StevenE: I would not be comfortable doing this.
More importantly, I think you get better photos from co-operative subjects, and you find many more opportunities and stories by going up and talking to your subject first.
StevenE I wouldn't be comfortable with it either, however what you're describing there is portraiture work, not street photography.
Purchased the Note II specifically for photography and videography, but it had nothing to do with using it to take photos. The sumptuous 5.5 inch screen is a godsend when paired with the GH3's wifi feature. That extra real estate makes all the difference.
Airless: This phone is garbage, not sure why any photographer would prefer it over the S4 or IPhone 5
Pairing the 5.5 inch screen of the Note II with the wifi functionality of a number of DSLR cameras makes it an eminently more attractive proposition than an iPhone
Richard Murdey: To which we infer that, 6 months into its lifecycle, this camera is not exactly on fire.
And from your comment I'm going to infer that you have quite the talent for establishing a fallacious argument.
Maybe it's a different story in the UK, but demand has far and away exceeded supply is most other markets. I placed my order mid Jan and have been given an expected delivery date of 4 March. So it's with a degree of bemusement that I read about this "try before you buy" caper.
Kodachrome200: olympus please make a fast 25mm lens please
@ Andy CroweWelcome to the world of rabid fanboyism, where brand indoctrination is adopted with religious fervor, common sense and reasoned thinking are flung straight out the window, and actual photography is but a distant afterthought.
Tim F 101: Seems like a sensible update that brings Panasonic in line with the best selling point for micro 4/3 - SMALL cameras that take ok pictures. The old Panasonic 14-42, being both ok-to-crappy and large, de-emphasized one of the main reasons why people check the system out in the first place. Of course folks who want a small-to-medium camera that takes great pics can always spend extra on primes and a better zoom.
@maustaand asiten, and asieleven, and asitwelve...
mpgxsvcd: I understand that this is an internal focusing lens. However, is it an internal zoom lens(like the 35-100mm F2.8) as well? Does the barrel extend when you zoom?
The picture does not make it clear whether it extends when you zoom or not.
It's a shame there's not an image of it extended.
Ulfric M Douglas: I think this is a great step! The existing 14-42 doesn't have a great reputation, the power-zoom 14-42X has a wildly variable reputation, the original 14-45 has an excellent reputation but you can't buy a new Lumix camera with that lens on anymore.IF this new one goes back to the great optical and QC standards of the 1st 14-45 then everyone will be happier and there will be less "why my photos shakey?" threads.
I agree, although I suspect IQ will be roughly on par with that of the previous 14-42mm. Still it has a lot more going for it than the piece of glass it's replacing.
Ergo607: Yet another kitlens... Where we waiting for that?
Yes of course we were. An updated version of the previous lackluster kit lens was always going to be a welcome upgrade. This is great news for anyone purchasing future Pany m43 cameras.
Robert Eckerlin: Why is the Lumix DMC-FZ200 (which is probably an excellent camera) with its dimensions included in the list of the "Top 5 Compact Cameras"?
I was thinking that such cameras where part of what is often called "Super Zoom" camera category.
It's all relevant isn't it. There are such things as 'compact' cars, yet no one's slipping one of those in a pocket either. I'd suggest a camera with a 25-600mm equiv f/2.8 constant aperture lens such as the FZ200 is the very definition of compact when evaluated fairly against its contemporaries.
Mike Ronesia: " Panasonic's second constant aperture zoom for Micro Four Thirds"
Isn't it the 3rd?
Looks like this one might be on my list before the 12-35. I've been liking what I've been seeing from it so far.
Likewise held off on the 12-35mm until seeing the capabilities of the 35-100mm. I'm now glad I did!
Plastek: I still think that getting a real thing is a better option then playing with huge m4/3 mirrorless. How about great AF and large sensor? There's Canon, Nikon and Sony waiting. Or how about outstanding high-ISOs? There's Pentax down there.
No reason to struggle with m4/3 what so ever. Perhaps that's a camera for people with loads of spare m4/3 lenses, but otherwise? Waste if money.
There's only one other SLR style camera that can do high bitrate 1080p, and the 5D Mk III costs $3500. Unfortunately it also comes lumbered with a number of debilitating IQ issues (at 1080p its resolution barely scrapes above standard def). So you can see why the GH2 was coveted so by enthusiasts. So when you talk about the "real thing", this is very much where it's at.
And if all that is meaningless, then possibly you should consider a camera that is not marketed as a true hybrid.
Demon Cleaner: Anyone who outlays $1100 for the "special edition" 12mm f/2 instead of paying the same amount for the 12-35mm f/2.8 X lens needs their head read. Oly can't honestly be expecting to sell even a single unit at that price point.
@peevee1Incorrect. The 12-35mm is now selling for $1100 from a number of merchants. See Amazon store front for one.
@ ChekrI've got a bridge for sale my friend. I know you'll be keen on it. It was made by Olympus.
pentaxination: Panasonic needs to retire this line. At best, it is a decent video camera. That's it. Boring and shows how the m43 is nearing the end of the road. Maybe they ought to merge two m43 sensors together for some real estate to build on?
The GH2 sold an astronomical number of units. Why on earth would they retire the line?
Bob Meyer: Not enough information in this preview to help me decide whether I want one or not. While the enhanced control layout looks very nice, I'm OK with the GH2 layout. I don't think the extra size will be an issue (in spite of DPR's comparisons to the Sony SLT, the lack of a mirror box really makes the overall volume quite a bit less). I don't really need a weather proofed body, and I'm willing to trade the more rugged construction of the 3 for the lighter weight of the 2. Have to see just how much heavier it feels.
The important questions (for me) aren't answered: How much better, really, is the EVF? Is C-AF any better? Are card writes faster? They really need to be MUCH faster. Is the rear screen usable in bright sunlight? How much better is image quality?
For the price and weight trade off the GH3 will have to offer real advances in multiple performance areas to make me consider it, I'm afraid, especially since it appears to lose one of my favorite features, the multi-aspect sensor.
Looking forward to seeing some production unit reviews asap. Philip Bloom said he would post his impressions as soon as it was announced (having shot the 'Genesis' vid with it).
Anyone who outlays $1100 for the "special edition" 12mm f/2 instead of paying the same amount for the 12-35mm f/2.8 X lens needs their head read. Oly can't honestly be expecting to sell even a single unit at that price point.
G5 looks interesting. I traveled the world with the G3 and it did everything supremely well with no fuss. Look forward to the review and seeing just how much of an upgrade it is.
viztyger: Excellent review; I've always liked Jeff's personal style. I'm a little dismayed though to see antiquated British Imperial Measurements used exclusively in some charts. I would appreciate metric equivalents or being able to switch back and forth.
Cy, that first sentence of yours has left me scratching my head a little. I think the point Viztyger is trying to make is that DPR has an international readership, however the USA is the only industrialised nation that still uses the imperial system of units in any official capacity. Not that the use of either overly bothers me personally.