Perspective GH3 buyer. Is it better to wait?

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by retroglide, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. retroglide

    retroglide Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 8, 2012
    Have just had a little insurance payment which outs me in the position to buy a 12-35f2.8 and I could also get what I always wanted, a GH3.
    Question is, is this still going to be around for a while or is a replacement on the horizon?

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  2. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    I doubt there'll be a replacement in the near future. The GH3 hasn't been on the market that long. In any case, there's always something better potentially on the horizon. If the GH3 does what you need or want then go for it - it's a fantastic camera. Why wait? - you can be taking great shots right now...
  3. retroglide

    retroglide Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 8, 2012
    Thats a great answer. Yup, by getting itni will have a great setup imho. As I already have the 35-100. So pairing that with the 12-35 & the GH3 should fulfill a lot of my needs.

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  4. caimi

    caimi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2012
    middle US
    If you're worried about newer, bigger, better, mu-43 is not for you. There seems to be a replacement for every model every 6 months.
    Of course there will be a replacement but it doesn't mean you have to replace. On the other hand, I absolutely loved the OMD but I replaced it with the GH3 . Answer your question?
  5. Halaking

    Halaking Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 17, 2012
    Los Angeles
    For $999 is great deal on GH3, the only problem for me is all my lenses are Olympus, I need some great image stabilized zoom lenses from Panasonic.
  6. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Go for it now. Good price available and the GH series has much longer time between replacement that most (all?) Mu43 bodies.
  7. mannukiddo

    mannukiddo Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 28, 2013
    Panasonic m43 bodies tend to lose their value pretty quickly so I am looking to pick up a GH3 as soon as it falls down significantly from its current price which IMHO is too much, especially considering that a GX1 which even though not as good as the GH3, is not 3 times as bad as the price seems to suggest.

    But that's just me. If you need a MFT camera today, GH3 is the absolutely best that money can buy which makes the high price irrelevant and even if it gets superseded by something better it wont stop stop taking good photos and video.
  8. arad85

    arad85 Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 16, 2012
    Define "a while" and "on the horizon". My guess is that it will be around until next year and that the price will erode gradually.

    In the UK, they are doing an offer of a free battery grip if bought before 2nd Sept. At £871, it's awfully tempting - although Digital Rev are doing them £759 body only at the moment, which erodes half the value of the grip.... I suspect that it will take a while to come down by £200 (I definitely want the grip with it).
  9. MitchHamilton

    MitchHamilton Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 16, 2010
    Banff, Alberta, Canada
    What camera are you using at the moment with the 35-100?
  10. arad85

    arad85 Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 16, 2012
    Was that aimed at me? A G5.

    It is fine - just I have large hands and the GH3 + grip fits very, very nicely - whatever sized lens I am using. I also don't like the G5s push thumb dial. I find it WAY too easy to knock and can't reliably change aperture - I end up changing exposure compensation almost every time I touch it....
  11. retroglide

    retroglide Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 8, 2012
    Im currently using my 35-100 with the G5 and have had some good results from it.

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  12. arad85

    arad85 Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 16, 2012
    And I caved and my GH3 will arrive tomorrow. £880 delivered plus a free battery grip (which I really like). Back to a decent sized camera with small lenses :D 
  13. pointbob

    pointbob Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 2, 2012
    You will love it.

    Only issue I had was the evf was fuzzy using my left eye - switched to right eye and perfect. Weird I know. ANd I do not wear glasses.
  14. stevendotwang

    stevendotwang Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 13, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    Steven W
    Perhaps you need to adjust the diopter.
  15. kinlau

    kinlau Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 29, 2012
    Maybe you do need glasses.
  16. arad85

    arad85 Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 16, 2012
    The EVF has a knoiwn "fuzzy issue". I tested one in store, and the handling of the camera won over the fuzzy corners.
  17. retroglide

    retroglide Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 8, 2012
    Well, have took the plunge and ordered the GH3 along with the 12-35 and should hopefully be here tomorrow. Will also be able to claim the battery grip too which is a bonus. Can't wait :D 

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  18. johnnymg

    johnnymg Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 16, 2013
    Big congrats ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ :cool: 
  19. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    GH3 is a solid camera, ticks a lot of boxes for me. Plus when you pair it with 12-35 and 35-100, the handling is just about perfect. Congrats. Why wait.
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