GX8: Back Button AF

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by Granolatron, Oct 7, 2015.

  1. Granolatron

    Granolatron New to Mu-43

    Oct 7, 2015
    I currently own a GX7 and this is my first post here. I love the GX7 and have it setup for back button autofocus. The button placement and ergonomics make this perfect for me — my thumb naturally rests right on top of the AF/AE Lock button.

    For those who own or have handed the GX8: is it conducive to using back button AF? Are the AF/AE Lock or Fn5 (in the center of the focus mode switch) buttons easily reachable with a normal grip? My concern is that the AF/AE Lock button is too far to the right of the body—requiring one to pull in your thumb awkwardly to use all the time—and the Fn5 button is too much of a stretch to use on every shot.

    Your experiences and thoughts are welcome.
  2. srhphoto

    srhphoto Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 26, 2012
    In my experience and my hands, neither is a good solution. I find I am pinching the camera in what feels like a very insecure grip to use the AF/AE lock button, and as you say the fn5 button is too much of a stretch.

    It is the one and only gripe I've so far found with the camera.

  3. spdavies

    spdavies Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Apr 9, 2013
    You might want to post your question on the already existing GX8 thread. Lots of GX8 users posting there.
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  4. Granolatron

    Granolatron New to Mu-43

    Oct 7, 2015
    Thanks Simon. Seems to confirm my suspicions.

    spdavies, good suggestion.