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| p.1 #1 · Bought a Lumix GX1, don't know if I will keep it or try another system. |
I recently bought a Panasonic Lumix GX1 and 20m 1.7 as a smaller option to taking my 1dMkIV with me. I really like the camera and lens, in fact if it was my only kit I think I would be quite happy with it. BUT, when I compare the files to my Canon kit I just can't get past the drop in image quality. I know that no compact system will compare to a pro DSLR, but I had hoped that the convenience of a small camera would outweigh my desire for the same level of performance. Unfortunately it looks like I was wrong. I really want to like the GX1. I don't think it is buyers remorse, since it is a relatively inexpensive kit compared to just getting one of the cheaper lenses I want from Canon (24L is next I think).
So how do other high-end DSLR shooters reconcile the drop in image quality when going to a "compact system"? Part of me thinks that I am getting photos that I otherwise wouldn't have captured since the IdMkIV would have still been at home on many of my hikes and adventures. But I have yet to find an image taken with the GX1 that I want to process and edit. When I look through them I always find something lacking that puts me off from developing them further. Is this common among other "mirrorless shooters"?
I am thinking of returning the GX1 kit and 20mm 1.7 and just resigning myself to either carrying the MkIV, or maybe picking up a 5D2 or maybe even an APS-C body for something lighter and more carryable. I am sure there are quite a few others out there that have taken the leap to m4/3 and had second thoughts. Did you eventually find yourself able to embrace the smaller format, or did you end up selling/returning the camera and going back to lugging around your DSLR?
I know the NEX system and the X100 can offer me a better image quality, and know that I would probably be fine with a single focal length because the only lens I have ever used on the GX1 is the 20mm. I am a bit reluctant to go with the NEX due to the limited options for fast AF primes, and manual focusing alt glass is probably not going to be the direction I go. I certainly like the idea of the X100, but am reluctant to try this whole experiment again. I am sure many of you have been through the same process and would love to hear your thoughts, especially if you have a pro/pro-sumer DSLR kit that you are very happy with.
BTW, I do hate the hassle of needing to import the GX1 RAW files to Lightroom as DNGs and then processing in Photoshop CS4. It seems to be a lot more time and hassle than it is worth.
If you have read all of this, thanks for your time, and I would appreciate your comments.