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Planning to buy used GH2

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by shockaaa, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. shockaaa

    shockaaa Mu-43 Rookie

    Apr 12, 2012
    Hi Everyone

    Just want to get your opinion on buying a used GH2.

    He's had the GH2 for about 10 months, shutter count under 2000
    put up the ad for $1100 with 14-140mm kit lens but I asked if the body could be sold separately.

    He wants $700, whats the used price for a GH2 body these days? based on what hes giving?

    Is there anything I should look out for anything in particular?

    would appreciate if anyone could fill help me out.


    on a side note: how do you check the shutter count and number of actuations on a GH2? and on a GF2?
  2. mguffin

    mguffin Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 10, 2011
    Westwood, NJ
  3. shockaaa

    shockaaa Mu-43 Rookie

    Apr 12, 2012
  4. addieleman

    addieleman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 5, 2010
    The Netherlands
    How to read out the shutter count of a GH2. Courtesy to soundimageplus who published it on this forum (I believe).

    hidden menu on Panasonic GH2 (shutter count)
    Make sure a memory card has been inserted!

    Should you want to, you can find out the number of times
    you have switched on your GH2
    and the number of times you have pressed the shutter -
    by doing the following.

    (N.B. Its complicated but it does work )

    1. Switch off camera
    2. Switch to Single Shot Mode
    3. Press "AF/AE Lock" and "Display" together, hold these
    4. Switch on camera, release the buttons after a short while.
    5. Press "Menu/Set" and "left arrow" together, hold them, ignore the display
    6. In addition(!) press 2 times "AF/AE Lock"
    Now you should see the history of problems with date and a code, up to 16 items.
    7. Press "Menu/Set" and "left arrow" together once again and hold them
    8. another additional press on "AF/AE Lock" and you see a screen with 3 counters:
    PWRCNT: counts the "switch on's"
    SHTCNT: counts use of the shutter

    Do No's. 7 and 8 again and it will bring you back to normal operation.

    (by soundimageplus)

    what is STBCNT? stabilization count?
    P.S.if you push "display" where PWRCNT is displayed, you get "Camera info.2" menu

    After you have done steps 1 through 4 you also get an extra menu ROM BACKUP under SETUP where you can save and load settings to and from a card.
  5. Aegon

    Aegon Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 3, 2011
    Portland, OR
    $500 is OK, lower can be done.

    If I were in your shoes, I'd wait until the GH3 starts shipping, probably in October, then the supply of used GH2s will increase and the price will depress.

    But if you need it today, then waiting isn't an option.
  6. zapatista

    zapatista Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 19, 2012
    Albuquerque, NM
    Mike Barber
  7. mguffin

    mguffin Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 10, 2011
    Westwood, NJ


  8. shockaaa

    shockaaa Mu-43 Rookie

    Apr 12, 2012
    Agree with all of them. might as well play the waiting game.

    Do you guys think Panasonic might discontinue the GH2 anytime soon or weed out the inventory?
  9. ChipThome

    ChipThome Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 8, 2011
    I am not expecting a huge blow out of the GH2 as we saw with the GH1. I do expect we will see a $499 close out price, anything below that I think is unlikely. Compared to $1299, the $699 current price is a god by already. I don't think $1299 will hold real long. Panasonic is running a $200 off deal now on the 12-35.
  10. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter Subscribing Member

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    If you were willing to pay him $700, why not just buy a new one? Then you get to enjoy that new camera smell. :smile:
  11. shockaaa

    shockaaa Mu-43 Rookie

    Apr 12, 2012
    absolutely not...my offer is $500.

    He's giving 3 batteries + shutter release + GH2 body for $520. deal? looks new
  12. addieleman

    addieleman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 5, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Did you check if the batteries are from Panasonic? If so, that makes the deal a lot more attractive IMHO. I guess the remote shutter release is not Panasonic, hardly anyone buys the original ones (although I have 2 :smile:) .
  13. shockaaa

    shockaaa Mu-43 Rookie

    Apr 12, 2012
    they are all from Panasonic even the shutter release...made in China though not Japan.

    I just want to also confirm are the GH2s made in Japan or China? his GH2 is made in China... my GF2 is made in Japan.
  14. youry

    youry Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 9, 2010
    Winston Salem, NC
    I will never understand how people manage to put only 2k pictures on a camera in one year having used three batteries. If someone needs that many batteries he's probably shooting a couple thousands per weekend.
  15. shockaaa

    shockaaa Mu-43 Rookie

    Apr 12, 2012
    wow...that never crossed my mind. Thanks for pointing that one out!
  16. brianb032

    brianb032 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 10, 2011
    Considering that it's a GH2, he may be shooting tons of video instead. $520 is a great price, so I say go for it.
  17. rnagoda

    rnagoda Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 12, 2012
    Tucson, AZ
    Yep - that's a good price. If I didn't already have one, that would be the price that would put one in my hands right now ... compare it to anything else in the same dollar range and you'll find it stacks up ridiculously well.
  18. shockaaa

    shockaaa Mu-43 Rookie

    Apr 12, 2012
    Bought one finally! GH2 + 14-140mm kit lens... $904CAD ...only 1550 actuations!
  19. JzduHD

    JzduHD New to Mu-43

    Sep 28, 2012
    Got one with 14-140mm as well, for $799. New open box, with 191 shutter count. I think its going to be the Christmas price on that package, with GH3 already on its way.
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