Panasonic Lumix G5 Now Back Down to $499 WITH Lens!

Just a quick heads up…  I just noticed that the Panasonic Lumix G5 WITH the kit lens is selling for $499 on Amazon.  The $499 USD price will show once you get it in your cart.

Amazon is showing that there are only 4 left (at the time of this posting), so I don’t know how long this will last.  I personally have one of these and recommend it very highly. This is a phenomenal deal, so if you want one, I suggest moving fast.

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PhotoLynch says:

I’m starting to wonder if this is going to be the new pricing they’ll move down to with this camera for good? As far as I could see you could still purchase it with lens for $499 it’s just been backordered. The “Fulfilled By Amazon” was $599 but had stock.

(Here in California as of a couple months ago we unfortunately have to pay sales tax on anything “Sold By Amazon” vs. Not paying for “Fulfilled by Amazon” so it’s only a $50 difference after taxes. :-/

Steven,

This very well could be a new price strategy for the G5. I’ve seen it go down to that price a couple other times over the past few weeks, but it rarely lasts very long and the price seems to have settled at $599 (with the lens – $499 body only).

There are also rumors that Panasonic are planning on launching the G6 in 2013 (probably sometime in the summer or fall), so maybe the new lower price will become the norm. But what I can tell you is that it’s a great camera that’s worth every penny, even at $700 to $800. At $499 it’s a no brainer.

PhotoLynch says:

A couple of weeks ago when it went down I saw it as another option from Amazon on the right side for “Special Low Price” add to cart it seemed to say with 14-42. The pricing has definitely made it a very worthy option compared to OM-D or GH3.

I’m pretty positive ill be ordering one soon and selling Canons. I’m considering doing a GH2 too for 2nd body / pro video needs. Can’t beat that for both under GH3 price. 🙂

Steven,

At $499 Body Only, you can’t go wrong by adding a GH2 for video needs. You’ll find it to be a workhorse camera for you. You’re also going to get some great video out of the G5. What the GH2 offers over that for video purposes is more pro level controls, Live Out and a Mic input.

As for lenses, you’ll definitely want to grab the Panasonic 20mm 1.7, the Olympus 45mm 1.8 (GREAT Portrait Lens), and the Panasonic Pro Zooms… the 12-35mm 2.8 and the 35-100 2.8. The Panasonic 14-140 zoom lens is good, but it doesn’t have a constant aperture and may not work as well in low light – but these cams can work comfortably at ISO 1000, and the G5 will give you great files all the way up to ISO 3200.

PhotoLynch says:

Thanks for the info Scott. I have been shooting that idea of doing the G5 / GH2 as I am wanting to get rid of the Canon gear completely. As a professional I feel more comfortable working with redundancy (weddings etc) with 2 cameras. Both cameras are still less than the GH3 alone (but it’s such a great looking camera!)

I’ll have to see what I can afford price wise when it comes to lenses. I think that’s another reason to pay less for the body and spend more on great quality lenses. I’ve gone that expensive Canon FF route and not able to afford any L Pro Lenses… It always leaves you wanting more.

I’d love to see some of the higher iso shots from the cameras if you’d like to shoot me over an e-mail. For an example I’m comfortable working with the GF3 at ISO 800 and will take it to 1600. 3200 is for the desperate situations. 🙂

Hi Steven,

I love your thinking here… Save on the body, spend on the lens – it’s usually the best way to go.

Don’t get me wrong, the GH3 is an incredible camera. It’s pro-grade in every way. But I’m personally going to hold off until sometime in the spring or summer to pull the trigger on one, and the G5 and GH2 are such incredible bargains right now, you’d almost be crazy to not grab ’em while you can.

They will make a great 1-2 punch, with the G5 being primarily for stills and the GH2 for vids (but the GH2 will still shoot great stills, and the G5 will shoot great video).

If you’re starting your lens collection on a budget, start with the Panny 20mm (which is about $360 on Amazon), the Oly 45 (which is $399 on Amazon – but you might be able to save a few bucks on that one) and the panny 14-140 is $619 on Amazon. I’ve also heard good things about the Sigma 19mm and 30mm 2.8 lenses (only $149 each on Amazon), but I haven’t personally tried them yet. There are also a lot of less expensive 3rd party lenses from Samyang, Rokinon, etc. – but you may have to manually focus with those.

Here’s some G5 shots by Will Crockett >> http://www.willcrockett.com/boston2012

I also took a bunch of shots over Christmas… just haven’t gotten around to fiddling with them yet, so stay tuned.

Alison says:

I missed that sale. Super bummer.

Alison,

They had some GREAT specials on the G5 leading up to Christmas. Now I’m seeing the price is back up to $599 (Body Only), which is still a good price for that camera – but if you’re interested, I would recommend waiting to see if they run another special.

Another great cameras from Panasonic that you can get at an awesome price is the GX1 ($499 w lens).

Any time I see a deal, I’ll post it here, so stay tuned! — SG

PhotoLynch says:

Also bummed out about the G5 price. Amazon Warehouse still has some body only for $4xx but the lens kits also went up too.

I was really hoping the price point would stick around. Hmmm.

Tried the Sigma 19 2.8 today. Focus speed, build quality and price were all very nice. May have to purchase these guys as part of my overall kit. Also tried the 35-100 2.8, awesome lens! Not so awesome price though. :-/

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