This worked

Panasonic G5 14-140mm Zoom lens

In a recent post I was writing about how sometimes when I'm out, I feel like I'm "fighting" my equipment and at other times everything works well. Yesterday was very much the latter. My efforts to find a combination of the Sigma DP2 Merrill and "something else" that gives me the widest range of options and isn't difficult to carry around were rewarded with a pairing I really felt comfortable with.


This is a Panasonic G5 fitted with a 14-140mm zoom carried via a Blackrapid sport camera strap. On the right is a small Panasonic bag for carrying the Sigma. This gave me a comfortable way of carrying both cameras and a way to be able to get them into use quickly, without a tangle of straps, and with the minimum of fuss.

 Panasonic G5 14-140mm Zoom lens

Sigma DP2 Merrill

 Sigma DP2 Merrill

 Sigma DP2 Merrill

 Panasonic G5 14-140mm Zoom lens

 Panasonic G5 14-140mm Zoom lens

Panasonic G5 14-140mm Zoom lens

It was obvious early on that this was going to work well and while the Panasonic combo isn't heavy or particularly bulky the strap / harness means that its out of the way, while being held securely, when I'm using the Sigma. Anyone who has ever carried cameras and / or lenses long distances will know how difficult this can sometimes be. I'm generally in a situation whereby I need access to something fairly quickly and this was better than having to change lenses or having one camera on either shoulder, something I've struggled with in the past. 

I've never been keen on large camera bags or ruckscks and having to rummage about looking for lenses isn't something that I like either. But this felt really good, and my back appreciated it as well.

Finally I must say that I'm really warming to the G5. What a difference an electronic shutter makes. After "fiddling about" with my GX1 this was a lot better. I love that positive and non-delayed shutter action and the new style grip which makes the camera handle very well. The Pens and the GX1 may be prettier but this is much easier to use. 

I was also pleased with this carrying arrangement, since when I wasn't shooting I could keep my hands warm in my pockets. I hate working with gloves and I've tried lots of different types and never found anything I'm happy with, including thin ones or fingerless. Because of medication I take to prevent migraines, I have problems with my fingers anyway. After a period of time working in a cold wind like yesterday, they can go completely white and numb and it takes me a long time to get the circulation back. Apart from anything else this makes it virtually impossible to work any camera I'm carrying after a certain amount of time. However walking along with both cameras nicely secured I was able to keep my hands warm between taking shots which made for a much pleasanter experience.

So all in all, a successful outcome. Oh and the light was pretty good as well. 


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