- Panasonic GF1 thoughts?
I've been toying with the idea of an SLR camera for a while, but was always put off by the bulk. Would like something with lots of options and manual controls etc, but small enough to take out biking/walking/climbing etc
The GF1 sounds like it could be pretty much ideal. The only thing putting me off is a couple of reviews said it's not great for action shots because of the lack of a viewfinder. Now I'm not bothered about doing serious action/event photography or anything, but I would like to be able to get some reasonable action shots out biking/snowboarding or whatever.
Anyone on here got one? How do you find it for bikey pics? Any examples? Ta.Posted 8 years agoCapt. KronosSubscriber
I think they are fantastic wee cameras. I was toying with getting one myself for when the 5Ds are too much like effort. Only thing stopping me is price… and the thoughts that there may be some interesting things about to crop up that I can wait for (large sensor compacts/Canon and Nikon bringing some alternatives to the m4/3 type camera arena… though possibly with a different sensor size), new version of the Lumix LX3 expected this year etc.
If you like the GF1 then go for it. Take a look at the Olympus Pen-2 which should be on the shelves very soon too as an alternative. It's basically the original PEN sorted a bit and may be a little better than the Panasonic (the GF1 gave Olympus a bit of a kicking, the PEN-2 is a response to that)Posted 8 years agomansonsoulMember
I've got a Panasonic G1, which is just a little bigger than the GF1. I really like it a lot. I have the 20mm lens and that makes it a very compact camera, with a lovely viewfinder and good controls. It's not a pro camera, but there is no shutter delay like a compact camera so a single action shot is fine. And it's tiny so you can slip it into your camelback and not feel it. The GF1 is even smaller, so I think it would be great. I understand that the GF1 performance is similar to my G1.Posted 8 years agoJPcapelMember
I have the GF1 with the 20mm lens.
I have this as a more portable option on rides to my Canon DSLR.
To date, the DSLR hasn't been used since getting the GF1 – its that good.
Took some action shots – jumping off a ladder drop – last weekend, in poor light – results are superb – on the "idiot mode/Ai" as well.
The lack of view finder I agree with, would be better with one, but thats not the "style" of a bridging camera. Also the 20mm lens means you have no zoom so its back to walking backwards/forwards to capture your shot – which has a sense of fun in itself.
For the actual quality of pictures and its HD filming it seems outstanding.Posted 8 years ago
love my GF1, went from a D80 to the GF1 and havent really missed the D80.
Was out with the kids sledging yesterday and was using the GF1 to shoot video of them. Something i wouldnt have been able to do with the D80.
Here's a link to my flickr:
plus the 365 im doing, all bar one so far are GF1 pics.Posted 8 years ago
Weirdly enough I'm in Lancaster too. I recognize the place with the clock – near Burton-in-Kendal?
yep, tis our offices.
Finding that im being more adventurous with the GF1 in taking pics, plus dont feel as "in your face" when pointing it at street performers or using it at parties.Posted 8 years ago
I have played with one but overall I think it is not quite there yet. I am comparing them to a LX3 and a Nikon D40 and can't see real benefits.
I do fail to see the point of picking it over a good compact or a small entry level DSLR. I mean why else would you be getting a DSLR if not for the fact that allows the flexibility of lenses. The moment you need a different focal length than the 20mm – and believe me you will need it – you've lost any benefit of portability compared to a small normal DSLR. On top of that you've lost image quality (especially when it comes to noise at higher ISOs), you get higher shutter lags, no viewfinder, very limited/expensive selection of lenses and accesspries and all that while paying twice as much as a decent low end DSLR.
Do they look cool? Absolutely, but I wouldn't pick one when I can have an LX3 and a D3000 for the same amount I would pay for the GF1 or the PEN alone.Posted 8 years ago
I do fail to see the point of picking it over a good compact or a small entry level DSLR
1. Bigger sensor than any compact
2. More compact than any DSLR (even with the bigger lenses)
TBH, I would not buy one as my only camera, but it is a great alternative for when you don't have the energy to carry a DSLR.Posted 8 years ago
So how does everybody find the 20mm as an all around lense? Can it actually manage to be kept on the camera for a days worth of shooting or you longing for a bit more / less zoom?
Or has everybody opted for the 14-45 zoom which is a lot more versatile but not even close to pocketable? 🙂Posted 8 years ago
10-24 Tamron / Nikon if you have the money and a fixed 400mm also if you have the money are your best friends.
I am just asking cause a friend wants a portable but flexible camera and was thinking if he has to get the 14-45 then it is not all that great as it is still too bulky. But if you can get by with the 20mm for all day shooting then that is a whole different story.
I think I will just experiment, set my Nikon at 27mm and keep it there for the whole day, see how I get along.Posted 8 years agojoemarshallMember
How about the zoom lens that comes with the PEN 1
A lot flatter when closed than the other zooms.
Is there a disadvantage to using that with the Panasonic? I guess you don't get image stabilisation.
JoePosted 8 years ago
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