My New Lumix FZ1000 Camera
In my 50-plus years of owning cameras, I’ve never owned anything other than semi-pro and/or pro level cameras with interchangeable lens. Canon has always been my camera of choice, although my first camera was a Minolta SRT101 and my last film camera was a Mamiya ProTL gripped and multiple lens. Some years ago, I realized that digital was the up and coming format so I purchased my first digital, a Canon D30. I followed the progression every few years it seems. Next came the D60, then the 20D, always keeping the previous camera as a backup. I stayed with the 20D until I had my heart-attack in 2006 and retired from professional shooting. I could no longer lug all my location gear around so I sold my lights, backgrounds, stands, cameras and accessories to an up-and-coming young couple starting their own photography business. Now, I was a hobby shooter and since I figured it would be my last camera, I used the money from the gear to purchase a full frame Canon 5D. I used that until a few years ago, when I purchased my 60D, primarily because it had video. Big mistake! Great camera but I was expecting it to act like a video camera. NOT! I never made one video with that camera. Now, as you can see by the title, I’ve once again, purchased a new camera and while many photographers, amateur and pro alike will look on this camera with disdain because it is NOT an SLR, I believe I have made a great buy.
Now, having said all that, so that you could understand my background and lend credibility to my statements, I’ll explain what I like about this camera.
As many of my readers know, my main form of transportation is my motorcycle. While my 60D does take great images, in order to be ready for whatever I may happen onto, I have always carried my camera bag with me. In the bag was my camera, my 10-22mm, 28mm, 100mm, and either my 28-300mm or 55-250mm zooms. I was ready for anything but every time I left the bike I had to unstrap the bag and lug it with me. That was a real PITA!
A few months ago, I read about the FZ1000. It sounded like just what I needed. One camera, a 25-400mm zoom lens, 4K Video, image stabilization, 20meg – 1″ sensor, and all for less than the price of one of my Canon lens. My biggest concern was could it take sharp images. I had not been at all happy with the quality of the 28-300 Tamron that I owned. Good on my 5D but terrible on my 60D. After a few months of research and checking hundreds of images online, I decided to bite the bullet and get the camera.
Well, after a week and a half, I can say that I made a good purchase. This camera is fantastic. I’ll be checking out the various features of this camera and posting them here. I’ve posted a few of my first shots with the FZ1000 (my canon equipment which is now up for sale) on my flickr site.