Lives in United Kingdom Lancashire, United Kingdom
Works as a IT - retired
Joined on Aug 25, 2009

windmillgolfer's current gear

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 (Lumix DMC-FZ2000)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 (Lumix DMC-TZ60)
Just got it and am impressed so far with ISO up to 1600/3200 and the speed of operation. Also, this camera has a good range of Fn buttons and other direct controls for such a tiny device. The EVF is superb.
A gem of a camera, pocketable, useful zoom range, superb control and stunning lens. The 1/1.7 sensor supports ISO 400-800 if needed at f1.4
I’ve had the TZ60 since they came out (upgrade from TZ30). It’s the only camera I’ve ever paid full price. The zoom range is incredible and the EVF, althoug small, combats those sunny/reflective conditions that render the LCD useless. It’s the last TS with GPS. The GPS is very good but I do not use it. Any recent TZ makes the ultimate lightweight travel camera. If/when the TZ60 dies on me, it’ll be replaced by the TZ90 or, if it comes with a tilting screen, the TZ200. Meanwhile, I see no value in upgrading to the TZ70/80 or 90.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 (Lumix DMC-G80)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1
Best camera I’ve had, wonderfully solid and robust in the hand. The new shutter is a delight and the dual IS works effectively. I’m cured of GAS, except, maybe, I could imagine buying a second G80 so that I can have immediate access to 14-140 and 100-400 with dual IS.
The tilting screen is a very useful change, compared to the GM1, it makes life easier for floor level UWA usage. I miss the lever control for focus mode. Build is no doubt robust but feels plasticky compared to GM1. Hence only 4 stars despite the big plus of the tilting screen. Great as a second body or lightweight primary when travelling.
The GM1 is a gem of a camera. The control wheel I find perfectly fine, maybe because it is very similar to the wheel on the TZ60 that I use a great deal. Although minimal, the few Fn buttons and AF-S/AFC/ Manual control are enough combined with a tailored Q menu and the touchscreen.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5
The EVF is the big attraction for situations when the sun is just too bright to use the screen. Quite like the placement of the Fn buttons. The clickable control wheel works well but I hope it is more robust than the similar wheel on the older LX5.

windmillgolfer's previous gear

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Unsurpassed handling, manual zoom and focus a delight to use. Limited ISO and, now, small screen are its only weaknesses. Worth buying secondhand if only to experience it and the resell - you might even make a profit :-)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 (Lumix DMC-TZ7)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 (Lumix DMC-FZ38)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 (Lumix DMC-TZ30)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
Fujifilm FinePix S1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
Canon EOS 30D
Superb all rounder, does everything and fast. Weather sealing works: cold, rain and snow.
Canon EOS 500D (EOS Rebel T1i / EOS Kiss X3)
Canon EOS 600D (EOS Rebel T3i / EOS Kiss X5)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7