The Panasonic Lumix GH9II Gets Put Through Its Paces w/ an International Performer

Panasonic Lumix Leica Lens

Nicole and I have worked together many times. In fact, some of our early work went completely viral, and the photos kept popping up everywhere—it was like playing “whack-a-mole,” trying to get them taken down. That’s why full-sized images of this shoot won’t be available on Flickr. Nicole has performed all around the world in various roles such as a contortionist, aerialist, dancer, and model. It’s pretty awesome that she is appearing on the 43addict camera blog.

For this photoshoot, I was loaned the Panasonic Lumix GH9 II camera and the Leica 15mm f/1.7 lens by B&H in NY. This is the gear I used to create these photos. All images were shot in RAW format and then lightly edited in Photoshop.


Leica DG Summilux 15mm ISO 100 F/1.7 1/3200

I think this photo clearly demonstrates the nature of Micro Four Thirds sensors. It’s not going to deliver the same flavor as a full frame, but paired with Leica glass it renders quite nicely and yielded a sharp subject at 1.7 with leading line that’s bokehlicious.

Leica DG Summilux 15mm ISO 100 F/1.7 1/3200

When doing photography like this, it’s important to communicate clearly with your subject and to be aware of what’s happening around you beyond the viewfinder. For example, when I was shooting this image, I showed Nicole my composition and explained my idea, allowing her the space to bring it to life.

ISO 400 F2 1/60

This photo was taken under the rail bridge, and it was challenging for me to get in there with her. I think one advantage of MFT cameras is how light and small both the cameras and lenses are. When you’re working with performers in 90°F temperatures, you better be in good shape too (my neck did hurt the next day). Nicole and I had an amazing time taking photos together, and we’re planning another shoot on a rooftop after dark in a few months.


All photos by Scott Morvay of Vi Vante

Performer Nicole Winter

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Panasonic Lumix G9II

Leica 15mm DG Summilux F/1.7


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