Nikon D300 vs. Panasonic GF1

To start off, for those of you looking for a comparison between the two, you’ve come to the wrong place as I only own one of these fine cameras… The following are merely some musings of mine regarding my photographic future so to speak…

 

I love taking pictures, but I don’t love lugging around heavy cameras.  My most used camera is an Agfa Optima because it’s tiny, and doesn’t weigh much.  I mean it helps that it takes great pictures, but it certainly isn’t the only criteria.  While I do love film cameras, I still have a digital slr that honestly takes wonderful pictures.  Where it fails me is in the weight department.  I often get great pictures with my Agfa not because it has some wonderful secret touch to it, but because it’s always in my shoulder bag or in my pocket, ready to be whipped out and used, whereas the Nikon is usually sitting on the shelf collecting dust with a big honking lens attached.  When I do take the Nikon D300 with me, I thoroughly enjoy using it, it’s auto focus (of which none of my film cameras are), and the immediate feedback is a refreshing change.  The problem is it gets used very, very rarely these days.

 

This has got me thinking whether I should switch to a smaller system?  I’ve always liked the size and design of the Panasonic GF1, it’s very rangefinder-esque and with the small pancake lens would certainly be very portable.  I realize it’s got a smaller size sensor which isn’t going to be able to touch the quality of the D300, but I so rarely blow up my digital photos, maybe it just doesn’t matter?  I could easily pay for the GF1 by selling my Nikon kit (and have a fair bit of cash to spare), but then I also worry wether this would then replace my Voigtlander rangefinder?  I’d have two cameras with similar focal lengths, similar sizes, but one has auto focus, auto exposure, instant feedback, whereas the other has none of these things…

 

With the recent GF2 announcement, I suspect the GF1 will drop in price before it is sold out, so maybe a deal could be had and I could keep both, cause I really need more cameras at this point…

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3 thoughts on “Nikon D300 vs. Panasonic GF1

  1. I’m in the same boat as you – my D300 takes AMAZING photos, but rarely gets taken out because it is too damn heavy – with an 18-200 attached and battery grip? Forget about it. I’m SERIOUSLY tempted by the GF1, or possibly a DMC-G2… Both are amazing!

  2. I don’t have the 18-200, but that almost makes it worse as to cover that focal length I need to lug around two different lenses (18-70 and 70-300), plus I have a 50 and a macro plus the flash and suddenly I have an entire back pack just to carry around a camera, which when in the back pack is even less likely to get used…

  3. Exactly. Which is why I’m ditching the high end gear, and switching to an m4/3 system. As they say (or as my mangled paraphrasing goes): the best camera to use is the one you have with you.

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