Panasonic GF1

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by kreuzberg, Aug 6, 2009.

  1. kreuzberg macrumors member

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    These shots have just appeared on Engadgets site for a possible rival for Olympus's E-P1. From the details and pictures available it looks really promising as it has a pop up flash and the possibility of an EVF. Its also pictured with a 20mm f1.7 lens with would make it even more tempting. As for the design it looks like an evolution of the LX3 and I think its quite a looker.

    Heres the link:Panasonic GF1

    If the price is similar to the E-P1 then its would definitely get my vote!
     
  2. toxic macrumors 68000

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    the picture of the lens in the thread says "ASPH"...what's that mean? aspherical?

    still waiting for an APS sensor not named M8...
     
  3. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    ASPH generally does indeed mean aspherical.

    I like the look of the Panasonic far more than the Olympus (I actually think the Olympus is downright ugly - I get they've gone for "retro", but they've not pulled it off well. They need to look at Leica's definition of retro...), and hopefully it is the start of some decent compacts.
     
  4. gkarris macrumors 604

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    Very, very nice....

    BUT, in today's economy, do we really need another $800 P&S with interchangeable lenses? Especially with dSLR's going down in price?

    :rolleyes:
     
  5. jpfisher macrumors regular

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    Not having a mirror mechanism does have some distinct advantages over an SLR -- smaller size camera, quieter, the ability to use compact, yet high-quality, optics.

    The rumored GF1 reminds me a lot of the Leica CL/Minolta CLE, minus the optical finder of course.

    I've been considering a M4/3rds camera for a while... might get an EP-1 at some point... it'd make a nice, lightweight addition to my rangefinder kit, allowing me to shoot wide with the M8 and to move optics over to the EP-1 via an adapter if a more telephoto effect is required... plus it looks like CameraQuest is going to be stocking a direct Pentax K--M4/3rds adapter in the not-too distant future, which would essentially let me mount every lens I own on the camera (minus the medium format stuff).
     
  6. onomatopoeia macrumors 6502

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    Yes.
     
  7. cube macrumors G5

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    It just lacks a built-in "rangefinder style" EVF.
     
  8. Grey Beard macrumors 65816

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    But this will be available as an EVF plug in via the hot shoe and a connector. It'd be like the 'sports finder' on the Leica IIIf that I cut my skills on.

    KGB
     
  9. cube macrumors G5

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    I know. That is cumbersome.
     

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