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Finally pulled the trigger on the GH2!

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by speltrong, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. speltrong

    speltrong Mu-43 Veteran

    May 8, 2011
    Northern California
    After a grueling three weeks of research, comparisons and asking around, I finally decided to get the GH2 + 14-42 now that it's down to $750. Igor (E-M5) was a close second, but I couldn't get over the hideous aesthetics (call me shallow), the small EVF magnification or the fact that an articulating screen would better suit my needs than a tilt screen. I picked it over the G3 because I'm a fan of manual controls and don't like dinking with touch-screen menus if I don't have to. I waited until the today's Panasonic announcement to see if the GH3 was even mentioned (it wasn't), so I felt like the time had come.

  2. mnhoj

    mnhoj There and back again and again Subscribing Member

    Dec 3, 2011
    Los Angeles
    John M

    I have a gently used copy on the way. I can't wait.
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  3. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 5, 2011
    It's a great camera. And at today's prices, it's a great buy. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
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  4. sprinke

    sprinke Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 5, 2011
    Pasadena, CA
    I love my GH2. I keep reviewing all the other models and nothing fits my needs as well.
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  5. dcassat

    dcassat Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 16, 2011
    I've done the research too. You've made the right choice. We need to see and hear the results, man!

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  6. Boyzo

    Boyzo Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 3, 2010
    Its a good choice I find it easy to use with plenty of manual controls.
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  7. bilzmale

    bilzmale Mu-43 All-Pro

    I've just been down that exact path and settled for a GH2 to replace my GH1.
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  8. Dave in Wales

    Dave in Wales Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 5, 2011
    West Wales
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  9. dagaleaa

    dagaleaa Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 4, 2011
    Naples, Fl
    You will love this camera....it was the best choice for me because I have an interest in video too.....take your time, and learn like the rest of us!!
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  10. speltrong

    speltrong Mu-43 Veteran

    May 8, 2011
    Northern California
    Thanks, I think so too :)  FedEx will be dropping it off tomorrow, so I'm sure this weekend will be one giant photo shoot.

    - Photo quality won't be dramatically different from my GF1 except in low light handheld situations (which is fine, because I love the IQ of my GF1)
    - More manual controls, programmable functions and options means I can spend more time shooting and less time digging in menus
    - Articulating screen will finally allow me to compose low-angle ultrawides and fisheyes without having to hedge by doing the "tilt, snap, tilt, snap, tilt, snap, chimp-chimp-chimp repeat" method that's been getting on my nerves. VF will allow for shots with the sun at any angle without having to guess.
    - Less portable than the GF1, but not that big of a deal since getting rid of all my small lenses - better balanced with the 7-14, and now I can rent the 100-300 and use it effectively (it was a nightmare on the GF1).

    Excited :) 
  11. kinlau

    kinlau Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 29, 2012
    The GH2 is a nice camera to use. Lots of switches, dials and buttons with direct access. The EVF is nearly the same size as the VF on my 35mm FF dslr 1Ds. I've even used the articulating screen and 100-300 to take shots of birds just above water level. Just can't do it for long, otherwise I get seasick.
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  12. speltrong

    speltrong Mu-43 Veteran

    May 8, 2011
    Northern California
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  13. Drdave944

    Drdave944 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Feb 2, 2012
    Gh-2 is good

    I just love my GH-2.Advantages over Gf -2 include superior picture, eye piece,folding screen,levers to change various modes. For example you can preset to bracket. Take shots for hdr with no effort. Flip from AC AS and manual focus, change from face recognition to spot to evaluative focus with ease. Combine touch screen with push button and so on. Incredibly flexible.
    Be sure to get some of the single focus lenses.
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  14. speltrong

    speltrong Mu-43 Veteran

    May 8, 2011
    Northern California
    Yep, I'm finding all that very useful as well (though I don't shoot people, so I don't need face recognition ;) 

    I'm very happy with my lens selection so far - the 7-14mm, 7.5mm fisheye and Panasonic-Leica 45mm. The only one that I might like to get in the future (when they release it and I can justify it) is the Voigtlander Nokton 17.5mm. Otherwise I feel I'm pretty well covered for what I shoot.
  15. jeffbauer

    jeffbauer New to Mu-43

    Apr 10, 2012
    I know I've fallen in love with how customizable the GH2 is. There are adapters for almost every type of lens, and I've been been impressed with the affordable, high quality accessories that become available since it first came out. I'm mostly a video guy so it's by far the best DSLR - type camera I've ever used.
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  16. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    go win some, and get some new glasses for the GH2. :biggrin:
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  17. Zanr Zij

    Zanr Zij Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 10, 2012
    Love the ergo, control, feelling, free-angle screen, EVF, video shotting ability of GH2 but the color seem a little bit more yellow. Finding best firmware and setting for my GH2.
  18. speltrong

    speltrong Mu-43 Veteran

    May 8, 2011
    Northern California
    Finally got to handle the E-M5 (Igor) today at a camera store, and my only regret for getting the GH2 is that I didn't do it sooner. The EVF in the E-M5 didn't feel any better than the one in the GH2 and the ergonomics were all wrong. Getting a camera with a fully articulating screen was the right choice - the tilt on the M5 was kind of fussy and weird.

    Anyway, still totally jazzed about the GH2 - even moreso now :) 
  19. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    ??? R u sure? Ergonomics were totally wrong? I am on other side of the fence . I don't like articulated LCD and ergonomically EM5 Is better . U forgot to mention weather sealing which may not b a deal breaker for but it is for me. Here in Melbourne weather changes a lot during the day u always wanted a sturdy camera ..
  20. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    It'll be great when the EM5 is available in Melbourne (or anywhere else in Oz for that matter) to 'actually' try the thing out regarding ergonomics/size and all the other things.

    Just curious Bhupinder where you tried it out, I've got Monday off work i'd love to have a play.
    I was in town yesterday and the fellas behind the counter couldn't give a date as to when it would be available (Teds Cameras Melbourne)
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