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Ford Hot Rod at Merchatville Car Show 2011 shot with Panasonic Lumix GH2 and the Lumix 7-14mmMerchantville Car Show Shot with Panasonic Lumix GH2 and 14-140mmIt was July 2011 and I had just purchased my awesome Lumix 7-14mm superwide zoom with constant f/4 aperture.  For interior shots, it’s an amazing lens that can really expand a small space, but shooting small spaces can only be so much fun.  I wanted to get out of the house and put my new tool through its paces.

I decided to grab my daughters and head up to the local car show, The Merchantville Car Show, which happens to be one of the best and largest in the South Jersey area.  It was a blistering hot July day with lots of chrome and eye candy.  A perfect playground for my GH2 and my new lens.

I started out with the 7-14mm mounted to my GH2 and had a blast experimenting with composition.  I couldn’t believe that by placing the camera just inches from the center of the car, I could get the majority of the front clip of the car in the frame!  Wow, this lens is wide!  The great thing about this lens is that it is rectilinear, meaning it’s not a fisheye.  So there’s some distortion especially on the edges of the frame, but with careful framing it won’t distract from the subject of the photo.

After about an hour and a half I decided to switch over to the 14-140mm kit lens to get some sniper shots of the crowd and cars at a distance.  If you watch the slideshow below of all the shots from that day, the point where I switched lenses is very obvious.  It was a great day and a lot of fun.

2011 Merchantville Car Show TrophiesDo you have either of these lenses?  I’d love to read your impressions of them in the comments!  What are your favorite outdoor events to shoot?  I can’t wait to read your thoughts!

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