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#1 John DeLuca

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 07:50 PM

Been looking at this camera and looking for some opinions.



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Posted 03 April 2014 - 10:26 PM

I have the GX7 and am very happy with it.  There are a lot of options to choose from, and I will probably be finding something new each time I shoot for a long time, but I find it to be a great all around camera.  There are many reviews on youtube, and also on the many camera sites.  Many rate the Oly EM1 as a stronger camera, but not its video.  I looked at every site I could find before I bought.  I already had several Panasonic lenses and liked the idea of the camera self correcting issues with Panasonic lenses, so I stayed with Panasonic.


What is important to you in the camera you choose?



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 07:15 AM

Hello Earl, Thanks for getting back to me about the GX7. I too have looked at the reviews and the youtube videos and think it looks like a good camera. I always had an interest in photography but never had the time, now that I am retired I am trying to get more into it. I want to up grade from my point and shoot and that is why I am looking at the GX7. The important thing about what camera I choose is that I will be able to understand it and learn with it. I am just getting started and really don't know that much about all the workings of the various DSLR's and thought that the GX7 seemd a little bit more user friendly. What do you think?



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 08:32 AM

I have found that there is a lot there to learn.  You can use the auto settings, and scenes etc. in the beginning and then take over the camera slowly as you learn.  Regarding being user friendly, I would say it is.  The settings menu is pretty well laid out; however, there is a lot there to understand.  There is a book coming out soon that I have ordered from Amazon that should be a good source of guidance, but I have been waiting for a couple of months for it to come to print.  Amazon also has a short book that covers all the settings and what they do.  This has been a help.  Even using the auto settings has pleased me  The camera does a great job!  Leaving a point and shoot for a system camera also brings in another element, lenses.  I have spent around three thousand on lenses in the last couple of months.  Many cost more than the camera, which is true with all of the changeable lens models, not just the GX7.  If you don't want to get into all of that, there are several quality fixed lens cameras that perform very well, such as the Fuji x100s or the Sony RX10 to name a couple.  When choosing you need to decide what type of shooting you will do.  Family photos, sports, landscape, action events, macro.  The type of camera should fit what you will concentrate on.  The GX7 is a great all around camera though.  Regarding being user friendly, I would say it is.  The settings menu is pretty well laid out, and again, the auto settings can be just like your point and shoot.  I hope this helps, let me know.



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 08:55 AM

What type lenses do you have and which do you like the best? I plan on using the GX on Family/Hobby/Everyday walking around shots, which lenses would you recommend?



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 10:02 PM

I like the versatility of zooms.  I have the Panasonic 12-35, 2.8 and the 35-100, 2.8.  They are  both expensive, but I could pretty much take a trip and these two would work for me.  That is unless I was shooting birds or on an African safari.  I also really like the P20, 1.7 pancake lens.  For portraits I just purchased the Oly 75,1.8.  I would purchase these over again without hesitation.  If I just had one lens I would probably take the long kit lens Panasonic which is 14-140.  It is much slower, however, than the others and not as sharp.  I would take it for the broad range it offers.


The Oly 75 would also be good for shooting a concert or a stage show.  I've seen it used for auto races and skiing too.


The shorter zoom would be one that I would put on for landscapes or street scenes.



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Posted 05 April 2014 - 07:16 AM

Thanks Earl for taking the time to reply and I will be talking with you again after I get my new GX7.



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Posted 14 April 2014 - 07:09 PM

Well, I got the GX7 along with 100-300mm, 20mm, 45mm, 14-42mm lenses and so far it has been great!! Really a user friendly camera, I am so glad I made the move .



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Posted 10 October 2015 - 10:06 AM

Well it has been 11/2 years since we got our GX7.  I now have a GH4 too.  However the GX8 seems very enticing.  Time to trade up or go to rehab.  I'm a camera junky!


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Posted 24 January 2016 - 08:31 PM

Did you get the GX8?



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Posted 26 September 2016 - 02:56 AM

I am looking for the best overall lense for the gx7 for under $500?
I am new to the photography world and using it mainly for still photos and family pictures (some video). 
I know I wont get the best pics w/ the lense under $500 but whats the next best up from the kit lense that will be "level 2" for me?
 
Thanks!



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Posted 07 January 2017 - 10:31 PM

John, No, I moved and it took me over a year and a half to find where my camera equipment even was.  I just dug it out.  While I was without a camera, I got a Canon 7dII and a couple of zooms and have been having a good time with them.  They are actually much better for taking sports pictures, although the Panasonic cameras are great for video too.  I did miss the smaller format and am glad to have finally found them.





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