Panasonic 100-400mm with G80 or G9

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by broadway, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. broadway

    broadway Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 27, 2011
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    Which is the better match without a grip?

    I have a G80 and have a G9 on order, but I'm having second thoughts as they are both "large" cameras. I either case I want a more compact camera for walking or at least a better method of carrying one (but that's a separate issue).
     
  2. panamike

    panamike Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 5, 2016
    Lincolnshire UK
    At the moment i use my 100-400 on a G80 i felt the need to add a grip for a better hold, only handled the G9 in a shop with a short lens on but didnt think i would need a grip.
    Do you get on ok with the handling of the none gripped g80 and 100-400 at the moment.
     
  3. retiredfromlife

    retiredfromlife Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    I think if you will be using a 100-400 neither will be too large. any smaller and you may have problems with the 100-400.
    By the time you grip a smaller camera you will be no smaller in practical terms with the 100-400
     
  4. pellicle

    pellicle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 10, 2010
    Southport, OzTrailEYa
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    Myself I think EVF is the important feature, not grip... Why not treat yourself to the second body being compact?
    This is why I have a GF1 and a GH1
     
  5. Hypilein

    Hypilein Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 18, 2015
    Is there something I am missing on bigger lenses needing a gigantic grip? Surely you are supporting the camera by the lens with anything bigger than the P35-100 f2.8? What is the big deal?
     
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  6. panamike

    panamike Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 5, 2016
    Lincolnshire UK
    I found it was the zooming of the 100-400 that required me to have a substantial grip,the reason i got rid of the GX8 was it was twisting the camera into my hand and i was pressing buttons, i now have a 100-400 that is easier to zoom so it may not be the case now.
    I just like a bit of bulk to hold so long as its not heavy.
     
  7. broadway

    broadway Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 27, 2011
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    I was thinking the 100-400mm would be a better match to the G9 due to it's size rather than the G80. I did try a 100-400mm sometime ago and I recall it was rather stiff.

    If I didn't cancel the G9 the G80 would be sold, in either case I will be thinking about a second camera.
     
  8. turbodieselvw

    turbodieselvw Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 29, 2010
    Ottawa
    Well, if you have the G9 already on order, you should slap the 100-400 on when it arrives to see how it feels. If you don't like it, you can return it, but if you like it, you can keep it.
     
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  9. turbodieselvw

    turbodieselvw Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 29, 2010
    Ottawa
    I should have added that it would only work it you already have the 100-400.
     
  10. broadway

    broadway Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 27, 2011
    UK
    As I want a compact camera the GX9 release makes me think that ta G9/GX9 combination would make a good pairing rather than the G80. I only bought the G80 as a replacement for a GX7 that had an argument with a water bottle in my canvas bag.