Equipping a new GX85

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by VisualUniverse, Jul 4, 2016.

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  1. VisualUniverse

    VisualUniverse Mu-43 Rookie

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    Jun 25, 2016
    Phillip L Jones
    I am completely new to micro 4/3. Been shooting Nikon since late 1980s and Canon since 2007. Decided to try something lighter for travel. New GX85 should arrive this week. Took advantage of KEH's recent 15% off used digital gear and picked up the Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 and Leica 15mm f/1.7. Bought the 35-100 f/4-5.6 while on sale. Will add a macro lens later on.

    For strap carrying, I use a Black Rapid for my DSLRs, but it is probably a bit too much for the GX85. Any recommendations?

    For tripod, I use all arca-swiss compatible gear. Seems there isn't anything available yet for the GX85 in terms of a compatible plate, nor an L-bracket. Was hoping to get an L-bracket for shooting vertical panoramas.

    For camera bag, thinking messenger style. Never used one, but it seems like it will be easier to use. Tenba DNA 8 and LowePro Streetline 120 H look nice, but the latter may be to big. Any recommendations?

    For those of you utilizing a shoe-mount flash, how often are you using it?
     
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  2. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    Hi & welcome...
    Shoulder/Sling straps:
    Peak Design Slide / Lite
    OpTech
    Joby UltraFit

    The Peak Design converts between a sling and a neck strap.
     
  3. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
    I used Black Rapid RS-1 on my DSLR before also. But as you say it's a bit chunky for mft. Peak Design is great as written above, I use a Leash with my GX85.
     
  4. jjviegas

    jjviegas Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 18, 2013
    Madrid, Spain
    I use an Artisan and Artist Acam-262 leather strap. It's made of very soft leather and fits great. I tried a Peak Design one but the anchor links get in the way in such a small camera.
    As bag I've been using a Domke F5XB or a Billingham Hadley Small, but I'm waiting for a new Tenba Cooper 8 to arrive.
     
  5. rico7578

    rico7578 Mu-43 Rookie

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    Jun 9, 2016
    GX85 = Good choice to enter in the m43 world ! I have it and I'm very happy with it.

    My recommendations : (what I own/prefer after some tries)
    - lens : add a Pana 42.5mm f1.7 and it will give you a portrait and a near macro (proxy) lens.
    The rest of the kit is perfect (I have the same)
    - strap : 1901fotografi cheap all leather "Leiter Eggleston" strap (The 1901 'Leiter' Eggleston Leather Camera Strap)
    - bag : Tenba Switch 8 or 10 (depending of the size of your ipad) : Switch
     
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  6. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
    Display protection

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  7. VisualUniverse

    VisualUniverse Mu-43 Rookie

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    Jun 25, 2016
    Phillip L Jones
    Thanks all! Great suggestions. :2thumbs:
     
  8. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    I bought the Expert Shield ant glare screen protector, which I would actually not recommend; it takes down the LCD sharpness somewhat, plus did not perfectly fit my screen. Vertical size was a little short. I was surprised as previous Expert Shield products I've used were great. Maybe aim for the extra clear one instead of anti glare and if the size is off, contact them. They're great at fixing issues and very communicative.
     
  9. VisualUniverse

    VisualUniverse Mu-43 Rookie

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    Jun 25, 2016
    Phillip L Jones
    Just checked their online store and see that only the Crystal Clear version is avail for the GX85. I may try it...thanks.
     
  10. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
    I have some "Brotect". Perfect fit. Easy assembling. Good vision. Hardly notice it's there once you got it on.

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  11. tquest

    tquest New to Mu-43

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    Jun 26, 2014
    California, USA
    Tony
  12. VisualUniverse

    VisualUniverse Mu-43 Rookie

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    Jun 25, 2016
    Phillip L Jones
  13. jjviegas

    jjviegas Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 18, 2013
    Madrid, Spain
    Same here, I have both on the GX80 and the X-Pro2, great product!


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  14. VisualUniverse

    VisualUniverse Mu-43 Rookie

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    Jun 25, 2016
    Phillip L Jones
    A couple of accessories I purchased:

    1) Thumb grip off of Amazon - mounts in the speedlight shoe. Makes a huge difference in handling.

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    2) FotoDiox DLX adapter for Nikon G - handles my current G lenses as well as my old AIS lenses. The red ring rotates aperture in the G lens, and has built-in Arca-Swiss compatible dovetail plate.

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  15. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    I don't get how the thumb grip is useful when it places the thumb so far from where it rests now. Does it really improve handling?
     
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  16. mpresley

    mpresley Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 13, 2012
    Wolfe City, TX
    Michael
    I've got a collection of Nikon AIs lenses with beautiful manual focus mechanisms, how do G lens mechanism feel when used as a manual focus lens? I don't know why but I expect them to feel kind of plasticy and cheap.
     
  17. VisualUniverse

    VisualUniverse Mu-43 Rookie

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    Jun 25, 2016
    Phillip L Jones
    Yes. I'll take a photo tomorrow with my hand holding the camera.

    Only attached the 105mm f/2.8G macro so far, which is a heavy lens. It looks plasticy, but it is heavy duty plastic. I'll play around more tomorrow with an AIS lens and a few other G lenses.
     
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  18. MJL

    MJL Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 24, 2016
    Katikati, New Zealand
    Marinus
    In the "native lens image showcase" you can get a nice feel for what people are enthousiastic about by looking at the number of replies.

    The length of the threads for e.g. the Panasonic 14 F2.5, Panasonic 20mm F1.7, Panasonic 7-14mm F4, Olympus 75mm F1.8, the Samyang 7.5mm F3.5 are giving you an indication of the love for those lenses.
     
  19. Antonio Correia

    Antonio Correia Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 19, 2016
    Setubal - Portugal
    How do you feel about the use of the Gadget World Black Thumb Grip in practical use ?
    I find the handling of the GX7 rather difficult and the accessory seems to be a good option.
    Thank you ! :)
     
  20. dalto

    dalto Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 6, 2016
    Texas
    I use the Black Rapid Metro strap. It is a scaled down version more appropriate for smaller cameras.