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Pro shooter to cover London 2012 using Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

By dpreview staff on Jul 27, 2012 at 16:54 GMT

Panasonic has announced that Getty Images sports photographer Dean Mouhtaropoulos will be covering the London 2012 Olympic Games exclusively using its recently-announced Lumix DMC-G5. His images will be displayed both at the Getty Gallery next to London's Olympic Park, and on Panasonic UK's homepage. With sports photography traditionally the preserve of large SLR cameras, the company is hoping to showcase the capabilities of its mirrorless model in this notoriously-demanding field. We suspect the press release has more to do with making the most of its Olympic sponsorship than swaying other pros, but it should be interesting to see the results.


Press release:

Panasonic team up with leading sports Photographer and reveals the camera he’ll be using at London 2012 Olympic Games

Having recently announced the London 2012 Olympic Games Images Gallery at the Getty Gallery, Westfield Stratford City, Panasonic is pleased to announce that leading sports photographer, Dean Mouhtaropoulos will be exclusively using the newly announced Panasonic DMC-G5 LUMIX G camera to capture the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Dean Mouhtaropoulos has been granted access to the London 2012 Olympic Games to capture the unique, emotional and historic Olympic moments. Having worked for Getty Images (the Official Photographic Agency of the International Olympic Committee) for 9 years, Dean is well versed in capturing epic sporting moments including both Football and Rugby World Cups, the Olympics, Champions League football, World Championships in Swimming, Diving, Hockey, Athletics to name but a few.  With Dean’s extensive experience photographing sports, and his passion for photography that dates back to his 12th birthday, when he was first given a camera, Dean was the obvious photographer to be tasked with this momentous and epic task.

With historic moments captured in a fraction of a second, Dean needs a fast, responsive, lightweight camera with outstanding image quality. Panasonic is providing Dean with a DMC-G5 LUMIX G camera to capture the games on.  The G5 is a new addition to Panasonic’s multiple award winning LUMIX G range of cameras – having only been announced last week.

Perfectly designed for a sports photographer, thanks to its compact, classically designed and easy-to-grip chassis the LUMIX G5 is effortless to carry around, yet still provides the superior image quality required for such historic shots.

With a new 16.05-megapixel Live MOS sensor; the Venus Engine VII FHD image processor; and an ISO range of up to 12,800, the LUMIX G5 provides stunning image quality, even in low-light situations – perfect for demanding shooting conditions like the Olympics.

There are no second chances when shooting at the Olympics – that split second moment is there to be captured and you need a camera you can rely on. With highly precise, light speed Auto Focus, the G5 ensures you’ll never miss the perfect shot. Additionally, the LUMIX G5’s rapid burst shooting capability - at six Frames per Second (FPS) at full resolution - can capture multiple shots of fast-moving subjects with stunning clarity.

Dean will also carry a selection of LUMIX G Lenses in his kit bag, ranging from 7mm-300mm [1] including the recently launched 12-35mm [2] X lens, suitable for capturing a wide range of scenes thanks to a versatile zoom and F2.8 brightness in the entire zoom range,.

Images taken by Dean using the G5 will be showcased at the London 2012 Olympic Games Images Gallery at the Getty Gallery based in Westfield Shopping Centre, Stratford (4th July-15th September).  Visitors to the gallery will be able to interact with Panasonic’s showcase of Smart VIERA TVs showing live London 2012 Olympic content both in 2D and 3D being uploaded from all Olympic venues.

Additionally, Panasonic will be posting ‘Lumix G Photos of the Day’ on Panasonic’s homepage (www.panasonic.co.uk) throughout the Olympic Games – so keep a check on the website as this will be updated daily. From the homepage visitors will also be able to link to the Lumix Lifestyle (www.lumixlifestyle.co.uk) page to view the full Panasonic London 2012 photo gallery. Thorough the Lumix Lifestyle community there will also be a section on Panasonic at London 2012, including general information on Panasonic's equipment at London 2012, a biography of Dean and product information and images on the G5. If this wasn’t enough Panasonic’s London 2012 Flag Tags App will be featured on the site, as well as a gallery of sports photos taken by Lumix Lifestyle members.

Panasonic has been a supporter of the Olympic Games since 1988 and this latest announcement is just an example of the innovative, creative and informative ideas Panasonic is offering for people to fully enjoy London 2012.


[1] 35mm equivalent: 14-600mm

[2] 35mm equivalent: 24-70mm

Comments

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Notnard
By Notnard (Jul 27, 2012)

The small size and light weight of this gear should be an advantage.
Image quality should be fine. How well the focus captures action, we will see.

