Panasonic DSLR coming in 2006.


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art2d2 said:
To all Panasonic Fans... welcome to the 4/3 system.

http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/content_page.asp?cid=7-6465-7714

I wonder will they use Leica lens ? hehe. ;p
Not sure if Pana needs any pre-release beta-user? ;)

I dun mind to be one, even if I need to sign the NDA...as long as they are willing to provide the prototype (body + lens) for me to use. :bsmilie: :bsmilie:
 

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I'll be the second to line up!!! Better start saving up already... ;p

Question: What do you guys think of the four third system? This is a general question. :dunno:
 

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The story implies that Matsushita will concentrate on making its cameras and lenses smaller than previously available film and digital SLR models.
Sounds promising. Hopefully lower costs for us especially where the cost is concern.

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Sounds promising. Hopefully lower costs for us especially where the cost is concern.

Cheers
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Body cost not sure, but with four-third system, it will mean that the choice of lens opens up, at least Oly is pushing for it...so, more choice, $$ will be more competitive....But again, it will be good if we can be the beta users. ;)
 

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Although my current camera is an FZ20, if you ask me would I buy a Pana dslr...the answer is a simple no!!! I will tell you why.

1. Pana has no experience in dslr and with so top brands to choose from such as Canon, Nikon, Olympus etc...I would put my hard earn cash on these brands.

2. Pana camera support is very poor.

3. They don't provide firmware upgrades while most other digicam brands do!!!
 

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Although my current camera is an FZ20, if you ask me would I buy a Pana dslr...the answer is a simple no!!! I will tell you why.

1. Pana has no experience in dslr and with so top brands to choose from such as Canon, Nikon, Olympus etc...I would put my hard earn cash on these brands.

2. Pana camera support is very poor.

3. They don't provide firmware upgrades while most other digicam brands do!!!
Hmmmm...then you should consider selling your FZ20 away and get something else... :)
 

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Hmmmm...then you should consider selling your FZ20 away and get something else... :)
I love my Fz20....just because of the great lens that came with it...12x optically stabilise!!! If not for the leica lens i won't have bought it.

Going back to the dslr from pana...take away leica lens from panasonic dslr body = no big deal !!! And since lens are interchangable, would you consider a pana body?
 

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I love my Fz20....just because of the great lens that came with it...12x optically stabilise!!! If not for the leica lens i won't have bought it.

Going back to the dslr from pana...take away leica lens from panasonic dslr body = no big deal !!! And since lens are interchangable, would you consider a pana body?
I don't see any point arguing with you here. It all depends on what one is looking for.

Big deal or no big deal is very subjective anyway.
 

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wow!

good!

:thumbsup:

wondering if the rest of the electronic giants would also do the same? :embrass:
 

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Could be, but it might be very pricy lor.
Ok... If they managed to do that while still making it affordable, i'll definately strongly consider pana over the rest. They've proven they can make quality cameras. :thumbsup:

Don't mind I ask again, so can anyone tell me if the four-third system is a good system? From what I understand, nikon and canon are not using this system right? :dunno:
 

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Nikon, Canon, Pentax and Minolta are not using the 4/3 system as they have a huge 35mm base already. Hence they will prefer to stick to the 35mm standard. Only Fujifilm, Kodak and Olympus is doing so.

BTW, incorporating image stabilization in the body has been done by the Dynax 7D from Minolta. Lens stabilisation is done by Canon and Nikon. Each has its own benefits. But I personally prefer Minolta's method.

And for those who are asking if a DSLR from Panasonic is a big deal... YES it is! There is a whole system required to backup the DSLR or any film SLR system. That includes lenses, accessories, flashes, software, etc, etc..... it's very complicated and requires rather specialized know-how... I presume Panasonic will tap Leica's experience although Leica caters mainly to the top range consumers... Not easy to break the stranglehold of the 4 top brands....

I suspect Panasonic might go the way Fujifilm did.... borrow the F-80 body to produce the S2/S3Pro.
 

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art2d2 said:
To all Panasonic Fans... welcome to the 4/3 system.

http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/content_page.asp?cid=7-6465-7714

I wonder will they use Leica lens ? hehe. ;p
Had the chance to speak to some Panasonic execs in Tokyo recently. The project is in the "exchange of engineers" with Oly phase and expected availability if 1Q of 2006. Was also told that the Leica lens was co-developed and is also being produced by Matsushita in Japan. Looks like they could break away from Leica if they want.
 

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