Lumix Ambassador

Lumix G9 + 12-60mm & 50-200

A few months ago I had the chance to become one of the Lumix-ambassadors. It was time to take the next step to a whole new level, not only in terms of material, but also with my photography. As a result, I ended up at Panasonic (Lumix). Just in time for my departure to Vietnam I received the Lumix G9 with the Leica 12-60mm and 50-200mm + tele converter. A light and compact camera of top quality made it the ideal travel partner.

So the first big test was on my trip through Vietnam. Together with the G9 I travelled from the North to the South, from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh and from big abandoned rice fields to the busiest cities of Vietnam.

If I had to choose one thing that I will remember from my stay in Hanoi, it would be train street. This is a famous place in Vietnam, not because it is beautiful or religious but because at this place a train passes by 3 or 4 times a day at high speed. The street is just big enough to let the train pass. By the time the train will pass everyone who lives here or has a bar, can hear a bell ringing. Then everything has to go really fast and in a few minutes all furniture from the small pubs must be on the side of the railway. For security reasons, we even had to wait in a Vietnamese women’s living room.The train didn’t slow down for a second and passed very quickly. Luckily the Lumix G9 has a fast autofocus with 20 frames per second. This is why I was able to take this sharp photo. My favorite photo from my trip to Vietnam has to be the one with the rare monkey. During research I had read that somewhere in central Vietnam there lives an endangered species. This was something I definitely wanted to see myself.

As a travel photographer I always want to meet as many people, places and new cultures. The stabilisation in the body and lenses made it easier to travel without a tripod. Mainly because I could move faster from place to place. In the months of June, July and August Northern Vietnam is known for its monsoons. The rain falls out of the sky and a few minutes later it can be dry again. During our entire trip we only had 2 showers. Because the Lumix G9 is weatherproof I was able to shoot even in the toughest conditions.

Via, via, I ended up at a local ranger. I contacted him and he took me on a 5 hour trip. At 4 o’clock in the morning, the jeep was ready to drive to the nature reserve. After a quest of almost 3 hours we caught some glimpses of the endangered species. But then suddenly I saw a little group of three monkeys named the ‘red-shanked douc langur’. Me and the species looked at each other for almost 1 hour. I was very impressed. Despite the distance I had to shoot some very good shots. Especially because I travelled with the 50-200mm and teleconverter. Due to this lens I could perfectly capture the emotions and details of these monkeys in their habitat. And because I used the G9 it was very comfortable to hold it for such a long time.