Lumix G7: Night Photography & Shutter Speed

A week ago, returning home earlier, around 19h, I decided to put the G7 to the test. That sounds kinda full of myself. To be honest I never really managed to pull of a great blurry picture of the red and white lights of cars.

I kinda had a good feeling on how to make the camera work for me in this case as I have been wanting to do for some time. I tried to do it in Dordrecht but the wind wasnt doing me any favours and somehow the pictures where so overexposed that it didnt make any sense to continue.

This time though I decided to go for it and try for as long as I needed. Turned out it didnt take that long but I did have one or two findings whilst shooting with the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Power OIS.

These are the basics and it has taken me some time to figure it out.

Lets first start with the basic scene in my home town

Setting The Scene
First Try With A Short Shutter Speed

If you take a good look at the last two images and even the 2nd try, it becomes obvious that the picture quality isn’t that good. The main reasons for it the type of lens I used.

  • First of all I am shooting with a Micro Four Thirds sensor and a 12-60mm Lens (MFT) in Nikkon Terms that would be a 20mm-80mm or something along those lines.
  • Secondly my max f/stop is f/3.5 whilst it is recommended to shot with an ideally 20mm (convential) lens with a f/ between f/1.4-f/2.8.
  • As a result you’ll see a lot of noise and blurring on the shots.

Interesting enough that is not the Lens Range I have (yet) on the Lumix G7 but the DMC-LX100, Yeah there it is again! is able to pull it off (max f/1.7). Unfortunately I haven’t yet tried it out in that area but will update this post once I do!

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