Lumix S Series Touch & Try Event at Bozeman Camera

Posted Mar. 7th, 2019 (2 weeks ago) by Daniel J. Cox

Mark your calendar for Bozeman Camera’s Lumix S Series full-frame camera Touch and Try Event with my buddy Mark Toal. The day is April 20, 2019. Bozeman Camera, the place I refer to as the “Small Town Store, Big Time Dealer” is a great place for getting new equipment since the guys are as helpful and friendly as any place I’ve ever shopped.

Dan with Marshal Lewis and Mark Toal at the Panasonic booth. Bozeman Camera Expo.

Not only will you get to put your hands on the two new Lumix S Series cameras and three lenses, but there will be a pre-order bonus as well. If you pre-order either the S1 or S1R you’ll get a FREE battery pack and extra battery, a $450 value.

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend since I’ll be in the jungles of Borneo. I was hoping to be at this event myself since I’ve not even had even a glimpse of this camera. Pre-release reviews have been very positive, other than the size of the lenses a camera of this caliber requires. I’ve been told that the main reason for the substantial size increase of the 50mm F/1.4 was due to lenses being designed for digital sensors 100 megapixels or more. That finally explains what I’ve been wondering.

For those of you who need the absolute ultimate in digital image capture, Lumix is a great new choice. I can only guess that the many features I love on my smaller MFT cameras will be available on these as well. Things like the best touch screen in the business, an intuitive menu system, well-placed buttons and controls, weather and dust protection, and extreme durability. All things needed for a truly professional camera.

Lumix GH5 water soaked from rain. The weather sealing of the LUMIX professional models is absolutely first rate. I’ve never done this with any other camera.

The only design anomaly I’ve noticed on the new S Series cameras that makes me scratch my head is, “What’s up with the placement of the on/off switch?” The Lumix G9 finally gave us a perfectly placed On/Off switch. The G9 on/off switch was a dead ringer for Nikon’s design. Nikon’s been selling digital cameras at a huge rate for decades. Canon is well known for playing whack-a-mole with their on/off switches. You never know where it’s going to appear on any given model. Nikon has it right. Lumix had it right for the G9 model. If anyone who has used an S series can enlighten me on the on/off switch, I’m all ears. Please let me know in the comments below if this is a step forward or a step backward.

Mark Toal and Rick Jacobson attending the Lumix booth at Bozeman Camera fall expo.

If full-frame is not your bag, ask the boys at Bozeman Camera to show you the best camera I’ve ever used, the Lumix G9. Make sure they pull out the Lumix 35-100mm F/2.8 zoom (70-200mm full-frame equivalent) so you can compare it to the S Series 80-200mm F/4. Whichever camera floats your boat, you can trust that Panasonic has your back with superb quality and craftsmanship that’s extremely durable.

I’m confident this new addition for Lumix will be very successful. There are still those who feel they need the sensor technology only a full-frame camera can produce. The upside, for those of us who are very happy with the smaller MFT cameras, is the new technology both systems will generate. It’s a great time to be a photographer. Now excuse me as I take the gear I have and go make pictures. Off to Borneo.

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