I almost missed the Facebook promoted event “Panasonic Lumix Christchurch Coffee Walk” as when I first entered the Unknown Chapter Coffee shop at 254 Saint Asaph Street in Christchurch CBD, the place was nearly full already and the noise of everyone talking loudly inside could best be described as a “din”. I wandered around and through the shop and out around the outdoor areas also. I didn’t see any “Panasonic” or other advertising and was at somewhat of a loss, so I walked around the outside area then went back in for a second go-around.
It was then that I noticed the folks I’d previously thought of as tourists with wheely-suitcases, sitting at a table where some of those there already had their own high-spec cameras out on the table. As is want to happen in a small city like Christchurch, as I stood by the table someone instantly calls out “Oh hello, Catherine !” It was, it turns out a former work colleague, Shane, back from when we both worked at the same electronics place in 2011. After ensuring that everyone was fuelled up for the walk ahead, we left the cacophony of the cafe, and went outside where Andrew shared around cameras from his Aladin’s Cave-like wheely suitcases, along with a range of lenses, (oh, and neck-straps, as he said, “don’t want to drop any of them” !).
I recorded a very short video clip, where we say our goodbyes an hour and a bit later, as this morning’s “Coffee Walk” around Christchurch comes to an end. Thanks to Andrew (we love you dude, even though you are from Auckland) and thanks to Panasonic NZ for sponsoring this morning’s event. (See my Youtube channel, KiwiCatherineJemma for the video “872. Panasonic Lumix S1/R Christchurch coffee walk”. )
The newly-being-released Lumix S1 and S1/R mirrorless cameras certainly seem to be lovely pieces of kit, which serious amateur and many professional photographers will find useful. They’re well out of my price-range, but thank-you Andrew for making these pre-release models available for people to have a try and evaluate on our walk this morning (including with a range of different lenses).
Apparently the lenses need to be an “L mount” type, of which Panasonic will have 3 variations available upon launch but about 8 suitable interchangeable lenses are already available through other providers.
Facebook had earlier shown over 40 people clicked “interested” to attend, but as it was a total of 10 people turned up (Andrew makes 11) although a couple were already well known to him, being representatives of local camera shops which are authorised Panasonic dealers here in Christchurch. All of the cameras and lenses got returned un-damaged so I’m sure that Andrew’s bosses at Panasonic NZ corporate HQ would be happy about that. Andrew answered many questions, including assurances that full warranty service support (in the unlikely event of it being needed) is offered by an authorised service agent right here in Christchurch.
The new S1 (24 MegaPixel) is apparently aimed more at users who will more likely sometimes also use some of the motion video functions while the S1/R (47 MP) is optimised for people doing entirely still photography. Note that the still photos in this article here, that I took as I trailed along behind the group, (and including the short video clip) were all made using my own Sony camera, (kindly gifted to me by a friend) which has enough features for me to still be learning them !
Thanks to Hugo, from Tauranga (currently a student of Product Design at University of Canterbury) who held the S1 model for me to get a still photo of it, and thanks to Dian who held the S1/R as I photographed it. Those still photos may not display on my Youtube but should display on Facebook and my ‘Blog (SouthernIslesReporter, of 22 February 2019).
Thanks again To Panasonic, and those seeking a high-end camera might well consider the Panasonic Lumix S1 and S1/R cameras. This is not a paid advertisement, but I enjoyed the coffee, thanks Andrew and Panasonic NZ. At the conclusion of the morning, we had to give all the lovely cameras and lenses back to the man from Panasonic (insert sad face here !)