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Old Feb 26, 2006, 6:49 AM   #1
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Two big bits of news:

1. Panasonic's DSLR is called the DMC-L1 - from the annaoucment the it seems that it may be very similar in design to the LC1/D2 as this is just info from the annoucement. The sensor in eth new Oly E330 has been designed by Pana and it looks as if the DMC-L! will get the Live MOS setup.

http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_se...sp?pressNo=458

2. Leica AG has endorsed the 4/3 standard, so that basically means there will be a Leica version of the DMC-L1 and aslo LEica branded lenses.

http://www.leica-camera.com/discus_e...tml?1140952722

Now all we have to do is wait a wee bit longer for the actually cam to be shown at PMA today.

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Old Feb 26, 2006, 8:21 AM   #2
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Ok .. Replying to my own post... well here's the first pics of the cam:

From that shot - the lens is 4/3 Leica branded with IS in the lens.

I like the look of the cam and if they've kept it small in size, and I had a look at the E330 at an Olympus Exhibition in London last week and the E330 is a small DSLR it'll be nice to have. Lets wait ofr the reviews:

Here's some more info:
The DMC-L1

http://www.letsgodigital.org/html/re...lr_camera.html

new Pana/Leica 14-50mm IS lens:

http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/news...tory_6577.html

From the lets go digital site the specs are:

7.5MP 4/3 liveMOS sensor
Venus III LSI
Dust shaker.
2.5" 207k High Res LCD.
OVF
Aperture and zoom rings.
Shutter Dial
Bounce flash (as per Lc1/D2)

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Old Feb 26, 2006, 12:10 PM   #3
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Looks pretty interesting Harj. Glad to see they're using Leica for their lens line. Wonder what their first long zoom lens will be. Probably 50-200 (before crop factor) range I'd expect. And you know it'll have O.I.S. Hard to believe how fast this digital camera market moves with innovations and new products. The future looks bright indeed........cheers...thekman.
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Old Feb 26, 2006, 12:35 PM   #4
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I'm happy that they kept the LC1 look and Leica lenses - it'll be discreet so it'll be nice and easy to go out and about with it. I still get stopped by people asking if I'm a pro as soon as they see the FZ10. I was hoping they would have introduced a direct LC1 FLD replacment with a 28-150mm lens but I think we're looking at the LC1 replacment but at least its got the anti-dust sensor shake tech from Oly.

My only concern is the size of that 14-50mm lens - its big and also possibly the cost. I'm seriously interested in the L1 but will wait to see where they pitch it regards the price point. Not sure on a 50-200mm i'd guess it could be a seriously big beast considering how big that lens 14-50 lens looks. Personally, I'd just leave the 14-50mm on and use it for indoor/low light shooting and have my FZ10 for everything else. Unless of course teh FZ40 arrives with a larger sensor.

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Old Feb 26, 2006, 2:02 PM   #6
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Howdy Noons!

Some more pics of the L1.

http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/cda/ot...2/27/3303.html

Imaging resource has a video too - just going to check it out:

http://www.imaging-resource.com/EVEN...AS06VIDEO.HTML
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Just checked out the video interview, and Dave says he expects it to be in the $2000 range for pricing. Maybe he's right, maybe not. Again, we'll have to wait and see. thekman
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Me too I nearly fell over when I heard that bit - thats a serious jump up even from the LC1 which was priced at $1000 and in the UK that $2000.00USD=£2000.00. Fingers crossed its around the £700+ price range with a lens and in the US that they'd sell it in and around the $1000USD price range.

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Old Feb 26, 2006, 3:50 PM   #9
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"...and Dave says he expects it to be in the $2000 range for pricing..."

Sony has already shown what it can do with a CMOS sensor in the R1 which streets around $1000. If they slip one into the 5D body and equip the R1's lens with a Minolta mount, they should be able to sell it at a price that will basically render the Panasonic DSLR null and void. I own and love an FZ10 so I'm not knocking Panasonic cameras. I just don't see the DMC-L1 being competitive at that price.
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Hi Lucky

I agree with you on the price point esp with regards to the Sony R1 - you can pick up an R1 here in the UK for £600 inc VAT (about $1100USD) and the Oly E330 + kit lens which shares a fair amount of the internals with the DMCL1 for 700-800 inc 14-55mm kit lens, so I think they won't be able to charge more than a 100-200 USD more.
The Leica version of the L1 on the other hand will cost several 100 more but then they do get the red dot on the body too.

The Sony R1 is the best wide-tele digicam out there but it doesn't have IS and for me personally looks damn ugly and thats why I dont have one to compliment my FZ10. I've always loved the look of the LC1/D2 and I think Pana made a wise decision to stick to that look otherwise the L1 would look like every other DSLR. Bye the I nearly went for an 6moth old LC1 recently but held off as I knew that this cam would be released today.


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