"Pro" GH2

Panasonic GH2 Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-150mm

There are sometimes threads about the problems of using m4/3 in a "professional" capacity, simply because it doesn't look the part. Well the combination of the Ownuser battery grip and the Leica Vario-Elmar D 14-150mm zoom added to the Panasonic GH2 certainly adds a touch of "gravitas"!!!

Panasonic GH2 Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-150mm

This of course makes a nonsense of the weight and size advantages of m4/3 and this is very definitely moving into DSLR territory. It is quite a heavy outfit as the zoom plus adapter adds considerable bulk. The grip doesn't really add much to the stability as the GH2 body is so light. However as before the vertical shutter button is very useful. 

It is however lighter than an Olympus E-5 and in many ways gives better results. 16MP as compared to 12MP and a better high ISO performance, from what I've seen of the E-5 raw samples. However I wouldn't advise trying to take pictures with the GH2 immersed in water!!

Some images taken yesterday with this combination.

Panasonic GH2 Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-150mm

Panasonic GH2 Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-150mm

Panasonic GH2 Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-150mm

As per usual these images are wonderfully sharp and every bit the equal of the prime lenses I used the day before. Its obviously an incredibly useful lens, but carrying it about on a fairly long walk is not as comfortable or enjoyable as a kit with small light prime lenses. The relative slowness of the zoom was also a problem as the light wasn't wonderful. I ended up using higher ISO speeds than I would have liked for some shots. However in daylight, the GH2 performs pretty well up to ISO 1600.

Panasonic GH2 Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-150mm

Panasonic GH2 Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-150mm

For choice, the GH2 + grip + 14mm, 20mm and 45mm is a great kit to use, and something I've been looking to put together for some time. I'm sure I will be tempted into using the 14-150mm zoom on long distance shoots, even though it is heavier and bulkier than the primes. Its a nice choice to have. Its not often you can say that using a superzoom gives no compromise on quality but such is the optical performance of the 14-150mm Vario-Elmar, that in this case you can.

Images - David and Ann