Panasonic GX7 & 14-42mm £299 delivered from CameraWorld
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Found 12th Apr 2016
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Thinking to swap a5100 with stock lens for this...
I assume my old G3 lenses will for this without an adaptor ?
Gravesy 166: Any Micro FourThirds lenses will work, including those on a G3.
Ruffuz: Interesting call on that - call CameraWorld and they might buy it from you.
I went through a couple of m4/3 cameras including the G3. I never really got on with them and never found the photos to be any better than a good bridge camera. They were fiddly to use, slow to focus in anything except good light and even raw photos didn't produce brilliant results. And the sensor doesn't quite seem big enough to get some nice depth of field effects even with a fast prime. Last year I looked to upgrade again and was underwhelmed by the GX7 after playing with it for an hour in Jessops. In the end I swapped my G3 and lenses for a Sony a6000 with kit lenses and a prime... Much happier.

It was probably just me... but try before you buy.
GuigsyUK

I went through a couple of m4/3 cameras including the G3. I never really … I went through a couple of m4/3 cameras including the G3. I never really got on with them and never found the photos to be any better than a good bridge camera. They were fiddly to use, slow to focus in anything except good light and even raw photos didn't produce brilliant results. And the sensor doesn't quite seem big enough to get some nice depth of field effects even with a fast prime. Last year I looked to upgrade again and was underwhelmed by the GX7 after playing with it for an hour in Jessops. In the end I swapped my G3 and lenses for a Sony a6000 with kit lenses and a prime... Much happier.It was probably just me... but try before you buy.


Fair enough. I find the Panasonic menu system not so intuitive myself, despite having owned several. Nor do the buttons lie naturally, so I find I have to take my eye from the viewfinder just to change settings. Slows everything down. I would still put image quality from almost any MFT camera with a decent prime above a high end bridge camera (if you know what I mean!)

Tempted by the a6300. The AF alone looks to trump anything in its price range.
Great deal.
cricketchris

Also at John Lewis


Most people would say buy from JL. Jessops is also same price.
I'm also one who went from m4/3 to Sony NEX. m4/3 just wasn't enough, given that it wasn't that compact a camera. The NEX is a similar size, similar price, better low light, and has all of the same benefits - unless you want long range, in which case the m4/3 crop factor is pretty good.

NEX and Minolta glass happy bunny.
bambulus

I'm also one who went from m4/3 to Sony NEX. m4/3 just wasn't enough, … I'm also one who went from m4/3 to Sony NEX. m4/3 just wasn't enough, given that it wasn't that compact a camera. The NEX is a similar size, similar price, better low light, and has all of the same benefits - unless you want long range, in which case the m4/3 crop factor is pretty good.NEX and Minolta glass happy bunny.



I went the opposite, love the nex bodies but they don't have the right compact primes for me. The panasonic 20mm pancake lens + lower end olympus/Panasonic body makes a great pocketable combo for a casual day trip (for serious work I bring out the nikon).
Sony user here but the price difference between this and the A6000 makes it impossible for me to vote cold! Primes are cheap as well and the image quality will be good enough for 95% of casual photographers. I love my A6000 for the fast AF and low-light but if you don't need that then this is beauty.
I'm wavering between the Sony A5000 kit for £230 or this kit. Anyone has an opinion?
BigBlueDot

I'm wavering between the Sony A5000 kit for £230 or this kit. Anyone has … I'm wavering between the Sony A5000 kit for £230 or this kit. Anyone has an opinion?


The GX7 has a EVF which would be very handy when you cant see the screen due to the sun. It also comes with a much better lens as standard. It is also more fun to use.
There's a comparison of features here versus.com/en/…000
I bought this at the photography show last month as a backup to my GH4. It's great for street photography.
Already posted and slightly cheaper at Jessops (with Quidco)
hotukdeals.com/dea…088
Good price. But a6000 all the way in my opinion. Worth the extra if you're a hobbyist.
basergorkobal

Good price. But a6000 all the way in my opinion. Worth the extra if … Good price. But a6000 all the way in my opinion. Worth the extra if you're a hobbyist.


