Panasonic S1R- the "do-it-all" Camera Body

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mrb375
mrb375 Contributing Member • Posts: 921
Panasonic S1R- the "do-it-all" Camera Body
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I've had the body over a year now, and it's a versatile do everything camera, and for some reason it's "Special Order" only at B&H Camera.

In my heart, I lust for the Leica SL2 but my Visa Card says Panasonic S1R.

Do I give up much by having the S1R and -not- the Leica SL2?

I really don't think so... I understand the high-end German product, but I'm really not a Pro Photographer... just a Prosumer kinda guy.

I've used both manual focus and auto focus lenses from Sigma, Panasonic, and Zeiss.

Yes- it's a heavy, substantial piece of gear.. but I like that. Often, I attach a small 50mm Zeiss ZM lens and it's less of a weighty proposition to carry when I often walk 6-8 miles with this set-up (with a wider Zeiss 35mm in the cargo pants pocket and a spare battery) and I'm light and nimble.

Video? I never use it -nor- do I know how. Strictly stills camera.

47.3MP Full-Frame MOS Sensor
Venus Engine Image Processor
5.76m-Dot 0.78x-Magnification OLED LVF
3.2" 2.1m-Dot Triaxial Tilt Touchscreen
UHD 4K60 Video Recording
ISO 100-25600, Up to 9 fps Shooting
Contrast-Detect 225-Area DFD AF System
Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization
Weather-Sealed Construction
187MP High-Res Mode, Dual Card Slots

Here's a video I just compiled using the aforementioned gear:

 mrb375's gear list:mrb375's gear list
Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 Carl Zeiss Biogon T* 2/35 ZM Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2/50 ZM Sigma 40mm F1.4 (L-mount) +5 more
Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R
47 megapixels • 3.2 screen • Full frame sensor
Announced: Feb 1, 2019
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Portraits
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jrp Contributing Member • Posts: 549
Re: Panasonic S1R- the "do-it-all" Camera Body

I have both the SL2 and the S1R and use them both.  They are both v capable cameras, at least for scenes where resolution trumps the need to capture movement, or where you need v high ISO.  I enjoy using the SL2 more as it is a little bit simpler and less bulky, but they produce comparable results.  I'd get the S1R and spend the savings on lenses (particularly the Leica Summicrons if you want next level image quality, or some of the newer Sigma lenses if you like compactness).

FredInMN1 Contributing Member • Posts: 808
Re: Panasonic S1R- the "do-it-all" Camera Body

I would expect them to be closely related under the body shell. Biggest difference is the UI implementation. S1R has lots of knobs, buttons, and dials, and tilting touchscreen. SL2 has no tilting screen, few buttons and menus driven interface. It's with which you are more comfortable.

SL2 should be better with M adapted lenses, and a subscription website claims the SL lenses are 'better' on it. YVMV.

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mrb375
OP mrb375 Contributing Member • Posts: 921
Re: Panasonic S1R- the "do-it-all" Camera Body

FredInMN1 wrote:

SL2 should be better with M adapted lenses, and a subscription website claims the SL lenses are 'better' on it. YVMV.

My big wish is, with the Leica L-M adapter, that the S1R would "read" the EXIF from my Zeiss ZM lenses.

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Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 Carl Zeiss Biogon T* 2/35 ZM Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2/50 ZM Sigma 40mm F1.4 (L-mount) +5 more
jrp Contributing Member • Posts: 549
Re: Panasonic S1R- the "do-it-all" Camera Body

It won’t do that even on the SL series.

mrb375
OP mrb375 Contributing Member • Posts: 921
Re: Panasonic S1R- the "do-it-all" Camera Body

jrp wrote:

It won’t do that even on the SL series.

A guy can Wish…

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Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 Carl Zeiss Biogon T* 2/35 ZM Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2/50 ZM Sigma 40mm F1.4 (L-mount) +5 more
Off The Mark Veteran Member • Posts: 6,197
Re: Panasonic S1R- the "do-it-all" Camera Body
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mrb375 wrote:

...Video? I never use it -nor- do I know how...

Maybe try pressing the little red button on the top of the camera???

I am only being snarky because living in the very photogenic Bay Area, I see people all the time taking stills with cameras that shoot excellent video, only to break out their phones when they decide to switch from stills to video.

Things That Make You Go Hmmmm....

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mrb375
OP mrb375 Contributing Member • Posts: 921
Re: Panasonic S1R- the "do-it-all" Camera Body

Off The Mark wrote:

mrb375 wrote:

...Video? I never use it -nor- do I know how...

Maybe try pressing the little red button on the top of the camera???

One day.. I will push that button and say:

That was Easy!
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 mrb375's gear list:mrb375's gear list
Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 Carl Zeiss Biogon T* 2/35 ZM Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2/50 ZM Sigma 40mm F1.4 (L-mount) +5 more
mrb375
OP mrb375 Contributing Member • Posts: 921
Re: Panasonic S1R- the "do-it-all" Camera Body

Had to re-upload video here

 mrb375's gear list:mrb375's gear list
Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 Carl Zeiss Biogon T* 2/35 ZM Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2/50 ZM Sigma 40mm F1.4 (L-mount) +5 more
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