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Panasonic 14-42X kit as P&S replacement

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by dhazeghi, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    I'm wondering whether anybody has tried this? My Olympus XZ-1 hasn't quite lived up to my expectations, and I'm thinking this might be the right time to replace it.

    The great thing about the XZ-1 has been that it fits comfortable in a jacket pocket, unlike my current Olympus E-PM1/14-42II kit.

    I'm thinking the Panasonic GF3X (GF3 + 14-42X) or the slightly larger and more expensive GX1X (GX1 + 14-42X) might be the best of both worlds - IQ equal to the E-PM1, but in a package as pocketable as the XZ-1. I had considered buying the lens alone, but it's still not available, and even if it were, $400 is a lot for a kit zoom lens, even one in as nice a package as the Panasonic 14-42X.

    So has anybody tried using one of those to replace their take-everywhere point & shoot camera?

    Thanks,

    DH
     
  2. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 10, 2011
    Ashland, OR USA
    David
    It's been a while since I had my old Panasonic LX3. But my GX1 & 14-42X fill that niche nicely.

    David
     
  3. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    Good to hear! So basically, your GX1 + 14-42X is going wherever your LX3 would have gone?

    DH
     
  4. 13Promet

    13Promet Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 11, 2011
    Milano
    Exactly the same experience I had: LX3 to GX1X (with very short pass by a GF2) was a great deal :2thumbs:
     
  5. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    Excellent!

    How is the startup time with the 14-42X? Does the lens require a noticeable amount of time to extend, before it is ready to shoot with?

    DH
     
  6. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 5, 2011
    To the OP: the real question, I think, is will you be satisfied with a 28-84 equivalent focal length for you P&S? Most P&S cameras have much greater ranges than that.
     
  7. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    Fair point. My XZ-1 has a 28-112 range, so it doesn't seem like a huge loss to me.

    DH
     
  8. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 10, 2011
    Ashland, OR USA
    David
    And then some. I wouldn't shoot above ISO 400 with the LX3. But the GX1 delivers usable photos at ISO 3200. And yes, it takes up about the same space in my jacket pocket.

    The lens extends in less than a second, so it's never been the problem with "getting the shot." By the time I've raised the camera to my eye, the lens is in place.

    I shoot at wide angle most of the time, so the 42mm limit isn't an issue for me. But I am interested in that 35-100mm lens to fill in the gap between the 14-42mm and the 100-300mm lenses.

    David
     
  9. 13Promet

    13Promet Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 11, 2011
    Milano
    It's definitely not an issue :smile:
     
  10. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    Excellent!

    I guess the only question that leaves is whether to grab a GX1X kit and keep the body, or to sell it and use the lens on the E-PM1. Decision decisions!

    Thanks again,

    DH
     
  11. scotttnz

    scotttnz Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 16, 2012
    That lens is what convinced me that I could sell my Canon 5D, and have a camera that has similar image quality, in a package of similar size and weight to one of the larger P&S cameras, so I had no excuse to not take it with me.

    I'm still getting used to the controls, and the lack of viewfinder, but so far I am happy. It's a great little set up. I will add a few more lenses over time for when I want to do something more specialised, but as a general purpose kit the GX1 + 14-42 powerzoom works for me.

    I am less than impressed with the bundled software though. The file management software and RAW converter are not up to Canon's standard IMHO, so I will need to look at alternatives. I guess I might have to stump up for Lightroom, or a new version of Photoshop with GX1 RAW support.
     
  12. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    Replacing the 5D with the GX1X? That's quite a bold move. Glad to hear it's worked out!

    IMO there's no substitute for a good workflow application, and Lightroom ticks all the boxes for me. Photoshop seems like overkill in most cases, and it's also not so great for workflow.

    LR has a 30 day trial, so you can test before you buy (currently ~$150 on Amazon).