Hi i am a newby to cameras and am trying to put some things in prospective i have a Nikon D40 that i am just starting to learn how to use but i like the looks and the size of the Lumix GF1 and would be more apt to have it with me to actually use than the D40 would it be a bad move to sell the D40 and get the GF1 ? i do not want two cameras i will be doing good to master one.
#1. "RE: Nikon D40 and Lumix GF1" | In response to Reply # 0Sat 12-Feb-11 11:18 AM | edited Sat 12-Feb-11 11:24 AM by jpFoto
I personally think that that would be a big mistake. I tried the GF1 and did not find the image quality to be acceptable with two out of the three lenses. The 20mm, however, was very good. The only thing that I like better about the GF1 is the way that it looks, and that is not a good reason to buy and own a camera.
Your D40 really isn't that much bigger or heavier than the GF1, and you can select from the entire list of Nikkor AF-S lenses rather than just the three offered for the GF1. And, then, if you decide that you want to upgrade your D40 in the future, all of your lenses will work on your next Nikon. (There are a few caveats to consider when buying lenses relative to DX and FX, but you can ask those questions before you buy a lens.)
Also, keep in mind that the GF1 does not have a viewfinder, so unless you buy the hot shoe finder for a couple of hundred extra bucks, that you may have trouble shooting in bright light, just like most point and shoots.
What lenses do you now own?
#2. "RE: Nikon D40 and Lumix GF1" | In response to Reply # 1Sat 12-Feb-11 12:52 PM
I have the kit lens that come with the D40 it is 18-55 i had planed to buy the 35mm f1.8 lens soon to go with it actually i would most likely use it on the D40 99% of the time. I had an Olympus C5050 with a f1.8 lens that took good pictures i really regret getting rid of it. It was 5 MP and i found that plenty for what i take pictures of family get togethers etc. and that is why i bought the D40 because it is 6 MP. I like the size of the GF1 and was going to only get the 20mm f1.7 lens for it i am not interested in zoom lens although i do understand why they are so popular and am not cutting them down as i do not have enough experience with camera to make an evaluation on anything other than personal preferences. Thanks for your reply.
#3. "RE: Nikon D40 and Lumix GF1" | In response to Reply # 2Larry E30 Nikonian since 27th May 2009Sat 12-Feb-11 01:16 PM | edited Sat 12-Feb-11 01:33 PM by Larry E30
I had the same P+S.! It WAS good.! But...;
don't assume the 4/3's cameras will give ya those results.
Ya gotta work ALOT harder with 4/3's to compare/get equal results.
Only because these makers are not up to par with sensors.
I have the Olympus E-PL1,and I had the E-30 a while ago-but only for
Compare to P+S's - E-30 had weird color and bad noise,and the E-PL1
I now have is very muddy/noisey out of camera.
Being Panasonic IS 4/3's,I too say stick with your Nikon - and get the one fast lens.
We are spoiled with Nikon with high ISO/low noise AND high quality
I'm enjoying my Olympus 4/3's E-PL1 , but at a big cost , so ;
And do check with others who HAVE the Panasonic - FOR FINAL ADVICE.
#4. "RE: Nikon D40 and Lumix GF1" | In response to Reply # 2Sat 12-Feb-11 02:02 PM | edited Sat 12-Feb-11 02:31 PM by jpFoto
I think that you would probably be happier with the 35mm 1.8 on the Nikon than the 20mm on the GF1. If you shooting family, the 35mm will give you the same field of view as a 50mm on a full frame camera, whereas the 20mm on the GF1 will give you the same field of view as a 40mm on full frame. That is a little wide for portraits. I've read very good reviews about the 35mm 1.8, and for $200, it's hard to go wrong. Since you already have the kit zoom, you should be covered for most situations, and you will have saved a fist full of dollars.
What Larry has said about the results from his 4/3 camera is similar to my experience with the GF1. I firmly believe that I blew a once in a lifetime photo shoot using that camera and lenses. However, there is at least one very knowledgeable professional photographer among us who claims that he gets good results. However, the vast majority of his photographs are taken with the pro-level Nikons and pro glass. EDITED. As I recall, I believe that he implied that he used post processing of the RAW file to get his desired results.
