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Hello everyone. I'm Omar from Birmingham, England.

Discussion in 'Introductions...' started by Oumar Ghafoor, Jul 26, 2020.

  1. Oumar Ghafoor

    Oumar Ghafoor New Member

    I am a complete novice to photography. I recently purchased a panasonic lumix gh5 and am still trying to get to grips with the camera. I have the Leica lens on it 12-60ml.

    Getting issues with the auto focus and also looking into a more powerful lens with auto focus and IS

    I struggle with increase and decrease of the ISO to try and get that perfect snap.

    It would be nice to hear from other gh5 users
  2. Oumar Ghafoor

    Oumar Ghafoor New Member

    I'm thinking of getting the canon lens 70-200 with IS. Is it any good? How well does it work with the gh5?

    I was in brecon a few days ago and i was taking pics of the waterfall but i was not satisfied with my pics and was wishing i had a more powerful lens with me
  3. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

    Welcome along Oumar. I can't help with you specific query as I know nothing about Panasonic, but I'm sure someone will be along shortly.
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  4. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Hi Oumar, welcome to the forums.

    You can’t mix Canon lenses with Panasonic bodies. Generally lens mounts are proprietary but there are exceptions. Panasonic and Olympus do share a common mount but I wouldn’t have a clue about compatibility of specific Olympus lenses with your camera.

    If you are just starting out it is probable that the issues you have just need a little practice to resolve.

    Modern cameras have quite complicated AF systems. On “automatic” they can grab the nearest thing to you, so if you are shooting the waterfall and there is some grass sticking up the camera can pick the grass and the waterfall is out of focus.

    The lens you have is very good for general purpose photography. I’d have to look it up but I thought the GX-5 had in-body image stabilisation? If you are getting blurred images then the most likely cause is that you are not holding the camera still. With the water-fall were you trying to hold the camera in your hand and get a smoothed shot of the water using a long exposure? That won’t work.

    Post some pictures to show your problem, together with the exposure settings. For best results resize them in a a photo editing program to 800 pixels on the longest side. There is usually a resize option on the image export menu, it intelligently takes away pixels to leave the picture intact but smaller. Your computer does similar whenever you look at a picture on the screen, otherwise it wouldn’t fit.

    If the waterfall is too small in the picture to see properly you can crop the picture using an editing program. With a 20 MP camera you can reduce the size by 40% and still have enough information to print up to A3.

    I’d get used to the camera before deciding what longer lens you need. The panasonic line-up looks quite good (last week’s AP listings).

    Good luck with your new hobby.
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  5. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    Hello. Welcome to the site.

    I'd be tempted to say don't rush into buying anything. Slow down a bit and practice more. Everybody gets far more poor shots than ones they are happy with. The advantage of modern cameras is that you can take lots of pics without it costing anything, so take several of one scene using different settings to see what happens.

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  6. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    Best advice
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    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

  8. Oumar Ghafoor

    Oumar Ghafoor New Member

    Hi Rob

    Firstly I want to thank you fir your valuable advice. I am completely new to this and you are right in that I don't need to purchase other brands of lens. I will definitely concentrate on trying to familiarise and master the GH5 first.

    I will upload the photos as soon as i get a chance.

    Cheers buddy
  9. beatnik69

    beatnik69 Well-Known Member

    Welcome Oumar. :)
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  10. Carrot Photography

    Carrot Photography New Member

    When I first started photography I learnt so much from Bryan Petersen videos on You Tube.

    The are others like Gavin Hoey.

    You can pick up so much so quickly.

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