It's a Lumix without the word "Leica" on the lens... Awww, can't even get away with calling it a Leica because of that.
This and the Olympus PEN have both caught my interest. I've not really found anything that replaces an XD-7 with a 45mm pancake in my bag yet, this could be just about it.
2010-01-10 07:15 pm (UTC)
The 45/2.8 OIS Macro is a Leica though. So you can have your Leica on your Lumix ;-)
I really love that it comes with the option of an external viewfinder - that is one of the main reasons I've been sticking with my Canons, because they haven't taken that feature away yet on the Powershots/Elphs. I do not like framing a photo away from my face unless it's some random person in public asking me to snap a photo for them, then I'll give them the flattering MySpace angle (above head, to the right). They usually love those.
But the Lumix looks teeny, lightweight (how we can all appreciate THAT!), and from what you're showing, takes fantastic pictures. Looks like the 1.7 is coming with the body in that package you mentioned on Amazon, and that in and of itself would make it worth it. In my limited knowledge of lenses, that can't be cheap. I know I paid somewhere in the neighborhood of $400+ for my Canon 85mm 1.8, and it's a beautiful lens.
So.. Squee! New camera! :D
Edited at 2010-01-10 06:28 pm (UTC)
the image quality is freaking awesome.
When I was working as a 911 Dispatcher I had my eye on a Lumix. Sadly, I got laid off and there went my camera fund. My eye is still on a Lumix, now that one, and it'll be something to work toward in the next few months. It's good to know that I can get an external view finder, I really dislike composing pictures with the LCD screen.
Still $899 (less finder) on Panasonic.com....
2010-01-10 07:10 pm (UTC)
equivalent to (or better than?) the panasonic is the olympus EP1 and EP2 (i plan to own an EP2 very very soon.) i have been an olympus guy from my first DSLR because of the 4:3 format. the standard 2:3 just seems anemic to me now. i want some meat on my verticals!
Cool, thanks for the camera review. I just added a Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 lens to my stable (a Hanukkah gift from my parents) and I find it's got the same fast-and-sharp thing going for it that you're talking about here. Seriously considering using my tax refund to upgrade from my D40 to something shinier in their lineup. Suggestions?
Want. That's really all I can say to this. I can definately see this filling a very specific gap in my photography. It comes with a fast lens. I can put other lenses on it.
I'll say it again. Want.
That looks pretty sweet.
I can't stand cameras that don't have an optical viewfinder, either, not least because you can't see anything on the LCD when it's sunny.
it toally makes so much difference. without it, it would just be a point and shoot with nice image quality and interchangeable lenses.
you do need to replace the g9. the g11 kicks sand in its face in terms of low light performance.
though it was your iPhone photography which mislead me into thinking there was a good camera on that thing.
2010-01-10 10:29 pm (UTC)
most people would probably rather have "sports" and "baby" modes on their Point and Shoot than full manual control.
Seems like it. Canon, from what I see, have done away with full manual control on a good many of their Powershot models. I was lucky enough to get one of the ones that serves me well both as a compact that I can use for archival work and one where I can get used to using manual (else, I would've had to shell out more money than I have at the moment for one of the higher-end Canon compacts, or the Canon G10).
He was my teacher in a class once. :) Been a while!
it took me a while to learn to love the 50. but i do. and especially the 1.4....
"pricey and out of stock.." tell me about it...
i really like the view finder option with this camera. like the icing on a delicious cake... ;)
yeah, that's what pushed it over the top.
Damn, and here I went old school and bought myself a Diana Mini
Your new toy takes stellar photographs, by the by. ^_^
it does ... take stellar photos ... and like many others, i've been searching for, first, a 35mm diana, and then a digital one -- and i think the answer is that there isn't one. the lensbaby isn't the answer, the argus 555p isn't the answer. there may be a photoshop action some day that does it, but it still won't be the same.
i think that school of photography can, probably, only be served by those actual cameras. this is not actually a sad thing, i think. buy a real diana, learn to love its ... oddities. it'll be expensive, but if done properly, you'll do wonderfully.