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I'm not so arrogant to think I know best and would greatly appreciate advice.

As my last few posts have clearly stated, I've downsized considerably in the past 12mths. Last year the bulk of my EOS and OM film gear went along with more than a dozen or so lenses all of which were either Canon or Olympus. This year I decided to have another go at cutting back. In the space of a month 4 camera body's and more than a dozen lenses have been cleared out.

Using the paypal funds to experiment I've purchased and sold on 3 lumix offerings GF1, G2 and GX80 along with 20mm & 14-45mm.

I'm currently left with GX-7 and G7 along with 14, 25, 12-32, 12-60, 45-200 and very shortly (tomorrow 14-140ii) I'm not keeping this lot, I fully intend to whittle it down to if possible 1 body (I'm being ruthless) and no more than 4 lenses...if possible I'd like to go as low as 3!

I still have the 7D, 70-300L IS and 40stm - although its only use is football - Nothing else..EVER! Also Kept the 100mm L IS too, if only because I stupidly purchased it on Jessops 2yr 0% - Doh!!

Also welcomed the Lumix TZ70.

Ok, the last few bits of Canon gear I now own, I'm happy to keep

The TZ70....??? I still really like my battered old HX30. So its touch and go whether It stays or not. I'm honestly not too fussed, really dislike the puny EVF, much preferred the Sony HX80 EVF, but low light AF was dreadful as too was close focus beyond the 300mm focus length (3m minimum!!)

The Lumix, where to begin?

Both GF1 and G2 went to fund the GX80 - hated the IBIS when the camera was switched off - it just knocks around inside the body, to the point that when picking it up to turn it on, I found myself trying to hold it perfectly still whilst the power on switch was activated, otherwise the thump of the loose IBIS was awful to feel.

So it was returned in favour of the G7. Instantly disliked it the moment I picked it up. The EVF is incredible as is the AF focusing. But the light weight coming from both 5D and 7D just feel so wrong. Also its heavily biased towards video, (4K) and I'm almost certain I'll never get into cinematography, I'm more than happy with video off my humble sony HX30!

Also, I'm getting so tired of the SLR style, it's all very serious looking and truth be said I no longer feel comfortable using it in public, people seem to stiffen up when they see the familiar viewfinder hump in the the centre of the camera..as I say it all looks too serious.

The GX7 whist way behind the G7 in terms of modern features is actually very pleasant to use. I just love the abilty to pull the flash back in order to bounce off the ceiling - that's just genius. The heavy magnesium body feels great when trying to hold steady, speaking of which the 2 axis stabilization is not something to sneer at either. The EVF, whilst in no way in the same league as the G7 is preferable to me for being off set and allowing me to keep both eyes open.

Lenses, this is the main problem for me. I would like to keep the 25, if only because of the ability to shoot wide open and throw back ground out of focus. The 12-32, 12-60, 45-200 and 14-140 is my concern and is what I would like advice on.

The lumix kit, is going to be my own personal toy, the HX30 is for family days out and the 7D for sunday soccer. But the lumix is simply my own personal indulgence, for times when I want to take good quality pictures of whatever comes into my head.

Any advice

 
Date: Oct 12, 2017   


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