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Lifespan of a GX7? Also, should I still get Olympus 12-50mm lens?


Fieryeel

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Hi all, back in 2014, I bought a Lumix GX7.

It's been serving me well even now. Recently, I was thinking of getting an Olympus 12-50mm kit lens to act as a macro lens at a budget.

My question is - What is the lifespan of a mirrorless camera like mine? This is my first proper camera. We don't throw away cameras like smartphones, do we? (Upgrading every few years). Do mirrorless cameras typically last you for 10 years or more?

Also, has anyone tried using the Olympus 12-50mm kit lens on macro on a Lumix body? Does it still work well?

Thank you.
 

one eye jack

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Hi all, back in 2014, I bought a Lumix GX7.

It's been serving me well even now. Recently, I was thinking of getting an Olympus 12-50mm kit lens to act as a macro lens at a budget.

My question is - What is the lifespan of a mirrorless camera like mine? This is my first proper camera. We don't throw away cameras like smartphones, do we? (Upgrading every few years). Do mirrorless cameras typically last you for 10 years or more?

Also, has anyone tried using the Olympus 12-50mm kit lens on macro on a Lumix body? Does it still work well?

Thank you.
Lifespan of mirrorless or any digital camera: Can be 10yrs. or more that is if other components like the LCD screen or EVF (electronic viewfinder) does not detoriate first like dimming at the edges of the screen. The internal battery that keeps the date,some have rechargeable battery (not the main big one you insert into cam ) everything has a lifespan even the mechanical shutter that typically
lasts 50K -80K actuations for consumer models but can go on much longer than official published numbers. Plus you keep it in dry cabinet when not in use to prevent fungus growing on viewfinder ( a mnor but not critical nuisance),mirror or lenses.

That said people change cameras like they change underwear..haha. Nothing wrong since sg is 1st. world place (got money).

On using olympus 12-50mm kit lens, do know that G7 does not have IBIS ( in body stabalisation ) so a handicap in a way.
Plus a kit lens is not a true macro lens in that it does not give a 1:1 magnification so what you see as lifesized will be smaller
when reproduced by camera. Even if such kit lens say can do macro what they really mean is close up photography which
typically have magnification of 1: 4, 1:2 at best. Of course you can crop the image but you lose in terms of quality and resolution
vis-a-vis sensor's megapixel size (relative) instead of using the whole frame.

It's better to get a macro lens if you are serious but if you want to experiment you can try buying close up lens attatchment
( comes in various magnifications eg. +2,+3, etc) to your kit lens if the diameter is not too big or use extension tubes or reverse lens attachment but you will not be able to autofocus but most macro shooters focus manually anyway and also loss of metering. Finally it all depends on your available budget so you can look at the buy/sell section here to see the prices asked for. Not to forget some sort of lighting not neccessary a dedicated marco flash.
A diy paper plate reflector is cost effective with whatever flash you have on hand.
 

Fieryeel

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Lifespan of mirrorless or any digital camera: Can be 10yrs. or more that is if other components like the LCD screen or EVF (electronic viewfinder) does not detoriate first like dimming at the edges of the screen. The internal battery that keeps the date,some have rechargeable battery (not the main big one you insert into cam ) everything has a lifespan even the mechanical shutter that typically
lasts 50K -80K actuations for consumer models but can go on much longer than official published numbers. Plus you keep it in dry cabinet when not in use to prevent fungus growing on viewfinder ( a mnor but not critical nuisance),mirror or lenses.

That said people change cameras like they change underwear..haha. Nothing wrong since sg is 1st. world place (got money).

On using olympus 12-50mm kit lens, do know that G7 does not have IBIS ( in body stabalisation ) so a handicap in a way.
Plus a kit lens is not a true macro lens in that it does not give a 1:1 magnification so what you see as lifesized will be smaller
when reproduced by camera. Even if such kit lens say can do macro what they really mean is close up photography which
typically have magnification of 1: 4, 1:2 at best. Of course you can crop the image but you lose in terms of quality and resolution
vis-a-vis sensor's megapixel size (relative) instead of using the whole frame.

It's better to get a macro lens if you are serious but if you want to experiment you can try buying close up lens attatchment
( comes in various magnifications eg. +2,+3, etc) to your kit lens if the diameter is not too big or use extension tubes or reverse lens attachment but you will not be able to autofocus but most macro shooters focus manually anyway and also loss of metering. Finally it all depends on your available budget so you can look at the buy/sell section here to see the prices asked for. Not to forget some sort of lighting not neccessary a dedicated marco flash.
A diy paper plate reflector is cost effective with whatever flash you have on hand.
Thank you.

I will continue to use my GX7 then. Looks like GX7 has IBIS, but it's 2-axis compared to 5-axis on the Olympus, so I gotta ask someone who has used Olympus lens with GX7 body for their opinion. http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/ro...enses-for-olympus-and-panasonic-cameras-64927

Have you any experience with a lens attachment? I am considering it as well. My budget is around 150 sgd. I currently have the Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 and the GX7 kit 20mm/1.7 lens.
 

ed9119

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I have a Canon EOS 400D from 2006 and still used by my daughter
I also have a Panasonic G3 from 2011 with kit lens that I have given to my Pri 5 niece to use
Both are still doing OK .
The only issue is that they cannot accept today's large capacity cards beyond 8G memory

It sounds like its about time to treat yourself with a new camera body too (altho GX7 is a GREAT camera in its time and still IS a great camera but today's technology and upgrades since 2013 has easily moved 2 generations ahead)

For sure dont throw it away....Plant that seed by gifting it to a young friend curious about the hobby
 

wonglp

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This lens will work on Pana body, though 12-50mm lens doesn't have that much magnification, you could add raynox later on to have better magnification. If its other sort of lens attachment like wide angle, forget it, buying an ultra wide angle would be a better choice. GX7 is still a nice camera, keep it if its still functioning well.
 

one eye jack

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Thank you.

I will continue to use my GX7 then. Looks like GX7 has IBIS, but it's 2-axis compared to 5-axis on the Olympus, so I gotta ask someone who has used Olympus lens with GX7 body for their opinion. http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/ro...enses-for-olympus-and-panasonic-cameras-64927

Have you any experience with a lens attachment? I am considering it as well. My budget is around 150 sgd. I currently have the Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 and the GX7 kit 20mm/1.7 lens.
I have tried Hoya close up lens (older one) It gives uasble image but it really depends on your host lens (kit or prime).

Here are the reviews of Hoya closeup lens now sold as a set?

https://contrastly.com/hoya-closeup-lens/

http://kurtmunger.com/hoya_close_up_setid232.html

Note Hoya closeup lens is 49mm diameter which was standard during full frame film days and so continue till now
so you will need to buy a reducing ring for M43, 46 - 49mm like here:
https://www.aliexpress.com/w/wholesale-ring-46-49.html

Since you have 20mm F1.7 which is equivalent to 40mm FF my choice would be a set of auto extension tubes like
this: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Aut...3-M4-3-LUMIX-GH4-GM1-GX7-GF6/32268132449.html

That way you can have variable magnification just like stacking Hoya closeups but better image quality but of course it all
depends on the quality of the lens/adapter/extension tubes mating surface. You may find it in Sg shops but do shop for best price on aliexpress or amazon. Enjoy! PS you can also use it on 14-45mm.
 

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