New Panasonic?

Discussion in 'Panasonic Lumix' started by Martin Francis, Nov 18, 2003.

  1. In the British magazine Amateur Photographer there is a news article (with
    photograph) on a new Panasonic camera with a *manual focus only* Leica lens.
    The body has a definite look of a Leica-style rangefinder camera body to it.
    I haven't seen anything about this on the net yet, and AP is usually a
    reliable source... is this likely just to be a very early April Fools prank
    played on the magazine?
     
    Martin Francis, Nov 18, 2003
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  2. I saw it and like you I'm puzzled by the apparent lack of any focus aid. If
    it's supposed to rely on squinting at the LCD, it's not going to be very useful
    when the sun is out...
     
    Malcolm Stewart, Nov 18, 2003
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  3. Found out more (see my post on rec.photo.equipment.35mm). Apparently it's
    NOT just manual focus but it DOES have a nice big manual focus ring (as well
    as zoom and aperture rings and a shutter dial on top).

    It uses the Dimage 7/A1-style EVF instead of a direct view or rangefinder
    method.
     
    Martin Francis, Nov 18, 2003
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  4. Martin Francis

    Stewy Guest

    Perhaps you're thinking about the new FZ10? This is the upgraded FZ2.
    The FZ10 has a 12x optical zoom, manual focus, 4 megapixel Leica lens and a
    fuzzy logic image stabilization. Price here in Japan is around 70,000 yen
    (US$650)
     
    Stewy, Nov 19, 2003
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  5. I saw it and like you I'm puzzled by the apparent lack of any focus aid. If
    it's supposed to rely on squinting at the LCD, it's not going to be very useful
    when the sun is out...
     
    Malcolm Stewart, Nov 19, 2003
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  6. Martin Francis

    John Bean Guest

    Completely different camera. The camera pictured and described in the
    magazine has *only* manual focus. The body has a shutter speed dial on top
    and the lens barrel carries focus, zoom and aperture rings just as you'd
    expect to find them on a manual film camera. In fact the comment was made
    that it resembled a Leica R lens on an M body.

    It will be interesting to see what they've done with the viewfinder.
     
    John Bean, Nov 20, 2003
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