The Best Deal in Micro Four Thirds

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It's remarkable how much Panasonic got right in the very first Micro 4/3 camera, the Panasonic G1.

The G1 has the same sensor as most of the latest Micro 4/3 models such as the GF2 and E-P2. Since it has the same high-resolution electronic viewfinder as the G2, it is an ideal body for those looking to get a start with Micro 4/3 and adapted lenses.

The 14-45mm kit lens for the G1 is very strong, outperforming the lower cost (and slightly larger) 14-42mm lens which replaces it in the G2/G10/GF2/GH2 kits. The fact that used 14-45mm lenses continue to sell for $200+ makes this Amazon deal (IMO) the best value for money in Micro 4/3 today:


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Note: The Panasonic G1 does not shoot video, and it does not have a touch screen.

Link: Panasonic G1 kit at Amazon

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What a great deal! Especially since the lens alone on Amazon is $330 and the G1 body is $380!

I just bought a used one a few weeks ago to go with my GF1 - and love it. It makes a great supplement to the GF1 for long and macro adapted lenses as the built-in viewfinder in much better than the add-on one for the GF1.

And the articulated LCD I though was a gimmick is actually very useful.
 

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I totally agree with the above comments. I got mine from someone who bought the kit from Amazon, then split it up since he wanted the 14-45 lens and sold the body on eBay. This current price is definately a steal. I decided it had everything I wanted and didn't have the things I didn't want, like the touch screen. It is very easy to use, takes great images, and is the perfect companion to the GF1.
 

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Makes me wish that I had bought the GF1 with the 20mm. I would buy one of these right now for the 14-45mm and get the G1 for $70. Too bad they don't have a similar G1/20mm packages.
 

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Well, the E-PL1 is not badly priced either (especially compared to the GF1:

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I had planned on a GF1 as a second body but found out I need a viewfinder to enjoy it. With the G1 for that price, I get a complete camera for the price of the questionable viewfinder (after selling the lens). How could I have resisted? Just ordered one...

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Heck of a lot cheaper than when I bought mine. I'll be glad when they sell out so mine will be worth more.

At least mine is a Japanese model. Don't know if that matters really since my A33 is from China.
 

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Tex, if ya look, 1/2 your breakfast is from China.
Nothing wrong with that. I paid over $700.00 for the G1 kit.
This is a great deal. If I didn't have the lens, I'd jump on it.
 

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G1 is still amazing value

The G1 offers so much with EVF etc and plenty of useful buttons, the wheel at the front is where I prefer it as I am accustomed to making settings changes with my eye constantly to the EVF.

I would still buy the G1 over and above the GF1 and EPL1 for all of the buttons/dials and EVF.
 

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I was afraid you would tell me that Steetshooter. I think I paid 700 for mine too and got the 45-200 with it so I know it was more than 900 total. I got too much in it to ever sell it I guess.

Got 1000 in the A33 so far and I really need that $1k Bigma lens to go with it.

I remember paying around 600 for my old Panasonic DMC-FZ50 too, but it was worth every penny.
 

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When I started getting serious about purchasing a M43 camera earlier this year, I read everything I could on the G1, the G2 and the GF1.

I came to the conclusion that the "sweet spot", for me at present, was the G1. I NEVER want to rely on an LCD (hardly ever use it, actually), don't care about video, and the 14 -45mm lens seemed to have the edge (pun intended) over the 14 - 42 kit lens.

Also, in reading between the lines on the more technical reviews, I was starting to get the impression, however correct or incorrect, that Panasonic had gotten more aggressive with noise reduction in it's later gen cameras - I'll take accutance over strengthened noise reduction any day.

And it cost less. Bonus!
 

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The G1 still seems to be holding its price over here, only about £100 less than the G2, and the new G2 being around the same price as the G1 was a year ago.
 

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G1 & 14-45 currently £299 at Currys. I have a feeling they are trying not to let it go under that mark ... but with all the new models how can they keep the price of old stock up?
G10, G2, GH2, GF2...

Dang I wish there were knock-down sets of e-pL1 & VF2 around ...
 

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I couldn't resist the $299 body only deal. I have (and love) my GF1 that I carry every day with the 20/1.7. But the G1 will be perfect with my 14-140 for many other situations.
 

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I will probably do the same, although my other lens (in addition to the 20mm) is the 45-200. Now, though, I'm torn between the new G1 at $299 and the almost new ones offered at $240 (also on the Amazon site). In addition I've ordered the Pinwide pinhole coming out next month.
 

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Not that it's a bad deal, but I don't see much advantage to the $299 body over the $399 kit. That's a $300 lens; you'd still be giving it away if you sold it for $150.
 

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Not only that, but you could handily get more than $100 for the lens, so might as well pop for the $399 even if you don't need the lens.
 
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