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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice camera, but didn't focus well with pancake lens, November 2, 2011
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This review is from: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3KK 12 MP Micro 4/3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 3-Inch Touchscreen LCD and 14-42mm Zoom Lens (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
I own the older version of this camera (GF1) and was looking for something smaller to capitalize on the compactness of the micro 4/3 system. The GF3 is significantly smaller than the GF1, small enough that I could carry it in my jeans pocket with only a slight bulge (the old camera wouldn't fit at all!).

The camera is a 'downgrade' functionality wise because it loses the mode dial, hotshoe and real jog dial of its ancestor but nevertheless functions just as well in terms of operation and speed.

Problem is I had a 20mm f1.7 pancake lens with my GF1 and focusing was very erratic on the GF3. Electric contacts were clean on both the camera and lens but focusing is a 'hit or miss' beyond acceptable levels. Focusing was always sharp and accurate with the same lens on the old camera
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Initial post: Nov 25, 2011 3:35:52 PM PST
Kristi Swede says:
As an owner of the GF1, now with some hand problems and looking for a lighter camera, your review is particularly helpful. The pancake lens is a real star in the 4/3 line-up. Wonder if the new GF3 pancake compares favorably?

Posted on Dec 25, 2011 6:40:05 AM PST
MJ28 says:
did you guys try to update the firmware for both the camera and len?

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 11:53:46 AM PST
Peter C says:
Re: the GF3 + 20mm f/1.7 lens. I'm using this same combo and have not had any issues focusing. The 20mm *is* slower at focusing than the kit zoom, but this is a known issue with the pancake; it's not a fast focuser. However, I haven't had any problems with the focusing being erratic or otherwise.

Just wanted to add this here in case anyone else is thinking of using the GF3 with the 20mm. This review made me hesitate at getting the combo, but after using it first-hand, I can report that it works just fine. I imagine there was something defective in the chain for the reviewer's camera/lens.
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