A6000 is around £200 more and you'd be looking at replacing the kit lens also.
BigBlueDot

I'm wavering between the Sony A5000 kit for £230 or this kit. Anyone has … I'm wavering between the Sony A5000 kit for £230 or this kit. Anyone has an opinion?



I think its worth more comparing with the A5100, dont bother ​with A5000.
Check on ytube videos if the gx7's extra features are any good for you or the bigger sensor its more important for you...
Think what extra lenses you need, and if you can do without evf (I thought I could but I was wrong)....
I've wanted to take up Photography for some time now, what's this like as a first camera? I know it's quite expensive (whilst being a good deal) but would like some input on this before pulling the trigger.
TK42

A6000 is around £200 more and you'd be looking at replacing the kit lens … A6000 is around £200 more and you'd be looking at replacing the kit lens also.


It is more expensive indeed. Can be had for less than £500. And yes you'd most likely buy other lenses along the way. The kit Sony lens is rather poor but a nice compact lens for travel.
Going for MFT has a lot of advantages. But if you're thinking of upgrading later, buy once and well. Buy a Sony. Just my opinion.
which prime lens is best for a6000 ?
vithya

which prime lens is best for a6000 ?



​there's a Sony 16mm f2.8 which is supposedly nice,Sony also do a converter to widen and fisheye the lens too, if you have the money to burn.

Otherwise, there's hundreds of legacy lenses on eBay which can be used manually on a NEX with a converter or speed booster. Same is true for m4/3, for anyone going down that route
vithya

which prime lens is best for a6000 ?


On my a6000 I've got the SEL35F18 which is really nice - the NEX equivalent of the 'nifty fifty, great for portraits. The crispness of the shots is so far above the kit lenses it's unreal. Even in poor lighting you can get really nice shots hand-held.

I'd also like a wider prime, but at the moment I'm using the 18-55mm kit. It isn't as quick and it's nowhere near as sharp, but works most of the time and still produces really nice images. If it's wound most of the way out, you can open it up to a fairly big aperture to get some reasonable depth of field OR work in lower light, just not both. I'd get the Sony 16mm f2.8 prime, but quality seems to be very variable, some people get a good one, others find it worse than the kit. I can't really justify the Zeiss one at the moment!
bambulus

​there's a Sony 16mm f2.8 which is supposedly nice,Sony also do a c … ​there's a Sony 16mm f2.8 which is supposedly nice,Sony also do a converter to widen and fisheye the lens too, if you have the money to burn. Otherwise, there's hundreds of legacy lenses on eBay which can be used manually on a NEX with a converter or speed booster. Same is true for m4/3, for anyone going down that route


what? 16mm is universally panned
if using stopped down a bit for landscapes which is the 'usual' usage of wide angle then the 16-50 is just as good really

best prime lens for a6000 is basically the one that you would use, there isn't that much variety really
a 8mm prime isn't very good for distant wildlife etc
find the focal length you want then see what lenses there are
Edited by: "brilly" 13th Apr 2016
brilly

what? 16mm is universally panned if using stopped down a bit for … what? 16mm is universally panned if using stopped down a bit for landscapes which is the 'usual' usage of wide angle then the 16-50 is just as good reallybest prime lens for a6000 is basically the one that you would use, there isn't that much variety really ;)a 8mm prime isn't very good for distant wildlife etcfind the focal length you want then see what lenses there are



​Is it? Most reviews I've read don't seem to slate it, but conclude it as a relatively cheap pocketable pancake, which is what it's designed to be.

Not that I have it, so can't comment first hand. I personally love my NEX with a 50mm 1.7, which is all the prime I think I'll need.
Agree with Brilly about the Sony 16mm, it's generally a pretty poorly regarded lens. I have one myself, and there's not much advantage to that over the 16-50 pz since the 16 prime is only fractiinally smaller, isn't much faster, and optically it isn't noticeably better. Sony do a 20mm pancake which is meant to be much improved, however it's overpriced and doesn't stack up as well as the panny 20mm f/1.7. The panny 20mm is a cracking lens and should be on anyone's list who goes for this package.

