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    mikeyc71
    mikeyc71  111244 forum posts
    22 Jul 2012 - 12:34 PM

    Hi guys

    Does anyone know where I can get a Panasonic Lumix GF5 body only? The other half wants one of these cameras as a body only with 14-45mm lens. She isn't keen on the 14-42mm kit lens as its not optically very good compared to the 14-45 and has a plastic mount.

    Are there any reputable dealers that anyone knows of that sells this camera with body only? Have tried Warehouse Express and Amazon and they only seem to sell kits.

    Many thanks

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    Paul Morgan
    Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315629 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    22 Jul 2012 - 1:41 PM


    Quote: Does anyone know where I can get a Panasonic Lumix GF5 body only? The other half wants one of these cameras as a body only with 14-45mm lens. She isn't keen on the 14-42mm kit lens as its not optically very good compared to the 14-45 and has a plastic mount

    The 14-42 is as sharp as a tack, nothing wrong with it.

    But if it must be body only, get the kit and flog the lens, save more that way.

    mikeyc71
    mikeyc71  111244 forum posts
    22 Jul 2012 - 2:08 PM


    Quote: The 14-42 is sharp as a tack, nothing wrong with it

    That's not what I have read on many forums. They're mentioning that this lens is very soft and the images aren't quite as good as the 14-45mm.

    Doubt I would get much for selling the 14-42 Tongue

    Paul Morgan
    Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315629 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    22 Jul 2012 - 2:14 PM

    I can`t say I`m finding it soft.

    Which 14-42 are you on about.

    Last Modified By Paul Morgan at 22 Jul 2012 - 2:18 PM
    mikeyc71
    mikeyc71  111244 forum posts
    22 Jul 2012 - 2:25 PM

    The one that nomally comes with the body, not the power zoom one.

    mikeyc71
    mikeyc71  111244 forum posts
    22 Jul 2012 - 3:34 PM

    SRS Microsystems do a body only deal of 349. Does this sound good?

    lemmy
    lemmy  71944 forum posts United Kingdom
    22 Jul 2012 - 3:43 PM


    Quote: That's not what I have read on many forums. They're mentioning that this lens is very soft and the images aren't quite as good as the 14-45mm.

    I bought the standard 14-42mm zoom with a G3 body and flogged it, as Paul did. I usually buy kit lenses and sell them on - it makes a nice little discount on the camera. After doing that and getting a 40 cashback on the camera, it made the G3 a nice cheap little second camera body.

    I use it with the compact 14-42mm which I use purely for the size. I tried the two and found the performance of both pretty much the same. I do think forum members can be a bit on the train-spotter side sometimes. Neither of these lenses are stellar performers but both are very good. The agency I use has every exacting quality standards and the standard kit lens has no problems in meeting them whatsoever.

    Whatever, to say the lens is very soft is straight wrong. To say it is soft at all is wrong.

    Paul Morgan
    Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315629 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    22 Jul 2012 - 3:56 PM


    Quote: The one that nomally comes with the body, not the power zoom one

    I believe its the smaller power zoom that ships with this camera. I`ve not handled the new power zoom version but I should imagine it has nicer handling.

    mikeyc71
    mikeyc71  111244 forum posts
    22 Jul 2012 - 4:26 PM

    Actually, there are two 14-42 versions available as kit lens. The power zoon one is quite compact, but there are loads of bad copies floating around, where it suffers blurry images between certain shutter speeds.

    It's the standard version, with the plastic mount that the other half isn't keen on. She is put off by the fact that plastic mounts are not robust and will wear out/damage easily.

    lemmy
    lemmy  71944 forum posts United Kingdom
    22 Jul 2012 - 4:31 PM

    Sounds to me like you should buy the new 12-35mm f2.8 if you want top performance and robust build.

    mikeyc71
    mikeyc71  111244 forum posts
    22 Jul 2012 - 4:42 PM

    929 at Warehouse Express ouch! Too expensive mate Sad

    lemmy
    lemmy  71944 forum posts United Kingdom
    22 Jul 2012 - 4:54 PM

    I have found no problem with build quality or performance of any of the Panasonic standard zooms.

    I used to have a 14-45 Panasonic zoom which people used to say was better but I found it no different. The fact is if you want better build and performance, you have to pay for it.

    Stop any of them down to f6.3 and I doubt you even one of the train-spotter types could find any difference.

    mikeyc71
    mikeyc71  111244 forum posts
    22 Jul 2012 - 4:58 PM

    Thanks lemmy, you're quite right there.

    Looks like she has decided to stick with the standard kit lens until I get my GX1, as I'll be getting the 14-45 as my walkabout lens (including the Summilux 25 1.4 prime) Smile

    Paul Morgan
    Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315629 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    22 Jul 2012 - 5:24 PM


    Quote: Sounds to me like you should buy the new 12-35mm f2.8 if you want top performance and robust build

    The Oly 9-18 is pretty good.

    lemmy
    lemmy  71944 forum posts United Kingdom
    22 Jul 2012 - 5:32 PM


    Quote: The Oly 9-18 is pretty good

    Yes but that's a wide angle zoom not a standard zoom that mikeyc71 is talking about.

    The Summilux is a beauty - but an arm and a leg too. Still now you've talked your wife in to sticking with the standard zoom you've got the money, eh Wink

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