ChaoPhraya Sketchwalk in Bangkok (Video)


Here's the video I made from my recent sketching trip in Bangkok.

I brought the new GH3 along together with the Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 and Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens.

The 12-35mm lens is a fantastic lens for traveling. It's not light, but it has a very useful zoom from the wide of 24mm to 70mm. The main advantage is you don't have to change lens, basically same as kit lens, but with the f/2.8 you get more leeway when working indoors during the day.

For low light, I brought the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens. I was deciding between the Voigtlander 17.5mm f/0.95 and the Olympus. In the end, I favored the lighter setup for the trip.

The f/1.8 lens works well at night, but it has it limitations. f/1.8 is relatively fast, but when compared to the f/0.95, it's still almost 2 stops slower.

The f/1.8 lens is good for night photography when there are lights around — the street lamps, indoors at night.

When it comes extreme low light situations, such as candlelight, a nighttime BBQ, you need the fastest lens possible. When you cannot predict the lighting, you need the fastest lens possible.

Chaophraya Sketchwalk 2013 in Bangkok
This was the sort of lighting I was shooting with. For photos, it's still acceptable to shoot at f/1.8 ISO 3200, and maybe ISO6400. Photos will be noisy but alright for viewing online.


The videos I shot at high ISOs of 3200 and 6400 are just too noisy to be used. They are basically a sea of moving grain.

For my next trip, I'll definitely be bringing the f/0.95 lens. It's effectively a 2 stop advantage. The video can be then shot at ISO 800 or 1600. That would have made a difference between having footage you can use or not.

So while the Olympus f/1.8 is fast, sometimes it's just not fast enough.

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