Any downsides to Pana G1 w/14-45 lens?

Started Jan 22, 2012 | Discussions
Michael Dodge Thomas Regular Member • Posts: 182
Re: All about price...

Clean black G1 bodies typically run around $175-190 on Amazon (which I prefer to eBay due to the refund policy), similar bodies w/ the 14-45 are around $325-350, but with a bit of patience I bought the latter for $275 in "like new" condition.

IMO that's an excellent price for a "real" camera at "toy" camera prices, especially if you are already in the u43 system and want a second VF body, or a better-than-compact "disposable" camera for use under conditions where damage or theft is possible/likely.

OneGuy
OP OneGuy New Member • Posts: 13
Re: Still using mine to enter in International exhibitions!

@Michael J,

Some G1 reviews said that the EVF gets blurry in low light but that was before the 20/1.7 came to be. Because the EVF is straight off the sensor, my guess is that the issue goes away with the fast lens. This also tells me these reviewers don't think ahead very well.
Good luck in your competitions...

Hen3ry
Hen3ry Forum Pro • Posts: 18,218
Re: Downsides to Pana G1 w/14-45 lens? Let's take a look!

The G1 is a great camera -- and furthermore, although it is pretty cheap nowadays, I am certain its value will increase as it takes its place in history as the game changer in the mirror > mirrorless revolution. It is an exceptionally well thought out design, excellent ergonomics, and the 14-45 lens is a jewel and its OIS is a wonder.

I have moved on to an Oly E-PL3 for even more lightness and portability ('m a clapped out old wreck!) -- but I have cunningly ensured my continued "kind of" proprietorship over the G1 and certainly access to it by putting it into the hands of my daughter who is a very keen photographer too.

But enough of words, some action:

Did somebody say processing was too slow to be an action camera? Rubbish! it performed beautifully in these action situations. In the first shot, I was cunningly taking advantage of the fully articulated screen, holding the camera as high over my head as I could in the jostling crowd and dawn light. For action stuff, try shooting in bursts (the flick of a switch on the G1). I was shooting RAW+JPEG here although I mostly use JPEG only.

The 14-45 is tack sharp -- a jewel of a lens.

And what of the in-camera flash? The flowers were in shadow from a structure on my left and just disappearing into the duller color of the sea; I wanted to get them and the dedication to stand up as dominant elements in the picture. Popped up the flash. Too harsh? I don't think so! And what great coverage!

Another shot from that morning on Mordialloc pier (Melbourne, Australia) from inside the little shelter that had been shadowing the flowers and using it as a frame. Interesting coincidence that it's 33mm focal length again -- same as for the cheese shot. More sharpness and action.

Cheers, geoff
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rude Senior Member • Posts: 2,266
Re: Any downsides to Pana G1 w/14-45 lens?

OneGuy wrote:

I recently bought a new GF1 w/20mm pancake and am very happy with it. Now I have an opportunity to buy a new G1 (yes, the original m4/3) and in the four reviews I read there is nothing but prize for the cam.

Except that these reviews are three years old and do not include much of the real world experience. Before I buy the G1 I wonder if there is a downside to them.

Okay, this one is red (and that's okay), but if you had some bad or quirky things happen, please post.

i used to own one. miss it to this day. only downside i can think of...no video. lisa

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BigBarney Senior Member • Posts: 2,722
There are two downsides for me

OneGuy wrote:

I recently bought a new GF1 w/20mm pancake and am very happy with it. Now I have an opportunity to buy a new G1 (yes, the original m4/3) and in the four reviews I read there is nothing but prize for the cam.

Except that these reviews are three years old and do not include much of the real world experience. Before I buy the G1 I wonder if there is a downside to them.

Okay, this one is red (and that's okay), but if you had some bad or quirky things happen, please post.

The two downsides of the Panasonic G1 with 14-45mm kit zoom are:

  • it cannot create video.

  • my large hands struggle with the crazy (for me) positioning of the front control dial. Smaller people may not have this problem.

Since I have started using a GH2 the G1 has largely remained on the shelf. You will have no complaints about the quality of the lens and will probably want to use it on your GF1 as well as the G1.

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