Panasonic S1R as a travel camera - great experience!

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PaulSnowcat
PaulSnowcat Senior Member • Posts: 1,320
Panasonic S1R as a travel camera - great experience!
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A week ago I've returned from a trip to Istanbul where I was using my Panasonic S1R. I must say that I am completely happy with this experience.

I had 2 lenses with me - Panasonic S 20-60/3.5-5.6 and Panasonic S 24-105/4.

First of all - the obvious. Size and weight and size. I must say that this camera with any of the 2 lenses I had with me is THE most comfortable camera I ever had. My hands are not very large and I all my fingers can be placed on a grip of Fuji X-S10 or Nikon Z50, but large grip of S1R is far more comfortable then even those good APS-C cameras. I have a habit of keeping camera in my hand for all time when I am shooting and I am not using a hard strap... I can say that I had absolutely NO problems keeping S1R in my hand for several hours while shooting Istanbul attractions.

47MP sensor gives plenty of details, which is very-very welcomed in wide angle shots! Besides, those files are not THAT hard to process. My Huawei Matebook 13 with AMD Ryzen 3500 CPU (and GPU) and 16Gb of memory processed these files with ease (DXO).

One more thing - S1R gives you RAW files that are extremely flexible. You can apply lots of postprocessing to them without loosing that Panasonic's special natural, lifelike look. This becomes obvious for you when you process your RAWs.

Both lenses I've had are great. Panasonic S 24-105/4 is quite common lens and gives you all that you can expect from it and a bit more. It is very usable at all focal lengths and at all f settings. But also it can give you 7.5 (!!!) stops of vibration reduction when paired with S1R!

But what I must highlight is that Panasonic S 20-60, while being the most cheap lens ion the L system, is a great piece of glass! I can say even more - I cannot imagine how I managed to exist in my travels without it!

This lens is has simply great focal range for travels! 20mm is wide enough for 99,9% of things you can shoot in a travel, while this lens also has 60mm! It allows you to keep this lens on camera for a long period of time without changing it.

About the battery. I was afraid that I'll have problems with S1R's battery as it consumes quite a lot of energy. But actually I found that one battery is enough for most days. 2 batteries are enough ALWAYS. I've had 3 batteries with me, but I never used the 3rd one actually.

I've used energy saving mode mainly (one that makes camera to fall asleep after 10 secs of inactivity.

One and only complain I have about S1R is it's on-off switch. It is badly places and not very easy to reach... But that's still acceptable.

Also, I can say that I've never has ANY complaints about AF system of the camera. Even in the darkest places it was very reliable. I an using AF-S though and shooting only stills (no video).

Also I must mention the ability of AF system to detect animals. It detects ANYTHING! Cats, dogs, or course, but also sheep, goats, birds, even fish!

Overall, I can say that S1R is THE best camera for a traveling photograph. If you travel to make photos, as I do - this is a dream camera for you!

Thanks for your attention!

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spartanlaw Junior Member • Posts: 25
Re: Panasonic S1R as a travel camera - great experience!

Great shots! Love my S1r also. Fantastic camera, I just hope Panasonic will not give up on the S1r, and looking forward to a S2r. Again Great Pics!

JamesRitson Regular Member • Posts: 197
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I use a Panasonic S5 and 20-60 kit lens for travel and it works very well, low light with the S5 is frankly amazing.

I am now using my GFX100S less and less since getting the S5.

Lovely images BTW!

rashid7
rashid7 Veteran Member • Posts: 6,817
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spartanlaw wrote:

Great shots! Love my S1r also. Fantastic camera, I just hope Panasonic will not give up on the S1r, and looking forward to a S2r. Again Great Pics!

im hoping for an 'S5r'

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PaulSnowcat
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Thanks! Last time I tried FF camera it was SONY A7-II and I was disappointed as it almost had NO increase in quality from equal MP crop sensor (A77-II).

This time it is all different! With S1R gives me tremendous increase in IQ comparing to  my last crop cameras!

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PaulSnowcat
OP PaulSnowcat Senior Member • Posts: 1,320
Re: Panasonic S1R as a travel camera - great experience!

I was thinking about getting GFX S50 (the first one)... But decided to get S1R... Your words prove that I was right.

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Mike2019 Contributing Member • Posts: 892
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Nice shots.

The S1R is too big and heavy for a travel camera.

Try the Sigma fp L!

It is much smaller and lighter, has 60 Mp, and excellent high ISO performance.

PaulSnowcat
OP PaulSnowcat Senior Member • Posts: 1,320
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For me FP cameras a the most awful cameras out there ergonomically. I will never have such a camera... Maybe it is OK for video in a cage, but for photo it is... well... really bad (ergonomically, I am not speaking of pictures it takes, I know they are great).

S1R is perfect for me - right size, not too heavy (to heavy are Big Black Cameras, as people call them (Nikon D5, etc).

Small cameras can never be as comfortable as larger ones. Even ones with great grip, like Fuji X-S10 and Nikon Z50 are less comfortable then S1R and they require L plates to increase their size (I owned both), while S1R is perfect as is.

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JamesRitson Regular Member • Posts: 197
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Mike2019 wrote:

Nice shots.

The S1R is too big and heavy for a travel camera.

Try the Sigma fp L!

It is much smaller and lighter, has 60 Mp, and excellent high ISO performance.

But it ha no IBIS and with that sensor and bad ergonomics it is difficult to get sharp images without a tripod.

rashid7
rashid7 Veteran Member • Posts: 6,817
Re: Panasonic S1R as a travel camera - great experience!

JamesRitson wrote:

Mike2019 wrote:

Nice shots.

The S1R is too big and heavy for a travel camera.

Try the Sigma fp L!

It is much smaller and lighter, has 60 Mp, and excellent high ISO performance.

But it ha no IBIS and with that sensor and bad ergonomics it is difficult to get sharp images without a tripod.

& has AA filter )-;

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rashid7
rashid7 Veteran Member • Posts: 6,817
Re: Panasonic S1R as a travel camera - great experience!

rashid7 wrote:

JamesRitson wrote:

Mike2019 wrote:

Nice shots.

The S1R is too big and heavy for a travel camera.

Try the Sigma fp L!

It is much smaller and lighter, has 60 Mp, and excellent high ISO performance.

But it ha no IBIS and with that sensor and bad ergonomics it is difficult to get sharp images without a tripod.

& has AA filter )-;

believe me, if it comes down enough in price, id still be tempted

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Mike2019 Contributing Member • Posts: 892
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You have a wrong impression.

I have big hands, and find it comfortable to hold my fp L with the small grip, and lenses up to the Lumix 24-105.

There is also a larger grip that makes it comfortable to hold the camera with larger lenses.

PaulSnowcat
OP PaulSnowcat Senior Member • Posts: 1,320
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I've tried it. I mean I've had it in my hands. My personal impression is "awful".

That additional grip and additional EVF... What it is - a lego? I prefer classic DSLR ergonomics. The less experiments the manufacturer does with it the better.

The best cameras (from my point of view) I've had in my hands (ergonomically!):

And this is my anti-top of worst (ergomonically!) cameras I've had in my hands:

All images are taken from Camerasize site.

As you can see I am quite stable with my preferences. All cameras I enjoyed using most are almost the same size. Weight differences of 200-300 grams are nothing to be talked about, I am not hiking at the heights of 5000 meters and higher, where every 100 grams really matter.

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JamesRitson Regular Member • Posts: 197
Re: Panasonic S1R as a travel camera - great experience!

OT but I doubt you will be welcome in many European countries going forward...

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