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Is the Panasonic GM1 a good idea?

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by RSilva, Mar 6, 2015.

  1. RSilva

    RSilva Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 24, 2011
    Portugal
    I left the m43 boat 2 years ago but miss these cameras a lot. I just love the size and look of the panasonic GM1 so can anybody tell me about it's usability? BTW is the Leica 15mm a better choice than the pana 20mm? I already had the pana 20mm and the IQ was great, also miss the oly 45 :(
     
  2. budeny

    budeny Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 4, 2014
    Boulder, CO
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  3. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
  4. ManofKent

    ManofKent Hopefully still learning

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    Dec 26, 2014
    Faversham, Kent, UK
    Richard
    I really like my GM1s. For me their portability outweighs any handling niggles.

    Size wise the 20mm sticks out less from the front, but it does overhang the body slightly if you don't use the grip - with the grip it's fine. I don't own the 15mm, but the sample shots have put it (and the pana-leica 25mm on my want list).
     
  5. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 20, 2013
    I'm quite familiar with the current m4/3s cameras and I just ordered me a GM1. I want a big and a small camera and the GM1 is going to be the small one. It beat out the PM2 and PL5 because it has no shutter shock. It beat out the GM5 and GF7 because its smaller. It BARELY beat out the PL7. PL7 has IBIS stabilization but it's a bit bigger and since I'm going to have a bigger camera anyway I figured I'd forgo the IBIS.

    There are many good lenses that fit well on the GM1. Here are your favorites: :)

    hi_PC030512.

    666-Panasonic-Lumix-GM1-20mm-lens-_1384187290.

    Also, check out these links:

    http://www.ephotozine.com/article/panasonic-lumix-gm1-lens-examples-23397

    https://www.mu-43.com/threads/74174/
     
  6. Ricoh

    Ricoh Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 2, 2013
    UK
    Steve
    I'm sure it is, but the GM5 is even better, loving mine. Also, the 15/f1.7 is a dream lens.
     
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  7. RSilva

    RSilva Mu-43 Regular

    172
    Oct 24, 2011
    Portugal
    Does not look bad. I am using currently a Leica CM with the 40mm lens and it´s my favorite focal, I used also the pana 2omm in the past and love it.
     
  8. RSilva

    RSilva Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 24, 2011
    Portugal
    Totally agree about the lenses, I used them both. Just found a used Gm1 plus 12-32 for 400eur and might go for it! Thank you all.
     
  9. Serhan

    Serhan Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 7, 2011
    NYC
  10. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    Australia
    I just received my GM5. I decide to go with the GM5 because I wanted to have the option of a EVF and wanted the dedicated dial and extra buttons. Will hopefully find some time to post some of my thoughts on it.
     
  11. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    Other than MAYBE price I'd have a hard time picking the GM1 over the GM5.
     
  12. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    Australia
    Yes the price of a second hand GM1 was tempting in comparison with the GM5, but I suspect I just wouldn't bond with the lack of buttons/dials. I was waiting for the price of the GM5 to drop, but came across a special/discount code which brought the GM5 + 12-32 to ~$590USD
     
  13. JoFT

    JoFT Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 11, 2014
    Stuttgart
    Johannes
    Cannot understand leaving the µ43boat... so great....
    I have both, GM1/GM5. The GM5 is way better camera in terms of handling... I wrote e detailed comparison on both http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/lumix-gm5---ab-big-step-ahead...
    In terms of 45mm: I love the Elmarit 45mm lens. and the 15: phantastic. I love primes! Next trip will be the first prime only trip....
     
  14. budeny

    budeny Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 4, 2014
    Boulder, CO
    I thought about GM5 too and came to following, besides the good price ($200):
    - Built-in GM1's tilting flash is handy to have
    - GM1 is still smaller and easier to pocket without EVF and thumb bumps
    - Due to squarer ratio, GM1 screen displays LiveView and images much bigger.

    So, I decided that when I really need EVF, better controls and hot shoe I will use them with bigger lenses and EM10 anyway, so for secondary camera GM1 is quite good fit (for me).
    But if you plan to have just one camera, then go with GM5.
     
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  15. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    Valid points and I guess I might agree for additional versus only.
     
  16. RSilva

    RSilva Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 24, 2011
    Portugal
    I left m43 because at the time there was no serious 35mm fast lens (only the oly 2.8/35) and still I believe no 21mm equiv. lens and that is a shame. I don´t mean a zoom that fills that gap but a outstanding 10.5mm prime lens.
     
  17. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    True enough on the original 17, but the f/1.8 is great.

    A 21mm prime? :hmmm: Kind of an odd focal length. I did a quick search and there is only one, Zeiss Distagon T* 21mm F/2.8 ZF.2, priced at a little over $1800. There are 14mm full frame lenses that would give you 21mm on an APS-C camera with a 1.5 angle of view factor (this at least excludes Canon). But even those are pricey with the Pentax being the cheap one at $800, the Nikon is is a little over $1699 and the Canon is just under $2300 (but it's 22.4mm eq).
     
  18. RSilva

    RSilva Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 24, 2011
    Portugal
    21mm IMHO is the best focal for architecture&landscape photography, all major brands deliver lenses for this purpose. Leica M/R 21mm Elmarit and Zeiss ZM/ZF/ZE 21mm Distagon are among the best. My option was to go with the Fuji X and their marvelous 2.8/14mm. A good wide lens is obviously expensive and I would not mind to pay at the time more than 1000eur for a mZuiko 10.5mm.
     
  19. ManofKent

    ManofKent Hopefully still learning

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    Dec 26, 2014
    Faversham, Kent, UK
    Richard
    I had the Nikkor AIS 20mm and the 20mm AFD but sold them as I didn't use them enough. I've seen some nice shots taken with the new 20mm 1.8G (I think that's around 1100 EUR), and if a fast 10mm was produced I might be tempted again...
     
  20. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    While Zeiss and Leica are wonderful. I'm not sure those two count as all the major brands.