Panasonic GF7 with 12-32 and 35-100 Lenses - $499.97

Discussion in 'Hot Deals - Find a Great Deal? Share It Here.' started by BigCTM, Sep 1, 2015.

  1. BigCTM

    BigCTM Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 16, 2012
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  2. cnyap

    cnyap Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 30, 2015
    Pretty good deal (for Costco members, I am not)...the camera and kit lens is $400 now from the cheapest USA seller on ebay. I don't own a m43 camera yet and this one is high on my list (the very slow shutter is the biggest turnoff). Not familiar with how good the 35-100 lens is...but it's not even a 3x zoom. I really like my Canon 55-250 mm lens (400mm equivalent...not as sharp at 250mm but good).
  3. nublar

    nublar Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 22, 2013
    1/16000 is too slow for you?
  4. cnyap

    cnyap Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 30, 2015
    Yes, I am aware of the specs. If the electronic shutter is that fast and has no drawbacks, then why do you think it also has a mechanical shutter? Do you understand how electronic shutters work and what 1/16000 means? That's the time to expose each pixel/row, it is not how long it takes to capture the whole image. If the camera and/or subject are moving, you'll get the dreaded "jello effect" and/or blur.

    On top of that, the mechanical shutter is really only 1/50s. The top speed (1/500s) exposure time is obtained by not opening the shutter all of the way, but it still takes 1/50s for the shutter to move across the sensor is my understanding (which is called the flash sync speed). So if there is movement in that direction, it will be blurred in that direction...and even 1/500s is a tad slow. 1/1000s would be OK for my usage. I hope the next GM1/GM5/GF7 have a mechanical shutter 2x faster (sync speed, not just the min exposure).
  5. cptobvious

    cptobvious Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 8, 2013
    I wonder if Panasonic will approve the 2-year warranty extension on this. I'm interested in it for the lenses but worried about the longevity of the 12-32.
  6. BigCTM

    BigCTM Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 16, 2012
    I wonder too. The camera is not included but the 2 lenses are. I sent them an email asking. Probably not but it's worth a shot...Thanks.

  7. BigCTM

    BigCTM Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 16, 2012
    I am not seeing a USA seller that is an authorized dealer with a Panasonic warranty for $400 but I might have missed it. I see some grey market USA sellers that have it for around $400.

  8. tg9413

    tg9413 Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 12, 2014
    That 35-100 is very good for the size. Sharp pretty much through out the range.
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  9. cnyap

    cnyap Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 30, 2015

    Yeah, you are right, the guy I have been watching is a US seller but it says "seller warrantee". I'd also fear it's PAL (50FPS), not NTSC (60FPS)...I think quite a few cameras on ebay (new and used) are 50FPS PAL. On the bright side his price keeps falling.
  10. tkc9789

    tkc9789 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 8, 2013
    DFW, TX
    Were you able to find out if the lenses are covered under the 2 year warranty extension? Thanks!
  11. BigCTM

    BigCTM Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 16, 2012
    As expected, they never responded.

  12. Chris5107

    Chris5107 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    This seems like a great deal. Those two lenses make a pretty nice "small kit" package.
  13. limdoug

    limdoug Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 9, 2012
    Los Angeles
    Ended up ordering one...gonna sell the 35-100 when I get it though. Wife has been wanting to have me in more of our family quick trip pictures, so this should hopefully help.
  14. BigCTM

    BigCTM Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 16, 2012
    The 35-100 is the reason I ordered this set. It is smaller and supposedly it is a little sharper than the longer zooms like the 45-150.

  15. BigCTM

    BigCTM Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 16, 2012
    A lot of people will not get it because it's the GF7 but really the GF7 holds its own compared to the GM1 and the GM5 (minus the viewfinder of course). Same image quality...

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  16. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    I bought the GM1, 12-32 and 35-100. The GM1 was a little too small for me, so I sold the body and kept the lenses. The lenses work well on the EM10 and are surprisingly sharp.
  17. alxdgr8

    alxdgr8 Mu-43 Rookie

    Sep 20, 2013
    Seattle, WA
    I thought about picking one as a walkaround camera up until I realized the GF7 has the same mechanical shutter limits of the GM1/5. Sticking with my E-PM2 instead.
  18. cnyap

    cnyap Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 30, 2015
    I want a light camera for attaching to my RC airplane (I use a Fuji F20 (same as F30/F31)) currently since 2007. PM2 would work well. GM1 is lighter than PM2 or GF7, but the articulating LCD on the GF7 and 60FPS video are nice to have on the GF7 for usage as a family camera. Since these 2 kit lenses are slow, I'd want a short fast prime (14mm is only 2oz - use on airplane and normal shooting) and a longish prime.) I'd buy the 14mm lens for the PM2 - whatever I end up getting. The slow shutter on the GF7 really bugs me...having to worry if my shutter goes above 1/500, I'd be using the electronic I'd have to set it to 1/500s and let the camera adjust aperture...but if the aperture can't adjust enough in dark conditions, I'd have to adjust the settings...could become a PITA??? Also, to get 1/500s, the camera would need to use small apertures outside, therefore the lenses would not be at their sharpest aperture.
  19. Toddster

    Toddster Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 7, 2013
    Todd Cleaver
    Mine arrived today. I purchased this thinking that I would keep the lenses and sell the GF7. Now that I have the camera in hand I'm not so certain. I'd still like to sell the camera to offset the cost of the lenses but the camera is quite a nice little camera, I may just keep the whole thing.

    If I were to sell just the camera does anyone have a feel for the price for the body only camera? I usually have seen it with a lens.
  20. RVJ

    RVJ Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 19, 2015
    Saint Louis, MO
    I bought this same set through Costco a few weeks ago. I kept the lenses and sold the GF7 body on ebay for $260. You may be able to get some more, if you are willing to wait it out. I wanted a quick sell.
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