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Old May 13, 2004, 3:18 PM   #1
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We are looking at purchasing our first digital camera. In our research on Steve's website, we think the FZ10 is the one we want. We were talking to a camera shop in Billings MT and they informed us that Panasonic was removing this camera from the shelves of some stores. In e-mailing Panasonic from their web site, they responded by saying the 2004 models were coming out. But their response did not comment on the "removing from shelves". 1). Does anyone know if there is a problem with the FZ10? 2). Does anyone have details on the 2004 model?
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Old May 14, 2004, 10:51 AM   #2
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Greetings from Missoula.

I've seen nothing to confirm the rumor you picked up -- and nothing to refute it. But Panasonic's web site has no mention of a 2004 model and still features the FZ10 as a "new product." Be aware that the FZ-10 was released in the U.S. about eight months ago. It seemspretty early in the product cycle to be bringing out a replacement model. Did the store you visited have the FZ10 in stock? That might have influenced the comment.

Before you buy the FZ10 anywhere in Montana, check out Vanns. If they are too distant for a visit you can order from their web site and shipping is usually free. Good price on the camera and good service.

You'll love the FZ10!

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Old May 14, 2004, 5:49 PM   #3
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This is not the first time that a replacement has been mentioned for the fz10, read the attached link and what a customer was told by ritz cameras! Personally i don't think there can be a replacement so quickly but you never know! Perhaps they have been listening to the feedback and made some subtle changes through firmware, who knows? For them to state that the 2004 models are coming out......well it does make you think!! Perhaps panasonic bob could give us some definate information on this?

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1033&message=8523573
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Old May 15, 2004, 3:21 AM   #4
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Thank you for your replys. We have really enjoyed reading all the postings on the FZ10. We can't wait to get it. Thanks for the info about VANN. We will give them a call. The store in MT that we called, did not have them in stock and when they called to order it for us, their supplier is the one who told them the cameras had been removed from some stores. However, in the e-mail reply to us from Panasonic website still mentions nothing about recalling any of the cameras. It does state the 2004 models are in the store. We called Wolfe camera and they knew nothing about either.


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Old May 15, 2004, 8:36 AM   #5
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I just recieved my FZ10 yesterdqay after having an the first FZ model last year and selling it. I am fond of image stabilization , IS, and have had an Olympus C-2100UZ and also having a Canon Pro90. At some point the FZ10 will likely get replaced but like these other two cameras it will be around for a long time after it goes out of production. In my opinion it represents a maturity in small cameras with IS and is easy to use.

My only complaint is the additional "add on telephoto" offered by Panasonic cost as much or more than the camera?











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Old May 15, 2004, 9:16 PM   #6
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I just recieved my FZ10 yesterdqay after having an the first FZ model last year and selling it. I am fond of image stabilization , IS, and have had an Olympus C-2100UZ and also having a Canon Pro90. At some point the FZ10 will likely get replaced but like these other two cameras it will be around for a long time after it goes out of production. In my opinion it represents a maturity in small cameras with IS and is easy to use.

My only complaint is the additional "add on telephoto" offered by Panasonic cost as much or more than the camera?

Well, you don't have to get the Panasonic model. There are a few others like the Olympus TCON-17 (1.7x) is only $90 here:
http://store.yahoo.com/etronicsnet/olytcon17.html

The TCON-14B is $150 at the same place (and a few more):
http://store.yahoo.com/etronicsnet/olytcon14b.html

There's one make by Nikon (forget the model) and Sony (Sony VCL-HGD1758, VCL-HGD0758)

You'll need an lens adaptor (62mm for the -17 and 55mm for the -14B). Yoshida makes a great one, link is here:
http://www3.coara.or.jp/~shingu_t/engulish/e_top.htm.

Pemaraal (http://www.b-300.com/fz10ac.html) also make one at less cost (plastic vs. metal).

The Sony's require yet another different size adaptor (58mm I think). But as you can see, there's plenty of choices ... so long as you can get the right adaptor.







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Old May 15, 2004, 9:17 PM   #7
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normc wrote:
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I just recieved my FZ10 yesterdqay after having an the first FZ model last year and selling it. I am fond of image stabilization , IS, and have had an Olympus C-2100UZ and also having a Canon Pro90. At some point the FZ10 will likely get replaced but like these other two cameras it will be around for a long time after it goes out of production. In my opinion it represents a maturity in small cameras with IS and is easy to use.

My only complaint is the additional "add on telephoto" offered by Panasonic cost as much or more than the camera?
Well, you don't have to get the Panasonic model. There are a few others like the Olympus TCON-17 (1.7x) is only $90 here:
http://store.yahoo.com/etronicsnet/olytcon17.html

The TCON-14B is $150 at the same place (and a few more):
http://store.yahoo.com/etronicsnet/olytcon14b.html

There's one make by Nikon (forget the model) and Sony (Sony VCL-HGD1758, VCL-HGD0758)

You'll need an lens adaptor (62mm for the -17 and 55mm for the -14B). Yoshida makes a great one, link is here:
http://www3.coara.or.jp/~shingu_t/engulish/e_top.htm.

Pemaraal (http://www.b-300.com/fz10ac.html) also make one at less cost (plastic vs. metal).

The Sony's require yet another different size adaptor (58mm I think). But as you can see, there's plenty of choices ... so long as you can get the right adaptor.
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Old May 15, 2004, 9:30 PM   #8
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Yes I am aware of all those items and have some of them and others. It just seemed a little odd to have a price on a lens, even if it does come with a support, be that high. Maybe we should be buying cameras to fit our lenses?
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Old May 18, 2004, 4:05 PM   #9
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still do not know anything about the recall. Seems to be a rumor. BUT, have heard that the 2004 model is LC1. Mfg suggested price will be around 1599. Has anyone heard anything about this?
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PLEASE stop posting in funny colors. I have been unable to read any of your posts on this thread because the light blue and yellow on the gray background are just unreadable on my screen.

Sometimes the old way is the best way, at least when it comes to typography... good old black on white or gray.



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