Panasonic GH2 14-140mm discontinued??

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by RichA, Jan 12, 2012.

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    RichA Guest

    RichA, Jan 12, 2012
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    Bruce Guest

    There seem to be 14-140mm lenses available in Europe.

    The GH2 is soon to be replaced by, presumably, a GH3. GH2 production
    has probably ended already. Kits are still available with the 14-42mm
    lens (with or without the 45-200mm lens) but there are no new kits
    with the 14-140mm lens.
    Bruce, Jan 12, 2012
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    Bruce Guest

    I thought you already had one.

    B&H is selling the kit with the 14-42mm lens for $895, but no body
    only deals are available. B&H also has the 14-140mm lens for $649.
    Bruce, Jan 13, 2012
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    Bruce Guest

    Funny, I was sure you said you had sold the D7000 and bought a GH2.

    In your position, and at this time, I would probably want to wait for
    the GH3 then decide whether to buy that or the NEX-7. NEX-7 has 24 MP
    and the best EVF in the business, but a truly pathetic selection of
    lenses - what on earth are Sony thinking? GH3 will have a very good
    EVF and Panasonic has an excellent selection of lenses, with a little
    help from Olympus.

    On the other hand, the G3 is an excellent performer. Coming from the
    G1, you probably won't like the small grip, but I like it very much.
    My 'other' camera is now an M9, and that has no grip at all - unless
    you buy one as an accessory.
    Bruce, Jan 13, 2012
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    RichA Guest

    I kind of had the GH2 "on spec" for a week. I was set to buy it but
    the sensitivity thing intruded and I wanted to do more testing.
    Yes, they keep bashing Sony for their rather weak lens selection.
    Minolta had some interesting lenses, I wonder if Sony considered (or
    did?) adapting any of them, or modernizing them?
    Or the aftermarket thumb rest.
    RichA, Jan 13, 2012
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    Bruce Guest

    They probably aren't telecentric enough. Modernising might involve a
    complete redesign, and Sony seems not to want to invest in lenses.
    Rarely have there been serious lines of cameras with a poor selection
    of lenses. Sony has TWO - Alpha and NEX!

    Yes, but. Yes, there is an aftermarket thumb rest but when fitted it
    uses the hot shoe. I need the hot shoe for viewfinders, my spirit
    level, occasional use of flash ... so the thumb rest is not much use.
    I believe there is now one that sticks on with adhesive. I might try
    that but I would need to be assured that it won't come off, sending a
    very expensive piece of kit plunging on to the concrete.

    So faced with the choice of a Leica brand grip that uses the tripod
    bush, or an off-brand thumb rest that uses the hot shoe, I chose
    neither. Instead, I use a leather half case that has a built-in grip.

    It is similar to several brands on the market but was specially made
    for me by a saddler. It is so good that I would like to market it. I
    am waiting for a price for an initial run of 20, 50 or 100 to see if
    it would be worth me selling it.
    Bruce, Jan 13, 2012
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    RichA Guest

    I remember Sony saying about a year ago they were going to add even
    cheaper lenses to the line!
    The unit is well-built. How hard would it be to cut holes in the part
    that goes into the hot shoe and add some insulated contacts?
    RichA, Jan 13, 2012
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    Bruce Guest

    Sony seems to have an unerring habit of making failure out of success.

    That's an interesting idea. I know someone who makes things like
    that. His stuff isn't cheap, but it works. I suppose it is worth a
    try, and it might sell. In the meantime, the half case with grip
    works well.
    Bruce, Jan 13, 2012
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