Beyond limitations - the Panasonic Lumix G9
Discover how Jan Kruger shot the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games
Held every four years, the Olympic Winter Games are the ultimate opportunity for the world’s best winter sports athletes to have their shining moment of glory. Panasonic is proud to partner with Team GB for the Winter Olympics, and this year the sheer passion and dedication of the athletes really paid off with Team GB’s most successful ever Games. Among the lucky fans who were able to attend the events were an even luckier select group of photographers who were there to capture every moment of the action on the Panasonic LUMIX G9. We caught up with Jan Kruger from Getty Images, who took along the G9 to see how it handled all the icy action.
Jan, how did you get to shoot PyeongChang 2018?
When I was asked if I would be interested in photographing this year’s Winter Olympics using the new Panasonic LUMIX G9 camera, I jumped at the opportunity. As a sports photographer, documenting the world’s best athletes competing at the Olympic Games is a huge privilege, and it turned out to be a fantastic experience.
Have you been to the Games before?
The PyeongChang 2018 were my third games as part of the Getty Images commercial assignment team. This body services all of the picture requirements for major sponsors during the Olympic Games. This enables these sponsors to demonstrate their positive involvement in events of global interest.
How did you prepare for shooting the Winter Olympics?
I received the Panasonic LUMIX G9 just a couple of days before my departure to Korea. I set up the camera in a way that felt familiar and immediately began to play around with it. My settings changed daily as I got to know it better. I soon realised that different focus points and shutter speeds worked better for some disciplines and not others. I’ve always believed that it’s vital to get to know your equipment inside out. That’s the only way to be able to maximise its strengths to achieve your desired images.
How did using the Panasonic LUMIX G9 help you capture your shots?
The Winter Olympics are fast in nature, they take place in a very cold climate, and they’re mostly held in the evening under artificial lighting. Despite all of these impediments, the camera performed really well. The more I used it, the more confident I felt in being able to get the shots I was after. Alternatively, when I was working in broad daylight on the slopes, I immediately noted how well the camera performed. Using a low ISO and a fast shutter speed to capture the athletes flying by was an absolute dream. Overall, I thought that the tracking worked well and that the Leica lenses supplied were excellent. I really enjoyed the challenge of adopting the new LUMIX G9 and putting it to the test.
Photographer factfile – Jan Kruger
Originally from South Africa, but now based in Chester, England, Jan Kruger is a regular freelance photographer for Getty Images and has worked for major brands such as Nike, Adidas, BMW and the PGA.
Camera factfile – Panasonic Lumix G9
Enjoying the enviable position as the world’s fastest camera, the LUMIX G9 is the go-to body for when you can’t afford to miss a single shot. With record-breaking quick AF (0.04sec), exceptional image quality and dual image stabilisation, this is the perfect companion for sports and action.
- Price: £1499
- Effective resolution: 20.3MP
- Sensor: 17.3x13mm
- LCD: 3in 1040k-dot free-angle touchscreen
- Shutter: Bulb, 30min-1/8000sec
- Autofocus: Contrast AF system
- ISO: 200-12,800 (extended to 100-25,600)
- Shooting speed: 20fps
- Video: UHD 4K 60fps at 100MB/s, Full HD 180fps 20MB/s
- Other features: 6K photo 30fps, 4K photo 60fps, Silent Mode, Dual Image Stabilisation, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- Battery life: Approx. 400 shots from a single charge
- Card type: SD, SDHC, SDXC UHS-I/II
- Weight: 658g
- Size (WxHxD): 136.9x97.3x91.6mm (body only)
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