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Old Feb 26, 2006, 10:07 PM   #1
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I saw the announcement for the Panasonic L1.

To me, it looks like the Leica Digilux except the L1 has a detachable lens.

I don't quite get the rangefinder style viewfinder similar to the EVOLT.

Prefer through the lens (TTL) viewing).

Would be interesting to know the intended price for this camera.

If it's over $800 US dollars I'd say it's overpriced.

I noticed Leica is manufacturing a lens for this camera. Will it be mega dollars because it says Leica on it? Hmm.

All in all, a curious offering. I wonder if this camera will be iconoclastic or one for the masses?

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I don't quite get the rangefinder style viewfinder similar to the EVOLT.
Prefer through the lens (TTL) viewing).
Would be interesting to know the intended price for this camera.
If it's over $800 US dollars I'd say it's overpriced.
I noticed Leica is manufacturing a lens for this camera. Will it be mega dollars because it says Leica on it? Hmm.
Key word here is "rangefinder style." The outside may look like a rangefinder, but it is a true TTL camera--just as the EVOLT E-330 is (did you think the EVOLT wasn't??) :shock:.

That's what SLR means. In fact, the Panny's mirror box was jointly developed by Olympus and Panasonic, and is basically the same one that's on the E-330--same goes for the Live-MOS sensor. The major potential difference (I say potential since we haven't seen any production models yet) is the status of the LCD on the back. The one on the E-330 tilts, making it usable as a waist-held TLR (twin-lens reflex). The initial word on the Panny is that the LCD is fixed, which makes a curious model. Of course, with the Leica lens it will have Mega-OIS, which is attractive.

And even though the Leica lens will be built in Japan (at Fukushima) it will likely be rather expensive, yes.



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Old Feb 27, 2006, 12:18 PM   #3
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I see.

So it looks like a rangefinder but it's actually a TTL viewfinder.

What is the advantage of that configuration, versus a typical viewfinder configuratin like you'd find on a Rebel XT for instance?

Any idea on price?


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The live view LCD system would not be easily accomodated in a body with a conventional prism see this page for diagrams of the system used in the Olympus E330, the Panasonic system should be similar. http://www.steves-digicams.com/2006_.../e330_pg2.html

This camera and the Olympus E330 represent a new system that has all of the DSLR advantages as well as one major digicam feature, a live LCD. As for the comparison with the Rebel XT, this camera offers far more flexibility with the live view technology, it has functionally the same resolution (7.5 to 8 is negligible), and is compatibility with all 4/3rd lenses from Olympus, Sigmaand now Leica. This Leica lens also has image stabilization and of course let's not forget the Panasonic has Olympus'supersonic wave filter and a great user interface (gotta love a shutter speed dial and an aperture ring). Canon makes excellent cameras but they are not the only show in town, also given the all metal body and Leica glass I would put this far ahead of the Rebel XT which has only burst speed and image noise at maximum ISO going for it.

I am not knocking Canon, I have said several times that the worst DSLR has image quality that is merely fantastic.

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Old Feb 27, 2006, 3:10 PM   #5
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I hear ya.

I guess it all comes down to price in the end.

My guess is that if it's pretty expensive, then it will be a niche player for those who crave an exotic DSLR.

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If it is "too expensive" you may be right. I hope the body is available without the lens at a reasonable cost, I know Leica glass is good but so is Olympus, and this body with an Oly lens would be a nice combo.

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the shutter speed dial and aperture on the lens i really like.. i have always been a fan of the panasonic and leica collaboration.. if i didnt already have so much cash invested in canon i would think of buying one.. esp if i was going to stay in the focal range mostly of the leica lens.. to me it looks to be a superb street camera.. good focal length, great minimalistic style of body.. good combo for many purposes..

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Hi, everyone in this forum. I have read some articles and seen some pictures of this Panasonic L1, but I couldn't find the shutter button, would anyone tell me where is it located? Thanks.
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It's in the middle of the shutter speed control dial.
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It's in the middle of the shutter speed control dial.
Thanks, but I think it is hard to press since it is flat or inside.
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