"Panasonic G series" Owners Thread

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I now use my GX9 mainly with the 15/1.7 and 25/1.4, although at times it can be a 12-35/2.8 or 12/1.4
Can get away with the 8-18, but it does feel a bit on the large size, same goes for the 35-100/2.8

Still find it a great travel camera, but since buying a G90 it doesn't get used so much for everyday stuff.

Not a fan of the slower variable aperture zooms, find them very limiting and on the all in one type 14mm just isn't wide enough.
The 2.8-4.0 versions are much better, but they soon change and still miss the faster aperture at the long end
 
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I've mostly been a prime user but all the MFT zooms I have have impressed me for one reason or another, the tiny 14-42mm kit lens being one of them as it's tiny, has a nice zoom range and is sharp from wide open. These other longer range more expensive zooms would be more useful but come at the cost of size and weight but they're practical and versatile and only have two real weaknesses for me, low light and limited DoF. I do see them as potentially being really good day out and holiday lenses especially when pared with a fast prime or even when pared with another compact MFT camera and lens, like my GX80 with a zoom and GX9 with a prime.

I'm probably just window shopping but these good zoom range lenses do look good if you have another lens for low light and shallow DoF when those are abilities you want :D
 
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The Online Photographer is giving the GX9 and 12-60mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens a road test. In this piece he's talking about the lens but promising to talk about the camera later.

https://theonlinephotographer.typep...nic-gx9-and-12-60mm-f35-56-review-part-i.html

I use my GX9 mostly with the Oly 17mm f1.8 but sometimes the 12-35mm f2.8. My GX80 usually has the 100-400mm, 45-150mm or 14-42mm G Vario (the tiny one) on it.

I can see the appeal of the 12-60mm but it's bigger than the 14-42mm so I don't think I'll get one but I just wondered if anyone has any experience with the 12-60mm f3.5-5.6 or the f2.8-4 version or also the 14-140mm f4-5.8?

Here they all are on cameras...

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I've got the 12-60mm f2.8-4 and think it's excellent in all respects.
 
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Hi

I've got a GX80, came with the 12-32mm, I wanted more zoom so got a 12-60mm f3.5-5.6 ... feels nicer than the smaller kit lens, better balanced.

However, I'm not using it much, but I must, it's a good lens. I have ambitions to use the 12mm end after years of zooming in on stuff. I want to improve my composition or at least experiment with different compos like portrait-orientation landscapes with FG focus.

Anyway, my two favourite lenses, currently, are the pana 25: 1.7 and the pana 45-150 variable.

I also have the pana 100-300: too big & heavy for my liking, although it's small for what it is. Gets little used.
 

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I caught this family (quickly getting away from me) on the lake near my house. Normally I would lose interest in just photographing their 'rear ends' :giggle:

However there is a symmetry about this picture I find very pleasing, what do you think ?

Incidentally, can anybody tell me what sort of water fowl they are please ?

G90 & Pan 100-300 MKII


 
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They're not foul at all, they're fowl and probably mallards. Although the mallard drakes can be pretty foul fowl as they gang-bang the ducks.
 
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A very damp sparrow after a morning bath on a cool and very overcast June morning!

G9 with PL 200mm f2.8 (large crop)
1/1000th @ f2.8, ISO 640.

A rather damp sparrow.jpg
 
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I needed to photograph some documents today as we don't have a scanner so I picked up my GX80 and mounted my Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8. I've used this lens for this purpose before. Anyway, as I was putting everything away I snapped this, quickly with eye detect on, f2.8, 1/80 and ISO 5,000 under artificaial lighting and with the TV on. Both artificial lighting and TV's can in my experience lead to difficult lighting but this is ok.



There's grain if you pixel peep but to be fair I spent seconds on this and more time could yield a cleaner result. I haven't and almost certainly wont print this but I bet it'd make a good sized print.

The point is one I've posted before, sometimes I use this kit and I shock myself at how good it is. f2.8, 1/80 and ISO 5k and it's a perfectly usable picture taken under challenging lighting with a camera that's a fraction of the size of my old 5D. The 12-35mm f2.8 is a bit of a lump but not so much as an equivalent lens would be on the 5D :D
 
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^ ^ ^
I really must try increasing the ISO more in situations like this. I tend to manage the exposure by settling for a slower speed. Slower than 1 sec and I have to switch from electronic to mechanical shutter on my GX80.
 