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Rooru S
By Rooru S (Jul 27, 2012)

"that split second moment is there to be captured and you need a camera you can rely on"

Yeah, curious what kind of lenses he will be using that will provide the speed required for these kind of events...and wondering if CDAF can keep up with the action. If he manages to get several good keepers, it will be a good thing. If not, then...then he spent the Olympics with the wrong equipment.

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Antonio Rojilla
By Antonio Rojilla (Jul 27, 2012)

Yes, because when cameras and lenses were completely manual photographers didn't bother to attend sport events. Newspapers where filled with sketches instead.

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SDPharm
By SDPharm (Jul 27, 2012)

With such a small (and cheap) camera body, he can afford to have one body per lens, and the whole package will still be smaller and lighter than a high-end DSLR plus one big lens. It will be very interesting to see if the focusing system can keep up with the action though.

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vtinitus
By vtinitus (Jul 27, 2012)

Is there really a lumix 7mm-300mm lens? I couldn't find it anywhere...

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Gully Foyle
By Gully Foyle (Jul 27, 2012)

Really? Search again...

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Rooru S
By Rooru S (Jul 27, 2012)

Keep Looking, you will find it for sure ;)

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Jul 27, 2012)

It's 100mm to 300mm (200mm to 600mm FF equivalent), more or less. It's what you do not want to have on your camera if your subject suddenly appears at close range. It's what you can't use at the long end without a tripod, or it would be too shakey, so the size advantage becomes mute. The 14mm-140mm lens may be more versatile, but is rather slow for indoor venues or at night. There are some fast primes, but wide angle.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (Jul 27, 2012)

two-year old 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 MegaOIS
200-600/8.0-11 equivalent for birds under the sun.

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Brian D. Schneider
By Brian D. Schneider (Jul 27, 2012)

It's F4-F5.6 in exposure terms, 8-11 only in DOF. Sounds like an advantage to me.

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SDPharm
By SDPharm (Jul 27, 2012)

It's not a 7-300mm lens, it's a selection of lenses covering 7-300mm range, "including the recently launched 12-35mm."

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Jul 27, 2012)

There isn't a single 7-300mm lens, but the press release doesn't say there is - it says he will have a bag containing lenses (plural) that range from 7-300mm.

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yortuk
By yortuk (Jul 27, 2012)

@yabokkie That's nonsense. For exposure purposes it's 4.0-5.6. The "equivalent" numbers you give are only relavent for comparing depth of field. Just think of it as cropping the picture. If you have a full-frame camera w/300mm lens and you crop the image, that has no effect on exposure.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (Jul 27, 2012)

> for exposure purposes it's 4.0-5.6,

don't know your physics but it's clear that exposure won't give you the same image quality (exactly it gives you two-stop worse image).

what's an exposure for.

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Pat Cullinan Jr
By Pat Cullinan Jr (Jul 28, 2012)

Aperture is 4.0-5.6. DOF equivalents do not denote aperture. To use the vernacular, sheesh.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (Jul 28, 2012)

> aperture is 4.0-5.6. DOF equivalents,
(1) it's f-number equivalent. you don't talk about aperture equivalent because the same aperture size (diameter or area) gives you exactly the same output whatever the camera format is, mobiles or large formats.
(2) the physics says that if you get the same DOF equivalent, you get all and everything controlled by the f-number the same, too. there is no way you can separete them.

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Pat Cullinan Jr
By Pat Cullinan Jr (Jul 29, 2012)

Hi yabokkle,
Thanks for taking the time to write a copious reply.

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MrRoger
By MrRoger (Jul 27, 2012)

What are you all so scared about?

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (Jul 27, 2012)

some people paid Canon and Nikon to shoot the games,
some people get paid by Pana to do the same.
... scary?

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mister_roboto
By mister_roboto (Jul 27, 2012)

Indeed.

Although I wouldn't use DPR users reactions to gauge anything.

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LensBeginner
By LensBeginner (Jul 27, 2012)

I'm scared that someone will actually believe something based on a small number of photos...

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (Jul 27, 2012)

> thanks to a versatile zoom and F2.8 brightness in the entire zoom range,

f/2.8 on 4/3"? what a joke.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (Jul 27, 2012)

the be specific, Pana have now m4/3 G lenes
from 7mm f/4 to 300m f/5.6 which are the equivalents of
14mm f/8 to 600mm f/11 on 35mm bodies.
they can do no more and worth no more.

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brendon1000
By brendon1000 (Jul 27, 2012)

Thats 14mm f8 and 600mm f11 DOF. Light gathering capabilities will match a 7mm f4 and 300mm f5.6 lens.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (Jul 27, 2012)

but you cannot show a photo to prove that "light gathering capability" because the lenses cannot do the work.

the capability is physically not there, physically imposible through a lens of the same aperture diameter.

two lenses of the same equivalent f-number get the same results that are controlled by the aperture, no more, no less, no exception.

