Misshaps do happen – Day 1 and 2 with the Panasonic Lumix GH5

Day two of the Florida Birding Festival in St. Augustine started great with lots of interest in the GH5 combined with the Leica 100 – 400.  Then disaster struck when someone wanted to test the kit to photograph birds in flight.  Not supporting the camera while undoing the tripod clamp sent the GH5 and lens down to the boardwalk (I saw it in sloooooooow mooooooo) – total separation of lens from camera in a flash.  NOT GOOD.  The GH5 seems to be working fine but they are both going off to be repaired and tested as soon as I return home on Monday.

Now for the good news – the GH5 is just awesome – no questions asked.  Birds in flight, awesome focusing and equally awesome performance.  I am more than impressed with the stills performance and the quality of images from this camera and lens combination.  I am still working on the best settings for the style and subject matter I like to shoot but even so, the results are impressive.  Images are sharp, the color rendition is great and focusing is impressive.

Here are a few images from last evening and this morning.

Woodstork with Nesting Material – 346 mm (33mm equivalent), ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec.


Great Egret and Chicks – 472 mm (equivalent), ISO 400, f/5.3 1/4000 sec.


Roseate Spoonbill Taking Off – 400 mm (35 mm equivalent), ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec.

Woodstork Nesting – 264 mm (35mm equivalent), ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec.


Roseate Preening


Juvenile White Ibis

So the lens and camera body will be shipped for repairs and I will be back in business soon.




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  1. Peter Barrows April 28, 2017 at 7:32 am #

    Temporary setback. Continue on taking these lovely photos.

    • sverma April 28, 2017 at 11:20 am #

      Fortunately I never travel with just one of each so the other kit will have to do the job. Thanks for looking.

  2. Jerry Hug April 28, 2017 at 9:35 am #

    These great images had to be before the drop! Jerry

  3. John Pszeniczny April 28, 2017 at 12:23 pm #

    Really nice images. Too bad about that mishap!!! Looking forward to seeing more of your photos going forward.

  4. Tim Rea July 23, 2017 at 5:29 am #

    Hi Shiv – great bird photos!

    I’m investing in a GH5 for bird photography and would be interested in the camera setting that you recommend, based on your experience with the camera.

    Are you able to share these?



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