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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G3 16.0 MP
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 3:47 pm    Post subject: Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G3 16.0 MP Reply with quote

i started in Micro-4/3rds with a G1, bought for 60gbp earlier this year

which actually im just about familiar with now

i'm pretty much in control of it, and i know what to watch out for so it stays under control -- it did get away from me quite a lot at first

but ive bin feeling the need for a second body

i always used to have at least 2 working bodies when i was in the field, Nikon F2 was my favorite, and a FM or so, i even had a Nikomat [sic] which i bought in Japan

today i won a G3 auction, paying about 90gbp

its got more megapixellage as well as video capability -- i kinda look at it as changing to a faster film, in my head

i just hope i can control it quickly, its menus are not too 'dumbed down' or so


PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hmm .. have i seen comments slagging off the G3?

whats wrong with it then?


PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

well, this arrived, in a fairly tatty box but its effectively new, never opened not taken out of its packaging as far as i can tell

got one problem tho, which i didnt take seriously enough

no battery

its in the sellers' description, i just kinda ignored the fact

might have one tomorrow but


PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I look forward to seeing what you think of this camera. Are the batteries interchangeable between panasonic camera models?


PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mo wrote:
I look forward to seeing what you think of this camera. Are the batteries interchangeable between panasonic camera models?


sadly, no, not as far i'm aware

and most definitely not between my G1 and the G3

one thing worries me so far -- the lid on the battery/SDCard compartment looks rather flimsy and possibly leaky

-- i think it needs a half-case for protection in the field

ive got some leather ones spotted, but in HK and China


PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It can't be as bad as the Pentax K-01 external battery cover, Laughing With a bit of practice it works ok. I hope the G3's works just as good regardless of how it may appear.


PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

does feel weird having the camera but no batt, so it cant anything

even reading the manual is useless, i have no reference

its quite likely to get used to shoot video

so good spare batts will be essential

its like a joke "batteries not included"


PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well, a batt arrived today, ive charged it and fitted it

using the sd-card from the G1 .. i fitted my only Lumix lens, the 14mm 2.5 and did a basic setup, using the quick guide booklet it arrived with

the G3 is smallerand lighter than the G1, and it hasnt got that odd nasty rubbery finish .. its a harder semi-matt surface mostly

the viewfinder definitely has more pixellage

menus seem different, but it sets up about the same so far

WB setup seems to show fewer options

havent even touched the video options, looked a bit tho

apparently theres a full Manual on CD, prolly PDFs

i might buy a printed version online, dunno yet

i did notice references to DMW-MA2M etc, the in-house adapters for Leica M AND R lenses .. which need 'shoot w/o lens' setting .. made me grin a bit


PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.print-my-pdf.com give these a go, I've used them before and was very happy with the results


PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hmm .. invoice for this batt claims it to be a genuine Panasonic product, as does the battery itself

it cost 14.99 iirc for 1010maH


PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'm having an odd issue with this G3

i had a Michael 35mm CCTV on it, which came already fitted with M43 mount

it hung when i tried to take it off, seemed to get tangled or so, dunno, i couldnt seem to line it up to come off

i didnt force it, but i did get it removed eventually, to try the other Nikon in the M43 adapter [the 5cm f2 was fine yesterday]

but now neither Nikkor will focus at all on the G3

they mount and focus fine on the G1

as does the Michael, as do both Leitzes

i'm not trying the Michael on G3 for now, tho it was purchased with video-shooting in mind

i cant see any damage, or anything bent

i just cant see why the mflenses Nikon-S to M43 wont focus on one, when it works fine on theother


PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 2:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

found a nice thing online

Quote:
By depressing the control wheel into the body, with the G3 you get a 10x magnified center rectangle (the magnification is variable at will), picture-in-picture, which makes manual focus trivially simple and dead accurate.
Press again or touch the shutter release and the EVF returns to normal display.


very useful


PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 1:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

since theres a definite intention to be shooting video with this, i thought i should try several different batteries

luckily enough, one turned out to be apparently the genuine Panasonic article @ 14.99gbp

i ordered 2 others, both around the 10gbp mark .. all 1010maH

all seemed to offer fast delivery

actually the 'genuine Panasonic' was the first to arrive

also the only one that inspires trust, just from appearance

3 batts = one in use, one spare, one recharging


PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 1:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Revisiting The Panasonic G1: Is The Micro Four Thirds Old-Timer Still Any Good?

http://www.thephoblographer.com/2012/07/15/revisiting-the-panasonic-g1-is-the-micro-four-thirds-old-timer-still-any-good/

i like my G1

its so nice to pick up now, it has a familiarity to it

it was approaching the stage of needing a spare battery ...


PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 4:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

investigating PTool, firmware editor

allegedly could work on G1 as well as G3, gonna have a play later


PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

and .. OK .. totally hacked a latest G1 firmware to accept 3rd-party batteries erm .. 'quietly'

erm, dunno actually

cant test till i get one, a 3rd-party battery, test it pre-flash, see how annoying it is

also made more changes to a copy of the latest G3 fw

some that seemed obvious, like the time-limit thingie, but theres gazillions that i dont understand, i have zero clue, need to read a bit more

at least i got in there


PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

right then, BookOfWords has arrived
or
Panasonic
Operating instructions
for advanced features
Digital Camera
Model No DMC-G3
coffeetable sized binder, great book at bedtime

someones lil cottage industry .. i cant be doin w/pdf, i do like pages tho


PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2014 1:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you taken any images with it yet?


PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2014 4:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sure, i carry it about with me, i'm trying to get used to it, get it used to me

occasionally changing its lens

like nappy

trying to find what it likes

it hates my RF Nikkors definitely, thats for sure

after it bit my Michael CCTV they dont focus anymore [they work fine on the G1]

currently both bodies have 5cm f2.0 on, and i cant just swap them over for 'testing'

i havent done a firmware dump from it yet

ive done some minor editing on a fresh copy of the latest firmware from Panasonic tho

with Ptool, a gui with tickboxes

almost entirely aimed at video options, stuff left not-turned-on i guess

its very .. electronic, this camera, i cany say i like it yet, i far prefer the G1's handling

but i'm working on it


PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It does take a awhile to get used to a new camera,good luck with it.


PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2014 2:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PTool, firmware editor can allow aftermarket batteries to work on G1

only hack available, on mine

PTool has a gazillion possible edits for G3 tho, pretty much all for video settings


PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hm .. i do really need a half-case for this

i was wearing it under my jacket, and when i loosened my scarf in the shop it got tangled in the battery-door and opened it

luckily neither the batt nor the card fell out

guess i'd better wait till the xmas rush is over, but i need one


PostPosted: Thu Dec 25, 2014 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

leather half-case ordered from China.

in fact, just dispatched ..

into the post-xmas blackhole out there