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Old Oct 24, 2010, 11:08 AM   #1
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Does anyone have any experience with the Panasonic G2?

Especially with the quality of it's macros.
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Old Oct 24, 2010, 12:59 PM   #2
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the quality of the macros will be dependent on the lens used. to get a true macro you will need to buy a macro lens, which will give you the best image quality. there are extension tubes and close-up filters, which can be good too with the right setup.
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Old Oct 24, 2010, 2:49 PM   #3
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Hards - I think I read you have the G1. How does the IQ compare to the FZ30?

Tullio - don't you have a G1?

I've read the G1 has a better lens kit than the G2 but comparing the the 2 at Imaging Resource - it looks to me that the G2 produces a little better on color and sharpness.

http://www.imaging-resource.com/IMCOMP/COMPS01.HTM
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Clint.

I actually have the m4/3 from Olympus, the EPL-1. Which i am enamored with.

As for the G1 versus G2. the G1 kit lens is a tad better, but not enough that it would be a deciding factor. Overall image quality between the G1 and G2 would be very small. I would let other factors make a bigger part of your decision. The G2 has video while the G1 does not, and the G2 has touch screen (but still keeps all the manual controls and regular controls too) that lets you touch focus, which can be nice on a tripod.

Either would do you well if you wanted a more DSLR styled M4/3 with built in EVF. and both are worth it over the G10 as the EVF on the G10 is just poor in comparison.
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I have both a G1 & a G2.

The G2 is a natural upgrade to the G1. In my opinion main things to consider with the G2 are:

- 720p Video
- Touchscreen
- It is compatible with the new 3D lens

The touchscreen may not seem that useful, but it is because:
- You can select the focus point with a touch.
- You can select the point to magnify when you are using manual focus lenses.
- You can select the point to magnify in playback.


The lens is not really a factor.
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Old Oct 25, 2010, 7:38 AM   #6
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Thanks - I'm leaning more towards the G2 for the things that you both have mentioned.
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Yes, I have the G1 and love it, Clint. The 14-45mm is a nice kit lens. If I were you, I'd buy a GH1 body (going for less than $600) and then get a m4/3 lens (Lumix of ZD) to begin with. The GH1 is superior to the G1/G10/G2. I'm seriously looking for one.
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Yes, I have the G1 and love it, Clint. The 14-45mm is a nice kit lens. If I were you, I'd buy a GH1 body (going for less than $600) and then get a m4/3 lens (Lumix of ZD) to begin with. The GH1 is superior to the G1/G10/G2. I'm seriously looking for one.
The GH1 is cheap in Japan. You can buy it with the 14-140mm lens for around $850 USD.
I've also seen second hand (but new!!) body only, for around $550 or less.
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Just on the marco note, there is currently only 1 true macro native lens to m4/3 that is the panasonic leica 45mm 2.8. And it is quite expensive. You are actually better off going with a 4/3 lens and using a 4/3 to m4/3 adapter if you want AF. You can also go the route of a MF legacy glass and adapter for that mount. Also the G2 and the G10 and GH2 are compatible with all the sigma lens. The G1 did not play happy with all the 4/3 lenses on the market.

The olympus 40-150 seem to do close up shots better then the panasonic 45-200. But the panny has better build and reach. And you have Mega OIS with the panny lens. The oly does not have that as oly has IBIS.

The other option is go with the panny 45-200 and add a high quality conversion lens like a canon 500D or 250D close up lens. The larger sensor will pick up the flaws of a lower grade conversion lens.
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I think the GH1 is going to be beyond my budget at present - especially factoring in the lenses that I will need. I want to get something with the articulated LCD and a camera that will give better image quality than the FZ35. So far the G2 seems to be the one that will be in my budget. I've seen open box at Amazon for around $550 with the 14-45 lens.
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