Barking Mad

Although most of today’s shots came courtesy of the wide angle lens, our stroll was also occasionally subject to ariel attack from a small group of impressively insane parawing operators… who proceeded to spend the afternoon riding the thermals. Judging by the swoopy moves and relative daredevilry, it’s a pretty safe bet that they were having a lot of fun…

But given that they go up with only one parachute – and it’s deployed by the time they start – what’s a “margin of error” ???

Panasonic DMC-GX1 with Olympus ED Digital M.Zuiko 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 Lens

Clifftop Stroll

So, a glorious, sunny Sunday in August… not a bad time for a stroll along the coast, to see what’s going on. And, of course, further excuses to play with the new Panasonic lens…

Panasonic DMC-GX1 with Panasonic-Lumix 7-14mm f4.0 UWA Lens

Oh, and difficult though this might be to believe, these 6 images are not tweaked for colour or contrast. There is something about this 7-14mm lens which does remarkable things with clear blue skies… Perhaps it’s part of the lens coating? Whatever, I like it!


No, not an abbreviated version of the lyrics from Jeff Wayne’s “War of the Worlds”, but the acronym apparently given to ‘ultra wide angle’ lenses. The arrival of a Panasonic-Lumix 7-14mm [14-28mm equivalent in “35mm parlance”] made it rather obligatory to go and threaten the local scenery with the pointy end of this new toy.

On the whole it’s nice to work with: light, reasonably robust feel, quick to focus, and not bad at picking out detail when so asked. On the other hand, for £800, it should be all of that and more… that’s “L” Series money for something made of plastic… Too early to tell, other than to acknowledge that it’s actually rather nice to work with…