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| p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 -- why so little attention? |
Preface: I'm a Canon guy, who's spent almost no time researching alt gear -- most of my shooting is with a 5d2 and big Canon lenses. I bought a Lumix GF5X kit (body + 14-42 power lens) on an impulse from Amazon, as the price was good and I wanted to play with a micro 4/3 rig. I got it at a price that would let me sell it on eBay for more than I paid for it if I didn't like it, so I dove in with none of the research I'd usually do on a camera.
Today was my first day to really play with it, and it left me impressed. No, the image quality isn't as good as what I get out of my 5d2 + L lenses, but I can't fit my Canon DSLR gear in my pocket, and my Canon stuff cost almost 10 times more.
I know I've only scratched the surface on what this new gear can do, so I came here to see if there were any threads discussing the camera and how to get the most out of it. To my surprise I found a sum total of ONE post about this model. That left me wondering: why is nobody using this camera? Is it not as good as what's out there, but I don't know it because I've not played with the other systems? Is Panasonic just not as popular as some of the bigger brands? Is it too expensive at MSRP for what it is (I'd have never paid retail for it, either)? Something else?
Here's a sample picture I took with it. Based on my initial results, it seems fairly representative of an unretouched .jpg out of the camera (all I did was re-size it to get under the file-size filter). I know the sample is a bit dark, but the day was dark and foggy here, so I wanted a darker / bluer exposure -- I like that the camera did it without losing detail. This shot was hand-held, with the ISO pushed up a bit to account for the low light.
Does this shot seem fairly typical of what other sub-$400 mirrorless sytems can do, or is better / worse? Thanks for any thoughts.