Photography on a GH5
I am a long time user of the Micro Four Thirds system. Ever since I sold my chunky Canon 5D MkIII for an Olympus EM5 II, I’ve embraced the smaller sensor for smaller form factor. I realised a smaller camera and lens allowed me to take more interesting photos, photos I never would’ve thought to take on a larger camera. Logically it doesn’t really compute, it’s not like I’m going from film to digital, but those who made the choice to go small can probably relate.
After a few years of travelling and focusing on photography, I started looking video work again in a new city, and in comes the Panasonic GH5.
This camera is a few years old now, and I don’t need to talk about how great of a video camera this is. Why I’m talking about it is that this camera suffered a lot of bad marketing for how good of a photo camera this is. To the point that Panasonic had to make the G9 as a photo-centric camera with almost the same internals. So for a hybrid camera, the GH5’s video overshadowed it’s photo capabilities.
Here are some photos I’ve taken over the last few years on the GH5. Some professionally and some for personal. mostly on the Olympus 12-40 2.8 Pro lens and Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 with a Viltrox adapter.
I don’t really have a technical reason as to why it’s good. It’s a fine 20mp sensor, AF is fine, lens selection is vast and affordable for top optics.
I recently bought a Nikon Z6, my first Nikon, and I honestly think I haven’t taken as good of photos than the GH5, that or I don’t think there’s any favourites I couldn’t have taken on the GH5. But that’s largely because I was working at a place where the shooting was more diverse and I was travelling more.
So am I leading to the whole “gear doesn’t matter” adage? Not necessarily. There’s certainly a right camera for the right job truth here. Still my Olympus is the favoured street camera in my collection. GH5 is the only body I can afford having a 2.8 standard zoom right now, and the Nikon I feel way more confident shooting professionally with in low or bad light locations.