Lumix Stories Video Series: Daniel J. Cox

Posted Oct. 16th, 2017 by Daniel J. Cox

This past summer my Panasonic Lumix colleague Tom Curley and fellow Lumix Luminary Griffin Hammond followed me to Alaska to produce Lumix Stories: Daniel J. Cox. We spent three days documenting brown bears, puffins, and red fox using the new Lumix GH5 camera. I wanted to share the inspiration that makes me so passionate about this new model and the system overall.

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Tom and Griffin on the deck of their cabin at Silver Salmon Lodge, Alaska.

I was fortunate to be included in this first round of videos highlighting professional still photographers who are using these new cameras and the Lumix system specifically for still photography. Like the GH4 before it, the GH5 has so many revolutionary video features that its video prowess has a tendency to overshadow its stills capabilities. But that should not be the case since the GH5 is a phenomenal stills camera. Yes, its still photos are not as revolutionary as its video, but it’s certainly equal to any of the competition in the MFT world. Part of the problem is the fact still photo capture has peaked but video has not, and Panasonic continues to revolutionize video capture. That being the case, all people talk about is the video. So potential buyers walk away from the impressive, glowing YouTube videos thinking Lumix cameras are mainly for video. Nothing could be further from the truth. Don’t let the video accolades fool you into thinking this is just a video tool, and let’s all get over the idea that we have to have a “stills only” camera. Those days are long, long gone. All cameras going forward are going to shoot both still and video. That’s reality. That’s not to say there may be models that are still capture centric, but all will have some sort of video capture.

Ok so that’s my “soap box” spiel about stills versus video. Getting back to Alaska, you can follow along and see what we were up to by watching the video below—which was shot with the fabulous new GH5 as I was shooting the same camera for stills. Hope you enjoy the show, and if you have any questions just drop me a line in the questions below.

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  1. GregOn Nov. 6th, 2017 (2 weeks ago)

    Daniel,
    Great video. I started my “real” photography with a GX-1, so I can’t speak to the differences with dslrs, but I love the images I get from my M4/3 kit. My current GX8 100-400 combo being one of my most used. I really enjoy your images, they give me something to aspire to. I’ll keeping living vicariously through your travels, but fortunately the gear works just as well for local wildlife as it does for the exotic kind! Thanks!

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Nov. 6th, 2017 (2 weeks ago)

      Thank you for your kind words Greg. I appreciate hearing my work has inspired people in some way.

    • Alan TurkingtonOn Nov. 10th, 2017 (1 week ago)

      With the release of the G9 and the 200 f2.8, do you have any news of the 50 – 200 f2.8 – 4.0, which was scheduled to be released around now? The 50 – 200 is the perfect companion to the 12 – 60.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Nov. 10th, 2017 (1 week ago)

      Alan, unfortunately, I have no news on the 50-200mm. I’m also disappointed it’s not here yet. I’m confident it’s on the horizon, however. We just have to hang in there. The new 200mm F/2.8 is a lens many sports shooters would love to have so it’s good the lens lineup keeps growing. I do believe the 50-200mm will be a blockbuster lens for Lumix, possibly even better than the highly successful 100-400mm. No idea why the 200mm fixed came before the 50-200o but it has. Such is life.

    • Alan TurkingtonOn Nov. 11th, 2017 (1 week ago)

      Dan. That’s good news that you are still expecting it to happen! 😊 Alan

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Nov. 11th, 2017 (1 week ago)

      Alan, I woke this morning to this news on the 43Rumors site. Yes, the 50-200mm is coming in 2018. To be completely honest, I have no idea why Panasonic chose to do the 200mm first. But that’s what they did. Just happy to know the 50-200mm is still coming. Here’s a link to the good news. https://www.43rumors.com/leica-50-200mm-lens-will-released-2018/

  2. IvanOn Oct. 27th, 2017 (3 weeks ago)

    Great video and photos. Makes me want to go outside and shoot, the lumix system makes it look easy and fun.
    The amazing stabilization makes it so easy to shoot at base ISO in good light (even with the slow-ish 100-400), let’s hope the next panasonic cameras will have lower native ISO for even better image quality!

