Do I "like" my GH2 finally?

Panasonic GH2 14mm f/2.5 lens

Adding my "battery grip" seems to have improved my perception of my GH2 somewhat. I've always been a great fan of its performance and the pictures it produces, but have always disliked how it looks and feels. Its "I can't afford a proper DSLR, so I've bought this compact camera thingy that pretends to look like a miniature version of one" look is something I don't find attractive. OK I'm being a little harsh here, but I've never liked the design and feel of "bridge" cameras and thats what it reminds me of. If you are going to make a small camera it strikes me that you need to design for that. The Olympus Pens are a lovely example of small camera style.

To my mind the grip makes it both look and handle better. I took it out yesterday with Lumix 14mm, 20mm and 45mm primes and loved using it. It suddenly felt much more like a "proper" camera and less like a toy. 

Panasonic GH2 14mm f/2.5 lens

The camera lens ratio feels better to me as does shooting vertically, which is vastly improved. It works very well with these light primes, and the whole outfit is really easy to carry around.

Panasonic GH2 20mm f/1.7 lens

Really impressive results too. 

In terms of this there are lots of posts regarding firstly the 14mm f/2.5 pancake and how its not a particularly good lens, and secondly how inferior Panasonic jpgs are compared to Olympus in terms of colour. 

Panasonic GH2 14mm f/2.5 lens
I actually believe the opposite of both. My 14mm lens is really good. Beautifully sharp when stopped down, and produces great pictures. In terms of the colour, there are lots of choices for jpgs within the camera. These are all on the vibrant setting. Considering it was a dull-ish day and the pictures are shot in pretty flat light, I have no problems with the colour. It looks pretty "punchy" to me.

Panasonic GH2 14mm f/2.5 lens

Panasonic GH2 14mm f/2.5 lens

So, yes I think I do "like" my GH2 more. It doesn't mean I'll use it more since its a great camera and I use it a lot, but I will enjoy using it more. I've said before if I could only have one camera this would be it, and I have no reason to change my mind about that. However, it is a more pleasant experience when a camera feels "right" in the hand and the £65 I spent on the Ownuser grip seems money well spent to me.

Panasonic GH2 20mm f/1.7 lens

Panasonic GH2 14mm f/2.5 lens

Words - David
Images - David and Ann