Wired Magazine Loves the Lumix GX8

Posted Mar. 14th, 2016 by Daniel J. Cox

Wired Magazine Loves the Lumix GX8

I’ve been shooting and loving the new Lumix GX8 for about six months now and others are beginning to see the benefits of Lumix’s amazing new technology. Wired magazine just reviewed the GX8 and was impressed by the exceedingly fast auto focus, Dual Image Stabilization, a bright and impressive electronic viewfinder, 4K video and photo capabilities, superb handling, and a new 20-megapixel sensor.

Panasonic’s Lumix cameras aren’t well known by the general public but I can tell you Panasonic is producing some of the most rock solid, dependable, high-end technology cameras I’ve ever shot. And they just keep pushing the envelope and getting even better. Really glad to see a major, well respected magazine, like Wired, sharing the excitement of the Lumix line of cameras.

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  1. David C.On Aug. 2nd, 2016

    I’m thinking about buying the GX8. I keep reading reviews about shutter shock affecting image quality. Have you come across this problem? Also, several reviewers say the body IS does not work with non Pany lens?? They say body IS only really works well with Pany IS lens attached.
    Please let me know your thoughts.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Aug. 3rd, 2016

      David, I’ve not seen the Shutter Shock that’s taken on a life of it’s own on the web. All cameras I’ve ever used have had some form or another and my answer is to reduce the problem by using other techniques. In the days of film I used to lock my mirror up and use a cable release. Why? Because the flipping up of the mirror would create enough vibration to cause sharpness issues with telephoto lenses. With the mirrorless Lumix cameras I use Electronic Shutter much like I used to use Mirror Up option on my old Nikons. Point being, Shutter Shock is way overblown and something I simply don’t worry about. When I have a situation that it could be an issue, I go to the Electronic Shutter option in the menu. Hope that helps and thanks for stopping by to add your voice to the Blog.

  2. RobertOn Mar. 14th, 2016

    Daniel can you look into your magic crystal ball/your powerful connections with Panasonic and see just when this lens is slated to be released in the US market? Please 🙂

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Mar. 15th, 2016

      Robert, From what I understand, delivery should start happening end of March to the first week in April. I’ve heard they have a lot of orders to fill and initial allocations might be tight. All I can tell you is hang in there. We want them to make sure this lens is as good as it can be. The small amount of extra time will be well worth the wait.

  3. Randy GreenOn Mar. 14th, 2016

    Hey Dan –

    Partly based on your ravings about the GX8 and my earlier purchase of the Lumix FZ1000 as a backup camera, I’ve sprung for the GX8 myself, as well as the Leica 100-400 (can hardly wait for it to arrive).

    I had bought the Lumix FZ1000 before Susie & I left for Namibia last May to use as a backup camera to my Canon gear. In what’s probably the most telling vote for the Lumix, I didn’t take ONE PHOTO with my Canon gear! It was a breath of fresh air to have one lightweight camera that could do about 95% of what I wanted to do. I was also entranced by the 4K video and actually shot mostly video. From my preliminary testing with the GX8 and it’s dual image stabilizing, I’m thinking it’s going to be even more appealing.

    I wrote a couple of short reviews on it on two of my websites, the link of one is below.

    The mirrorless cameras (particularly the micro 4/3s) are sure a welcome change from the beasts we’ve all become used to in the 35mm world.

    Your reviews have been very helpful and very well-done. It’s great that Panasonic thinks so too! 😉

    Hope to see you and Tanya on one of my pasos through Bozeman!

    All the best,

    Randy Green

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Mar. 14th, 2016

      Randy, great to hear of your experience with the Lumix gear. I started my journey with Lumix back in 2008 with the Gf1, which I bought as nothing more than a quality point and shoot to document our Explorers in the field similar to your initial trial with the Lumix FZ1000. I was so impressed with the quality I just kept on adding more Lumix gear to my camera bag. Eventually, my Nikons were left home more and more. Now with the new Leica 100-400mm and the Olympus 300mm, we finally have the truly progressional, high quality, super telephoto lenses we’ve been missing. The size and weight advantage not to mention the much lower cost of getting into the Lumix system has been a dream come true. Loving my Lumix!

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