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Old Jul 24, 2011, 3:12 PM   #1
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Hi everyone; I'm thinking for Christmas I may indulge in another new camera. Either the GF2 or 3, or the G10.

What's your opinions as to which would be best?
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Old Jul 24, 2011, 4:55 PM   #2
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Carol, I hear very good things about the G3. I think LTZ470 went from GH2 to G3 and was very happy.
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Old Jul 24, 2011, 5:58 PM   #3
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Thanks Saly! I'm so impressed with the Pan quality; that I thought I would venture into something a little higher up than my FZ40. However, I'll not turn loose of my FZ40!
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I agree, I don't think you can really go wrong with any of them.... You just have to do some homework because each has slightly difference features, such as Electronic Viewfinder, video capability, etc. Whatever you get, I highly recommend getting a 20mm pancake lens and a 45-200mm telephoto. I feel I can cover every situation with these 2 lenses. I use the LC55 closeup lens from my FZ on the 45-200mm and get really nice closeups.
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Saly, I've not heard of a "pancake" lens. What advantage has it over "regular" lens?
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Carol - it is affectionately called the "pancake" because it is very flat (short). It has very good quality glass, and it also does extremely well in low-light conditions like indoors. Since it is short, it doesn't add too much volume to your camera, so it's easy to carry around. It's wide (20mm) so it can capture a little extra in closed quarters, as well as wide outdoor shots. It's not a zoom, but just an excellent all around lens for scenery. Here are some shots from my first outing with the GF1+20mm. http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...ssion-gf1.html

I think it will do excellent in capturing your "big sky" scenery!
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Those are amazing!!!! That alone sells me on that eyepiece!

Thanks so much for showing me what the 20 Pancake lens can do! Awesome!
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G3 is an amazing camera.
Personally, i'd rather buy a Nikon or Canon DSLR (my personal preference is the Nikon D5100 for cost/benefit) and a good kit of lenses. I'm really interested on serious telephoto, so in my to-buy list i have a good DSLR and a x-500mm lenses (which results in 750mm considering the crop factor of APSC sensors). This is a real upgrade over my FZ40. If you're not into telephoto (wildlife, etc.) the G3 is a nice upgrade also, and it's very portable. I would not consider the other Gx models as they produce much more noise than the G3, which is the best four-thirds camera ihmo.

EDIT: Wow! Nice shots Saly!

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Elec - I use an Oly 70-300mm and a Panny 45-200mm and I'm really happy with both telephoto, at least for my needs, which is just taking pictures of pretty birds. Definitely not a serious birder (yet...). I'm sure a real DSLR with a good telephoto lens will do much better, but I'm OK with it.
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Elec - I use an Oly 70-300mm and a Panny 45-200mm and I'm really happy with both telephoto, at least for my needs, which is just taking pictures of pretty birds. Definitely not a serious birder (yet...). I'm sure a real DSLR with a good telephoto lens will do much better, but I'm OK with it.
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...birds-gf1.html
Amazing shots Saly! I think 300mm(35mm equiv.) is a little short for birds though.

The problem with DSLRs is the price of the lens... a good quality telephoto lens with optical stabilization and autofocus cost 20 times the price of the camera itself. There are some alternative brands, but they're not as good as the traditional ones, but may cost 1/30 of the price.

Also, about the noise, G10, GF2 and GF3 doesn't perform very well at higher ISOs, G3 is much better imho. GF1 (the one Saly have) is also better but it's discontinued i think.
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