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...the Panasonic Lumix G9.

 

Right now I don't think there is a better value proposition in Micro Four Thirds than what is offered in this affordable body. It will most definitely be overkill for my needs, but it will add some sorely missing video capability as well as bring new features that I don't have, such as high res mode. 

 

It probably won't focus my old Olympus 50-200/2.8-3.5, but that's OK. I think it's time for me to upgrade lenses too and the Leica 100-400mm is looking large in my radar. Won't ever need more lens than that. 

 

Only thing missing right now is the $1000 needed to buy the bloody thing! :D 

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Ordered. Should get it early next week. The deal I got was just too good to pass up, so while I may have to go without a few superfluous things (like food) for the next few months, I will have what is probably the best value buy in MFT at the moment.

 

This marks quite a momentous occasion in my photography life as it's the first time since 2008 that I have bought a brand new camera (that one being the Nikon D700). All other cameras that have passed through my hands since 2008 have either been obtained as trades, gifts or second hand items. Really looking forward to exploring this one!

 

 

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Looking forward to hearing more about it when it arrives.

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On 29/07/2020 at 01:15, Dallas said:

...the Panasonic Lumix G9.

 

Right now I don't think there is a better value proposition in Micro Four Thirds than what is offered in this affordable body. It will most definitely be overkill for my needs, but it will add some sorely missing video capability as well as bring new features that I don't have, such as high res mode. 

 

Dear Dallas,

Congratulation for your new camera model. The choice of a Panasonic Lumix is may be the best alternative to follow into the MFT format. By coincide I have followed the same path a month ago, going back to Micro FourThird with a Panasonic Lumix camera model and few lenses. The Panasonic selling success into the video vlog market might be determinant for the next few years continuity. And the price level of the Full Frame cameras and lenses stays a serious deterrent for a private photographer.

Regards, Daniel M

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7 hours ago, danielm said:

 

Dear Dallas,

Congratulation for your new camera model. The choice of a Panasonic Lumix is may be the best alternative to follow into the MFT format. By coincide I have followed the same path a month ago, going back to Micro FourThird with a Panasonic Lumix camera model and few lenses. The Panasonic selling success into the video vlog market might be determinant for the next few years continuity. And the price level of the Full Frame cameras and lenses stays a serious deterrent for a private photographer.

Regards, Daniel M

 

My thoughts exactly, Daniel. 

 

I dallied with the idea of the Sony A7 series for a long time and then thought, why? There’s nothing I do in photography right now that requires a format change. I have excellent lenses for MFT and the Lumix G9 just makes a lot of sense. A move to a 35mm format would mean going back to huge lenses and more of the weight that I was trying to get away from. 

 

The value proposition is also massive here. The G9 is about half of the price of the Olympus E-M1.3 locally and it stacks up really well against it (according to Dpreview anyway).

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I’ve been watching the Nikon mirrorless as I previously shot with Nikon DSLR, and despite some reduction in body size, the Z lenses all look huge, even for wide to normal primes.  
 

Daniel, I’m surprised you ditched your Fuji system.  I’m guessing there isn’t  much size difference.  I know Dallas would be reluctant to try Fuji given his reliance on Lightroom.

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1 hour ago, crowecg said:

Daniel, I’m surprised you ditched your Fuji system.  I’m guessing there isn’t  much size difference.  I know Dallas would be reluctant to try Fuji given his reliance on Lightroom.

 

Hello Chris,

 

Fujifilm offer probably the best APS-C sensor format implementation of the photo equipment market. Their line-up is complete from entry-level to more professionally oriented products, their lenses are stellar, their image output is awesome, and all their system is very mature and competent. I have never been disappointed by the image results obtained by using Fujifilm cameras and optics.

Why I choose to go back into the Micro Four Third is a matter of smaller thing or combination. For example, I have always appreciated to have in-body-image-stabilization in a smaller camera body and to be able to combine wider focal zoom range smaller lenses such as the Lumix G Vario 12-60mm. Ergonomics can be also a factor since the hand measurement criteria of the Panasonic chief engineer seems to be closer to me than the Fujifilm counterpart! 

I have no doubts that either Fujifilm and Panasonic or Olympus are altogether fine photographic systems. At the end it is really a personal choice but as Dallas already mentioned, the bulkiest of the Full Frame image sensor systems prevent me to consider them as an interesting option.

Have a good day, Daniel M


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7 hours ago, Dallas said:

The value proposition is also massive here. The G9 is about half of the price of the Olympus E-M1.3 locally and it stacks up really well against it (according to Dpreview anyway).

 

I think you have made an excellent choice considering your professional needs. I can refer you to these two fellows from Canada and England that are very fond of the G9:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W1Tzr43L4c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjYeF_PpoAw

Good day from Canada, Daniel M


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2 hours ago, danielm said:

 

I think you have made an excellent choice considering your professional needs. I can refer you to these two fellows from Canada and England that are very fond of the G9:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W1Tzr43L4c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjYeF_PpoAw

Good day from Canada, Daniel M

 

It was actually the video that Chris & Jordan made for Dpreview comparing the G9 against the Olympus E-M1.3 that sold me on it. :) 

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1 hour ago, Dallas said:

 

It was actually the video that Chris & Jordan made for Dpreview comparing the G9 against the Olympus E-M1.3 that sold me on it. :) 

 

Yes, that is another very good one.👍


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Dallas,

My next camera will be one I already own.

I've seen countless others moan and groan about their equipment, and when they rationalize the expense of getting newer, and debatably better gear, and make the switch, I usually see no appreciable difference in the quality or scope of their subsequent work.

I'm too old a bunny to get caught up in this  business. My remaining film gear as well as my two current digital cameras (Nikon D3 bodies) and the stable of lenses I have for them all are more than adequate to cover anything I want or need to do photographically.

Robert

 

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I shoot film. That's film. F...i....l....m. You remember film don't you? It was in all the papers.

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22 minutes ago, rbsinto said:

Dallas,

My next camera will be one I already own.

I've seen countless others moan and groan about their equipment, and when they rationalize the expense of getting newer, and debatably better gear, and make the switch, I usually see no appreciable difference in the quality or scope of their subsequent work.

I'm too old a bunny to get caught up in this  business. My remaining film gear as well as my two current digital cameras (Nikon D3 bodies) and the stable of lenses I have for them all are more than adequate to cover anything I want or need to do photographically.

Robert

 

 

I'd be quite OK continuing to use the old E-M1 bodies I have, but my concern right now is that their batteries are all on the way out and getting replacements here isn't straight forward. The price of the G9 new was a huge incentive to order it. I'm getting it for about half the price of an Olympus E-M1.3. 

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