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Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by WT21, Apr 10, 2014.
Anyone use the Panasonic 35-100 2.8 on a GX7? Is is comfortable to use? A good fit?
I'd love to hear more about this, maybe a few "held in hand" pics of the body/lens for comparison. The 35-100 is likely my next purchase.
Kinda of interested to know if I can fit it in my existing travel/vacation bag w/ the 35-100 installed. Lowepro event messenger 150. I'd hate to have to swap lenses every time the cam goes back into the bag.
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The PL35-100 is a very nice lens. I have used it with the GX7 as well as with the EP5 and EM5. Frankly, I think it's is better fit for looks and balance on the EM5 with the the grip and battery holder. However, It's just fine with the GX7 and EP5. I'll post a couple of shots of it with each body later today.
I have the GX7 and the 12-35, and it is a bit front heavy and disbalanced to the left (due to the camera mount being on the utmost left side). I suppose the 35-100, given its bigger size and weight, would be even more so. I've never had a DSLR so can't say how its handling compares to them, though. Personally, I do not feel comfortable in holding it just with the right hand and shoot, but with a wrist strap it is perfectly ok to shoot using the right hand only. If you use both hands, or use the evf, it is not an issue at all (again, I'm speaking about the 12-35).
Here's the size comparison link, if it helps.
You should have no trouble with that combo and your Lowepro - the 35-100 is not very long, especially compared to some of the dSLR lenses that bag was designed for. The hood reverses onto the lens, which is a nice bonus.
The handling is very subjective, but I think it's pretty comfortable. It doesn't feel particularly front-heavy (maybe because it doesn't extend when zooming).
Here are some pictures of the combo. I don't think it's too unbalanced at all. The lens is not so massive as to look out of place. Sure, compared to a tiny pancake lens, it looks big but it is not too heavy for the tripod or to hold it and use it. Actually, holding the lens and body feels very natural and the zoom ring is very easy to operate.
It's not too big as a combo for me. BTW, I'm not particularly large nor are my hands. I can see the whole thing disappearing in some peoples hands LOL. Also, it will fit easily lens and all in many smallish bags, even along with the PL12-35 f2.8.
I've shot the P100-300 on an EPM1, so I suppose this will be better
I have used the 35-100 on both my EP2/3 and GX7. I also shoot a 70-200 f/2.8IS on a 5D/40D, so my impressions may be somewhat skewed, but I find the GX7 and 35-100 combination very comfortable to handhold, especially when held using a hand strap.
The GX7 has a larger, softer, more comfortable grip compared with the flatter, hard plastic grip of the Pens. I can easily one-hand the GX7 and 35-100 combo when carrying it about, but when I shoot, I support the combined weight with my left hand under the lens, with my right hand resting on the grip. The lens barrel is a nice size that can be easily cradled, and I have small hands. Used in that manner, there is nothing unbalanced here. It's my most frequently used camera-lens combinations.