Hot deal by the way. One left-field alternative might be the LX100- which uses the same sensor (albeit slightly cropped) but with a fixed, very fast and compact zoom lens. You lose the versatility of interchangeable lenses but it's impossible to get that range in such a fast and compact package otherwise. CEX do used ones for around this price or less depending on condition and availability, which have their 2 year warranty. Doesn't detract from the heat here, just a potential alternative if you don't mind taking a punt with used gear.
Edited by: "happyblob" 13th Apr 2016
bambulus

​Is it? Most reviews I've read don't seem to slate it, but conclude it as … ​Is it? Most reviews I've read don't seem to slate it, but conclude it as a relatively cheap pocketable pancake, which is what it's designed to be. Not that I have it, so can't comment first hand. I personally love my NEX with a 50mm 1.7, which is all the prime I think I'll need.


well its cheapish for a prime @ 150quid but then the camera usually comes with the pz1650 at a premium of 50quid over body only so its really 100quid more than the kit lens and only 7.5mm slimmer
pwel

I think its worth more comparing with the A5100, dont bother ​with A5000. … I think its worth more comparing with the A5100, dont bother ​with A5000. Check on ytube videos if the gx7's extra features are any good for you or the bigger sensor its more important for you...Think what extra lenses you need, and if you can do without evf (I thought I could but I was wrong)....



There's a fairly large jump in price to the A5100 though, I may as well get the A6000 if I'm spending that much.
I do understand your point about the EVF. I've used my Nikon DSLR for the first time in a couple of years last week and recall why I bought one, it was so nice to use, also why I haven't lugged it around for so long, it was so heavy!

BigBlueDot

There's a fairly large jump in price to the A5100 though, I may as well … There's a fairly large jump in price to the A5100 though, I may as well get the A6000 if I'm spending that much.I do understand your point about the EVF. I've used my Nikon DSLR for the first time in a couple of years last week and recall why I bought one, it was so nice to use, also why I haven't lugged it around for so long, it was so heavy!


at current prices the gx7
when the a5100 drops to 279ish on amazon lightning deals as it does pretty often then its a much harder choice between gx7 and a5100
(but much easier to see why a5000 @ 230 isn't so good! )
Edited by: "brilly" 13th Apr 2016
brilly

at current prices the gx7when the a5100 drops to 279ish on amazon … at current prices the gx7when the a5100 drops to 279ish on amazon lightning deals as it does pretty often then its a much harder choice between gx7 and a5100 (but much easier to see why a5000 @ 230 isn't so good! )



Cool, maybe I'll wait for the A5100 price drop, I've got a couple of months before the next trip.
BigBlueDot

Cool, maybe I'll wait for the A5100 price drop, I've got a couple of … Cool, maybe I'll wait for the A5100 price drop, I've got a couple of months before the next trip.



The A5100 was several times sub-£300,probably has been sold out by now X)

Because of your dslr background I dont think you ll enjoy a camera without a viewfinder. Coming from a point-and-shoot, and sticking on a budget, it took me 3 bodies to realise that I need one desperately.

Its not just the direct sunlight, personally, Im not able to get fast a proper frame composition on the screen. Have to take 10 shots every time, wasting 10x more time, and get stressed and frustrated if, for example, I am on a holiday trip. Slow shutter speeds are also problematic, handheld without viewfinder, I have to use delay most of the time.



TK42

Tis indead a good deal. Voted hot.


just noticed - same op X)
brilly

this deals even better … this deals even better http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/panasonic-gx7-20mm-f1-7-ii-349-delivered-from-cameraworld-2431231


The 20mm f1.7 is an excellent lens - £247 on it's own!
where can i get SEL35F18 for a good price? its seems going for around £300
TK42

The 20mm f1.7 is an excellent lens - £247 on it's own!



Yup, ordered one. There's an offer through email of £10 for the case too once you've placed the order.
Guys if you buy this get the one with the 20mm 1.7 if you dont like the camera keep that lens it is fantastic
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