Spent our Sunday afternoon at Nelson Photo checking out the new Panasonic Lumix S1 and S1R. Mark Toal from Panasonic showcased the S1’s capabilities and answered questions from the audience. Tested both the 50mm and 24-105mm. Personally, these 2 lenses alone highlight Panasonic’s small, yet powerful lineup. Caught a glimpse of the 70-200mm in action, and I have to say, Panasonic is boasting strong stabilization capabilities. Looking forward to the L-Mount Alliance and Sigma’s contribution to the L-Mount cameras. Hearing that Sigma provides lens mount conversion servicing to those converting systems is game changing. Who knows, L-Mount might be where I’ll land next. More on this, follow link to Sigma.
I’ve been following the S1 since I caught wind of Panasonic’s new venture into full frame. Endless Google searches, speculation write ups, video drops, rumor sites… name it all. I remember when the images of this beast started surfacing, it was obvious this thing was larger than the other full frame mirrorless cameras out. The minute I palmed the grip, instant flashback to 10 years ago. I felt like I was holding a Canon 5dII. To hear that adding meat to the bones of this camera is to help dissipate heat and prevent overheating, Panasonic has definitely kept their audience in mind to allow unlimited video recording. And I’ll be completely transparent, it felt great! Awesome balance and ergonomics. Despite how lens/nose heavy the 50mm felt, I can say I was at home.
As far as the shooting experience and having no history with Lumix cameras, the top dials, top LCD and quick button navigation got me trigger happy sooner rather than later. No need to get deep into the menus to start making pictures. You’d think this massive truck was intimidating, but the S1 is a gentle giant. Auto focus response met my expectations, stabilization was evident, and that EVF was on point! There was one small setback and obviously not in my control until I own one. But I was not in my most ideal element/setting to take pictures. I’ll tell you though, I’m pretty impressed with what I was dealt either way.
Check out the few shots I took with the S1 below.
Wrapped the day up with a mini photo session of Juliet. She was definitely melting hearts out there! Shots taken with the S1 paired with the 50mm f/1.4. Thank you Nelson Photo for the hospitality, my family had an awesome time!