I love the eye-level pentaprism SLR viewfinder on the Nikon 7500. The camera itself is going to take a bit of getting used to after the Lumix GX8, but it’s going to be well worth the effort, and it will all come right with a bit of time and practise.
The Nikon 7500 is a camera that I can use not only with the normal photochromic light adaptive lens (transitions) that I have to wear on a daily basis, but it can also be used with my darker prescription sunglasses. The Lumix had become a complete pain to use when wearing transitions and was simply impossible to use with sunglasses. So the Lumix has gone. I traded in the camera and all its kit for the Nikon and I don’t regret it.
Of course there is more to my move back to photography than simply learning to use a new camera system. I will also have to work harder to gauge the quality and play of light given that I hid from it behind glasses all the time. I do sometimes wonder why someone so light sensitive wants to spend their time taking photographs, but then I remember just how happy my dad was when he was out and about with his camera and I suspect that deep down this is the real reason why I still enjoy photography.
And this is one of the test shots taken to check how well I could see with the sunglasses on. It just had to be of a mini Shetland pony which was part of a fun point and shoot session.
One of our llamas waiting for rain. Taken with a Samsung S7.
This is one of the squirrels at Llanerchaeron having a snack.
I love taking pictures with the Lumix GX8. It’s a wonderful little camera – lightweight with excellent image quality. For me it has brought the joy back into photography.
This shot of a fawn coloured llama was taken with the GX8 and the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm 1:.2.8 macro lens. This Olympus lens makes a really nice portrait lens. Further experiments with 1:1 macro shots are now in progress.
This image is posted at just 72dpi.
I’m really liking the Lumix GX8, but I still have lots to try, and lots to get used to.
The llamas don’t seem to mind me using this camera around them. In fact they seem more curious about the camera than anything else and often come over to have a really up close and personal look at the small black object in my hands. Perhaps they think I have some tasty carrots tucked away inside for later.
In the past when they saw the Nikon and its lenses they all tended to walk the other way, but this llama couldn’t even be bothered to get up from his comfy bed of fallen leaves. He just sat there and let me take a few pictures.
So overall the Lumix is a hit with the llamas a major plus point for me.