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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 body only


mikeyc71 11 1.2k
22 Jul 2012 12:34PM
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 Plus
14 17.1k 6 England
22 Jul 2012 1:41PM

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 11 1.2k
22 Jul 2012 2:08PM

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 Plus
14 17.1k 6 England
22 Jul 2012 2:14PM
I can`t say I`m finding it soft.

Which 14-42 are you on about.
mikeyc71 11 1.2k
22 Jul 2012 2:25PM
The one that nomally comes with the body, not the power zoom one.
mikeyc71 11 1.2k
22 Jul 2012 3:34PM
SRS Microsystems do a body only deal of 349. Does this sound good?
lemmy 8 2.3k United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 3:43PM

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 Plus
14 17.1k 6 England
22 Jul 2012 3:56PM

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 11 1.2k
22 Jul 2012 4:26PM
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 8 2.3k United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 4:31PM
Sounds to me like you should buy the new 12-35mm f2.8 if you want top performance and robust build.
mikeyc71 11 1.2k
22 Jul 2012 4:42PM
929 at Warehouse Express ouch! Too expensive mate Sad
lemmy 8 2.3k United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 4:54PM
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 11 1.2k
22 Jul 2012 4:58PM
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 Plus
14 17.1k 6 England
22 Jul 2012 5:24PM

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 8 2.3k United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 5:32PM

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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