2nd hand GX1

JensM

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Helping my brother last week with some "consumer"advice and checking the local equvialent of Craig list for G90s for him, I stumbled over several GX1 in the $80-100 bracket so I bought one, partially with the thought of getting it IR converted somewhere down the line, and partly to horse around with as a "clunker" EDC.

I came into M43 on the GX7, after the release of the GX8 so I never looked at the GX1 when it was current, I was then checking out the Fujis after buying a Pentax K7 due to its "small" size. I got the GX8 not long after the GX7, and never really looked back from that, and have had the G9 for a couple of years, with the GX8 as a second house after off-loading the GX7. It was what I foresaw, a slight upgrade every now and then and put the dosh in proper, good glass.

Anyhow, I had never seen a GX1 before I got my package today and by Jove is it tiny:
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tiny does not equal light though, it is a solid little chunk. The deal I got, bought me the GX1 with the 14-42 power zoom and a nice little Manfrotto bag, all for about $110. Will probably off-load the power zoom, and it will cover most, possibly even the total cost of the package.

Part of the idea of buying it was as mentioned to use as a clunker EDC, and to see how it fares as such, gave it a small spin tonight with a 20mm MkII and first conclusion is somewhat easy, the lack of stabilizer is rather notable in the dark...

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This one and the one below:

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Was what was salvageable from about 20 pictures taken, I have shot under similiar circumstances with modern types and it easily swaps around on the discharge/keeper ratio. I will pair the GX1 with the 12-32 and 35-100 f:4-5.6 combo and work those one out. For the moment it is quite intriguing, based on size and "feel" and I will work it a bit to see what is possible with it, especially in combination with the Topaz suit and lens stabilization.

If it lives up to its first impression as to what it produces as to files, I wouldn't be adverse to the idea of picking up a couple of more bodies and stick them in a drawer for later. Nor would I be raging if Panasonic brought out an updated version, am actually pondering the GX800, a bit dearer but still possible to get with the 12-32 for less than $200 over here, even though I am a bit leery to the lack of finger grips on it. I disregarded the GM5 back when I got the GX8 as to tiny, but cant recall if that one had any bumps.

Will look for a LVF-2, just because it is part of the system, and I do like a viewfinder, which is probably why I never looked at these ones, when they where current.
 
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ex machina

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That's a great price, especially when including the kit lens. I like my GX1, bought it several years ago when my GX7 was in the shop. For the kind of photography I do its photos don't look all that different from from those taken with my GX7, if at all. The screen and system response difference, though, is really noticeable. I'd love to see how the LVF-2 looks, and have bid on the couple I've seen become available but couldn't get the price I wanted. I keep threatening to bring it with me as a second camera but have decided I ultimately prefer traveling light, so it's one or the other on outings. That combo with the p20 makes for a light traveling package, indeed! Enjoy!
 

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Great little camera. Really solid build quality, made in Japan I believe. It was quite a premium priced model when released. I was really happy to pick one up here on the Sales forum when the prices dipped .

I must say though, the color science and overall image quality has improved since then. GX7 was a great step up already but nowhere as elegant, and the smaller EVF was a big disappointment .
 

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Had the possibility to get some dedicated time with it today, pesky weather and bad light made for some interesting shooting situations and "great" files to tweak with... First dry observation is that rain drops on the lens, dont show up on the screen...

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And that there are more DR in it than I thought:

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Lenses of choice for todays outing was the 12-32 and its companion, the 35-100 f:4-5.6 and the camera with both lenses fits in a large(ish) jacket pocket.
 
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