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mister_roboto
By mister_roboto (Jul 27, 2012)

funny- I could swear my light meter doesn't have a "35mm, Medium Format, Large Format" switch on the side of it....

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SDPharm
By SDPharm (Jul 27, 2012)

brendon1000 is correct, the amount of light falling on a pixel does not change due to sensor size. It's solely determined by aperture and pixel size.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (Jul 27, 2012)

> I could swear my light meter doesn't have a "35mm, Medium Format, Large Format" switch on the side of it....

it's clear that your light meter does tell you the light collecting capability of any camera because all these have very different output.

you may be interested in something in the middle but I'm interested in the result. the 4/3" lenses simple cannot do same job for you.

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mister_roboto
By mister_roboto (Jul 27, 2012)

I'd like to see your equivalency badge please.

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Greynerd
By Greynerd (Jul 27, 2012)

Is this the photographic equivalent of McDonalds doing all the catering?

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Antonio Rojilla
By Antonio Rojilla (Jul 27, 2012)

Yes, but I doubt you would spot the difference. In either case.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Jul 27, 2012)

Lulu Lumix, Panasonic's mascot, does not have a red nose and red hair.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (Jul 27, 2012)

think Sony should have been doing the same.
they have good videos and they have fastest shooting stills, too.
even for entry level translucent mirror cameras.

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Najinsky
By Najinsky (Jul 27, 2012)

Hmm. Not sure about this.

"that split second moment is there to be captured and you need a camera you can rely on"

It would be more interesting to see his keeper rate, not just the shots that work, but the ones that failed, to give it some balance and perspective.

We all get failures and surely don't want to advertise them, but without the misses this has the potential for a very one side PR exercise that could seriously mislead (giving the impression it's a camera you can rely on when in reality there may have been many let downs).

Or am I being too cynical?

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SDPharm
By SDPharm (Jul 27, 2012)

> Or am I being too cynical?

No. :) You are just too enamored by the idea that only DSLR is fast.

G5 is a new camera, we have not seen much test data on it, so why discount it?

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Jul 27, 2012)

He knows enough about photography to not try a hundred times to take a picture that his equipment cannot handle.

Look at the pics already posted. Most of them are artistic shots of static scenes.

Let's wait till he has to shoot swimming or gymnastics. That 12-35mm won't be the best for close-ups at those events. The 35-100mm would be a much better option there.

I wonder if he will break down and just use the Olympus 45mm F1.8 and 75mm F1.8. Those are much more appropriate lenses for this type of event.

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SDPharm
By SDPharm (Jul 27, 2012)

To quote the now famous ad: the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

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LensBeginner
By LensBeginner (Jul 27, 2012)

...or mebbe he knows that he won't get as many good photos, but the money he gets for the stunt is more than enough to compensate ;)

Edit: as someone already pointed out

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (Jul 27, 2012)

"G5 is a new camera, we have not seen much test data on it, so why discount it?"

The answer is in your statement, depending on whether or not you are glass is half full or empty type- and whether or not half full or empty is a good or bad thing. So many dizzying variables in life.

I'd never, ever, ever work a pro event with a camera I've not used long enough to know it like the back of my hand.

Unless I was being paid to do that no matter what the results were :).

C

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SDPharm
By SDPharm (Jul 27, 2012)

> I'd never, ever, ever work a pro event with a camera I've not used long enough to know it like the back of my hand. <

My thought exactly. I wouldn't think a pro like Mouhtaropoulos would risk his reputation if he hadn't tried out the camera and thought he can pull this off.

You can only have a half full or half empty glass if you have already seen it. My point is that we have not seen it.

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jdu_sg
By jdu_sg (Jul 28, 2012)

And then you have Mr Reichmann's review of the A700 at luminous landscape, where he pretty much did just that.

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nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (Jul 27, 2012)

Poor guy.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (Jul 27, 2012)

if the money is good, I don't care shooting with even Leica cameras, the king of jokes.

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Gully Foyle
By Gully Foyle (Jul 27, 2012)

Nicolai you really made me laugh!! Best comment ever!!

PS
Mouhtaropoulos is a well established pro (plus, of Greek decent), he'll probably think of something!

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nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (Jul 27, 2012)

I don't deny the qualities of that camera, nor do I deny the skill or profesionallness ness of the photographer, but I can't imagine how dificult it will be for him to cover the event with that camera, when all the others swing 1Dx's and D4's with all the exotic tele and wide lenses from CaNikon, knowing that at the end he will have to deliver good, professional quality photographs (especially in respect to what the others will provide).

