing”. Yes, like most cameras the G9 can bracket exposure.  However, the G9 can bracket aperture, white balance and focus.  While in camera focus stacking is possible using the “Post Focus” function, the individual images are JPEG as is the final stacked image.  For RAW images and high-resolution stacks, it is best to use focus bracketing.  With focus bracketing, you set the stepping distance and the number of images that need to be captured.  You can also set the sequencing for how the images are captured, similar to exposure bracketing – 0/-/+ or 0/+.  I prefer the second as I always start my stack from the front of the subject and work the focus away from the camera.

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Hosta – flowers in color

Hosta – Panasonic Lumix G9 with the 12-60 mm Leica lens. Exposure triad: f/10, 1/125 sec., ISO 100.

While the intent is to create a book, using sepia or color is still a big  debate.  Here is an image that adds to the dilema.

 

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Notre Dame Basilica in monochrome

Notre Dame Bascilica – Panasonic Lumix G9 with the Leica 8-18 mm lens. Hand-held. Exposure triad f/6.3, 1/2secat ISO 800.

This was another hand-held image inside Notre Dame.  I used the G9, a camera that has the best image stabilization I have experienced.  I had not enlarged a image from the G9 so tried with this one.  Using On1’s resizing I enlarged this to a 60 inch image at 300 ppi and saw no significand degredation in detail or quality.

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Using the new Panasonic Leica 50-200mm

 

Orchids – Panasonic Lumix G9 with the 50-200mm Leica lens. Exposure triad: f/9, 1/125 sec., ISO 100

I received the newly released Panasonic Leica 50-200 mm f/2.8-f/4 lens yesterday.  I paired it with the G9 for this image.  This is the first and only image captured with this lens and I am in love with its quality.  A lot more testing to do but I have no doubt it will perform exceptionally well.  What is great is that the lens can be coupled with the 1.4x and the 2x teleconverters.  Stay tuned for more on this piece of glass.

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Panasonic Lumix GH5s – Performance

Notre Dame Basilica – Panasonic Lumix GH5s hand-held with the Leica 8-18mm lens. Exposure triad f/4, 1/40 sec, ISO 3200. 3 image panorama.

The GH5s is a 10.28 MP camera optimized for movie recording and low-light performance. Its large individual pixel size allows impressive low-light performance to an extended ISO 204800, along with Dual Native ISO technology at ISO 400 and ISO 2500. The camera is designed for low light video parformance but its stills capapbilities are exceptional.  It records 14 bit RAW files that provide ample editing felibility and has a burst shooting rate of 12 fps with single-shot AF, or up to 8 fps with continuous autofocus. What I found trully impresive is the camera’s capability to focus really fast in very low light conditions.

The camera does not have in-body image stabilization nor does the 8-18mm lens.  This image was shot as a three image panorama, hand-held and stitched using Lightroom.

 

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