Good luck with your decision.
#8. "RE: Nikon D40 and Lumix GF1" | In response to Reply # 0
At the risk of starting a flaming argument, I think you will find that a DSLR with an optical VF a far better photographic experience than other current alternatives. The optical VF gives you much better control of the image framing and "3D" nature of the image viewing. I also believe that they lead to a more stable platform and time reactive experience. With practice, the D40 and 35mm f/1.8 will allow you to shoot with both eyes open. That can lead to much better results for fast developing subjects.
Good luck with your selection...
#9. "RE: Nikon D40 and Lumix GF1" | In response to Reply # 8Thu 24-Feb-11 09:25 PM | edited Thu 24-Feb-11 09:46 PM by jpFoto
I don't think that you are starting "a flaming argument." I think that if you would have read the other posts in this thread that you would have seen that every single post here has said the same thing as you.
#10. "RE: Nikon D40 and Lumix GF1" | In response to Reply # 9Drbee Nikonian since 05th Aug 2004Fri 25-Feb-11 12:00 AM
I did read the other posts in this thread and I'm sorry to admit that I did miss the reference to VF in your post. My point was not so much about price but more about the photographic experience.
I have two friends who have purchased 4/3 systems based on their P&S experiences only to find that their picture quality (not necessarily image quality) was hampered by the lack of a clear view of their composition - and the problem worsened in bright light where you think image quality would be at an optimum.
So your point is taken.
#11. "RE: Nikon D40 and Lumix GF1" | In response to Reply # 10markwatts Nikonian since 16th Nov 2004Fri 25-Feb-11 12:58 PM
I agree with the comments above. If an either/or go for the DSLR. But I have the GF1 in addition to DSLRs just for the times when a small camera in a (large) pocket is convenient. What no-one has mentioned is the use of OVFs with the GF1. That at least makes the shooting experience quite different and much improved, at least for me.
#12. "RE: Nikon D40 and Lumix GF1" | In response to Reply # 0
I've had the GF1 for a year with the 20mm and 14-42mm zoom, and found it to be very good - I've made excellent prints up to 13x19 inches.
I got the electronic viewfinder, which helped, since I don't like composing using a screen. When I first got it, I was very excited to have a small camera to always have with me, but over the year, I gravitated back to my D300 and rarely use the GF1!
I did use it exclusively when I visited Boston last year, and I must say it was very enjoyable not hauling around a heavy bag, and it is very discrete for street photography - people generally ignored me. I'm still glad I have it, for now, but if I don't use it more, perhaps I'll sell it.
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#13. "RE: Nikon D40 and Lumix GF1" | In response to Reply # 12spanglerokapi Nikonian since 22nd May 2008Wed 02-Mar-11 09:07 AM
Since buying a GF1 my Nikons rarely see the light of day! I am more than satisfied with it for 90% of my work and (with the 20mm lens) it's an absolute peach for street photography, I recently purchased a remote for it and with the camera round my neck and the release down my sleeve I can get discrete candid shoots. I was initially apprehensive about not having a viewfinder but soon adapted to it and seldom have problems with ambient light, in cases where I do I use a Hoodman Loupe. One thing I have noticed is the I get more accurate verticals & horizontals using the GF1 but no idea why. I have the 20, 14-45 & 45-200 lenses and find the pancake and telephoto give excellent images, the 14-45 is good but does suffer from slight barrel distortion at thw wider end but is easily tweaked in Elements.
I do concur that my best images come from my D200 with a 70-200 VF f2.8 but heck it's a lot of weight to lug around!
#14. "RE: Nikon D40 and Lumix GF1" | In response to Reply # 0
I have a D300 and a GF1 (with 1.8 20 mm lens). I'm very happy with the GF1 and love the option of using a smaller camera, but, for me, the GF1 will always be my secondary camera.
I think it comes down to a personal choice -- how will you use the camera and how much camera do you want to carry around. Both cameras are great, it depends on what your needs are. If it were me, I would spend some more time with the D40 before deciding.