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Gully Foyle
By Gully Foyle (Jul 27, 2012)

I totally agree, it will be a tough task. I was honest, I really liked your comment! No sarcasm.

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makofoto
By makofoto (Jul 27, 2012)

Great, as a sports shooter, in the market for one of these smaller cameras,, looking forward how he makes out with it's Auto Focus. I'm a Canon fellow, and the new EOS M AF isn't fast.

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toomanycanons
By toomanycanons (Jul 27, 2012)

Well, it's not like some unknown unsponsored photog announced he's using the G5 and he'll get the results that he will.

I saw a series of pics from a well-known sports shooter who, on a whim, took a bunch of behind-the-scenes pics at some bike race with his iPhone. Again, it wasn't some unknown covering the race with just his iPhone ("Hey, look what I'm doing!") but a guy with the rep to be able to get away with his experiment.

Same here.

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LensBeginner
By LensBeginner (Jul 27, 2012)

behind-the-scenes is not fast action.
I took some good behind-the-scenes pictures in important bicycle races with a cellphone, but the photos of the actual event weren't that good...

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Jul 27, 2012)

I have a feeling that he will be using the 25mm F1.4 for almost everything indoors. He definitely won't be using the slow zooms inside.

I have no doubt that he can get the shots. However, he isn't using the kit lenses either. So many people only buy the kit zoom and then wonder why they can't do any better than their point and shoot indoors.

Even a talented photographer can't get around the laws of physics.

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bloodycape
By bloodycape (Jul 27, 2012)

You don't think he might also be using one of the 45mm lenses, or maybe even an adapted 4/3, like the Olympus 150mm f2.0 lens and just manual focus it?

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northwizard
By northwizard (Jul 27, 2012)

UK is a very important market for Panasonic, and this is like an advertisement investment . They paid Dean Mouhtaropoulos for using exclusively the G5 and to publish his photos and report during this campain. Simple as that. It's an advertisement campain. Like McDonnalds, Lucozade, P&G and so forth

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Vlad S
By Vlad S (Jul 27, 2012)

I wonder if he will be given the not-yet-launched 35-100 f/2.8(?), which would have been perfect for the occasion.

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chlamchowder
By chlamchowder (Jul 27, 2012)

If this camera does manage to perform well at tracking action without using PDAF, I will be very impressed.

However, I suspect that he'll be stopping down the lens and zone focusing...I doubt that even the latest iterations of CDAF can track well in demanding situations.

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jpr2
By jpr2 (Jul 27, 2012)

when a dynamic action unfolds on a plane parallel to that of a sensor, then even relatively poorly focusing & tracking CDAF will have a chance to "demonstrate" its usefulness - we've seen this strategy deployed at most recent PR campaigns for every MILC at their unveiling; and of course it can be coupled with hiding AF errors in huge DOF - yet another trick :) !!

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chris_j_l
By chris_j_l (Jul 27, 2012)

I presume the G5 has the same focus mechanism as the GX1 - AFS for single shots, AFF (equivalent to traditional AFC in the rest of the G range) and new AFC which has predictive AF drive.

I have used the new AFC on cyclists cycling directly towards me to the finish line and it wasn't too bad. Just set centre focus and blast - nothing out of focus at f/5 @ 200mm.

I wouldn't do that with my GH2 as it's AFC is still the old style no feedback.

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Professor999
By Professor999 (Jul 27, 2012)

Went looking on youtube.

This clip shows what he used for one event,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igvybREjQxA

And towards the end of this next clip he talks about using the system for the Olympics,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTWXn6yczEU

Either way it works out, good or bad, it'll keep the forums busy.

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oahn
By oahn (Jul 27, 2012)

I have an assortment of cameras, lenses and accessories that more than half of you have on your "dream" list.

That's what money can buy you.

That said, my own shooting skills have increased over the years, but I wouldn't compare my skill with my equipment again whatever they were using 25-30 years ago to cover the Olympics.

My point is... A great photographer can shoot with anything and make it look incredible.

Panasonic has a contract with the Olympics, that's all.

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Daz90
By Daz90 (Jul 27, 2012)

Interesting videos, so the G5's electronic shutter will have some benefits to him

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krikman
By krikman (Aug 2, 2012)

It is sort of old school circus, like a sword-eaters, jugglers, haired face woman etc.
Imagine sportsman who used circus monocycle at bycicle race. It is very funny but not about the race and sports.
So mr. Mouhtaropoulos set a Guinness record as an only sport photographer in the world that used (hopefully once) Panasonic camera.
Bravo!

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