    WIsh I could get that 100-400, how does it do in dim light? (not really something you address in the video, with relatively slow animals and in good light)

    Thanks for talking about stills 😉

  3. Dean SwartzOn Oct. 20th, 2017 (1 month ago)

    Fat and Happy Bears? How about Fat and Happy Photographers?

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Oct. 22nd, 2017 (4 weeks ago)

      Nothing like a great week with fat and happy bears to make fat and happy photogs. Especially with the amazing food we’re served at this wonderful lodge. Thanks for stopping by Dean.

  4. Peter HemmingOn Oct. 19th, 2017 (1 month ago)

    What’s camera shake like between the Lumix and the Nikon?

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Oct. 26th, 2017 (4 weeks ago)

      Peter, with the Dual IS in the Lumix cameras we can shoot handheld never before possible. I have pictures with the 12-60mm handheld at 1.5 seconds that are razor sharp. Dual IS is the future and Nikon SOMEDAY might have it. I guess it really depends on if they get moving before they fall into the same category of Kodak.

  5. MarsOn Oct. 19th, 2017 (1 month ago)

    Amazing clips, that 100-400mm tele is magnificent. There’s a big difference in quality between 4k and 1080p on my 4k HDR TV.

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    Fred KurtzOn Oct. 19th, 2017 (1 month ago)

    Wonderful video Dan and no truer words have been spoken. I am so glad I have made the M43 journey along your side. I really love these cameras and lenses and they have taken my photography to a new level.

  7. DougOn Oct. 19th, 2017 (1 month ago)

    Daniel: Great video! I’m a Fuji X-T1 shooter and love the results I’m getting with my 100-400. However, it’s still a heavy lens and Fuji has some other limitations, as well. I’m considering the possibility of moving to a Panasonic GH5 which I finally had the chance to handle, albeit briefly, a few days ago. It was a bit larger/heavier than I’d like, but I’m intrigued by the huge viewfinder, 6k photo and the great ergonomics. I’m a mostly stills guy with a strong emphasis on nature and travel, with an occasional video thrown in, usually a simple interview. Do I need the GH5 or would the G85 (haven’t handled) be adequate? How would you compare them? (I know the G85 is smaller and lighter.) My Fuji 100-400 is remarkably sharp and very well stabilized. How does the Lumix 100-400 compare in the field? Cost is not my primary consideration.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Oct. 28th, 2017 (3 weeks ago)

      Doug, sorry for the delay to your question. As much as I admire the G85, I’m an even bigger fan of the GH5. That said, I do have a G85 in my bag for use with my wireless flash system while shooting Macro. I miss a built-in flash on the GH5 immensely. Also, I’m of the opinion the GH5 has a far superior user interface (UI) due to most necessary buttons being placed on the upper, right, top deck of the camera. Buttons such as the EV Compensation, WB and ISO which are easily accessible but not as easily hit, accidentally, as they are where they’re placed on the G85. This is the most glaring difference between the upper tier Lumix bodies and all second or lower tier Lumix cameras such as the G85 and others.

      Regarding the comparison of the Fuji and Leica 100-400mm. In short, the Fuji is a tad sharper or at least it was at the time I tested these two lenses for an earlier Blog post. Keep in mind that what I saw as sharper images from the Fuji lens, of a lens chart, just doesn’t seem to be an advantage in the field, based on several hundred thousand images I’ve now shot with the Leica 100-400mm. When I did the lens tets comparison I used the Lumix GH4. Since I started shooting the Leica 100-400mm on the GH5, I seem to be getting more accurate, sharper results than with any other Lumix body. I don’t understand why that would be but it’s possible the GH5 has some sort of image processing going on that gives the “impression” the 100-400mm is sharper on that particular body. I have no idea really but suffice it to say, I’m very happy with the super sharp results I get with the GH5 and the Leica 100-400mm lens.

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