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That was 1/80 which is bordering on way too slow for people for me but she was sat still watching TV and almost posing so I got away with it but for less posed pictures I'd be looking at a minimum of 1/160-1/250 or there abouts depending on what they're doing, faster if I can and maybe only dropping it a bit if the ISO goes truly stratospheric. My thinking is that there's a trade off to be made between motion blur and noise and for whole pictures a bit of noise maybe isn't going to be too much of a problem whereas a bit of blur may be more noticeable.

Just about electronic and mechanical shutter. With my GX7 I used to get banding under flickering lighting but I think Panasonic must have done... something... and now it's much less of an issue for me. Maybe they haven't done anything but I do think I'm largely banding free these days for whatever reason. I have mine on either electronic or auto, electronic for silent and auto for when the shutter noise wont be an issue and when I trust the camera to make the right choice :D

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I said I almost certainly wouldn't print that snap above but I've looked at it since I took it and it's growing on me as I think it's a nice casual picture and captured a nice little moment. It might or might not get printed but it certainly wont be heading to the bin and will be looked at again as it's going in my Family Pictures folder and will be appearing in a slideshow now and again which isn't bad for an unplanned picture just snapped before I put everything away after photographing documents :D
 
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Nothing special from me just a snap and a curio.

This is the curio...



I didn't know I'd taken this and it is afaik a product of Panasonics lightening fast focus. I was looking at pictures on the back screen and when I came to download them I had this extra one. I must have pressed the shutter button without realising and it's taken a pretty nice picture of a mug of tea. It's very nearly perfectly level and I couldn't have done better myself, it's even grabbed the cup rather than the purse in the foreground. Photography is getting too easy :D

Now the snap. She was talking to her mam on the computer and I grabbed this quickly with face detect.

 
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Just a heads up. I'm shortly going to be listing all my Panasonic gear as I intend to remain simply Olympus. The items concerned will be:
Panasonic G9 and Leica 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 (and grip)
PL 100-400mm
Lumix 7-14mm f4
PL 25mm f1.4
I'm keeping the Leica 200mm with 1.4 t/c

Just in the process of getting realistic prices before I list.
All the items are mint, boxed and under 12 months old.
 
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Just a heads up. I'm shortly going to be listing all my Panasonic gear as I intend to remain simply Olympus. The items concerned will be:
Panasonic G9 and Leica 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 (and grip)
PL 100-400mm
Lumix 7-14mm f4
PL 25mm f1.4
I'm keeping the Leica 200mm with 1.4 t/c

Just in the process of getting realistic prices before I list.
All the items are mint, boxed and under 12 months old.
No interest here as I went Fuji in the end, however you might want to try getting an instant quote via https://www.mpb.com/en-uk/
 
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Surely that stuff will sell at the right price. G9 and 100-400 might well be the biggest bang-per-buck wildlife rig out there (though the 200/2.8 is one of the sharpest loveliest lenses out there for any mount IMO, it's twice the RRP and I notice the secondhand prices are gently creeping back upwards).

might I suggest, if no joy from the classifieds, waiting for an eBay 'max £1 seller fees' weekend? I keep a selection of drafts ready with photos in the app, waiting for the notification.
it's ridiculous I know, but there are many keen photographers out there who aren't TP members (what were they thinking...) ;-)
 
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I agree, the Leica 200mm is a truly fantastic lens, I'm keeping it to run alongside my Oly 300mm Pro.
I've got a decent bid from MPB on the G9 and 100-400mm and it may well be less hassle than trying to sell here. Everyone seems to want to 'steal' the items!
 
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I don't have the 300/4, which looks incredible too, but my own U.K. experience from using the TC and without, I tend to use the 2.8 more than the extra millimetres of focal length... rarely (this week excepted) is the light in woodland so good that f/4 keeps my shutter up around 1/1000!

anyway, waiting for eBay might bag you better prices: you might sell them for something similar to the MPB resale price, which for higher end stuff like yours might be a tidy three figures difference in your pocket?
 
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I agree, the Leica 200mm is a truly fantastic lens, I'm keeping it to run alongside my Oly 300mm Pro.
I've got a decent bid from MPB on the G9 and 100-400mm and it may well be less hassle than trying to sell here. Everyone seems to want to 'steal' the items!
I'm considering a PL 100-400mm, although it might be a bit too early for me, but I know at least one other on the Oly thread mentioned they were looking for one. I'll watch the classified with interest :)
 
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Hi I've just bought some FOTGA extention tube from there:

Sadly I've tried both tube individualy and with both my lenses and I get an error message;
"The lens is not attached properly. Do not push lens release button while the lens is attached"

FOTGA tube DG FT1.
Did I get the wrong stuff, am I doing something wrong or are they not working?

Thanks
 
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