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High-End Panasonic GFX1 Rumored for Early November Annoucement

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by Amin Sabet, Sep 22, 2011.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    According to EOSHD, we can expect Panasonic to reveal a "high end" Panasonic GFX1 within the next two months. The name makes sense, as Panasonic recently announced the "X" designation for it's premium lenses, and the "GF" designation refers to it's "rangefinder-styled" (or non-SLR-styled) bodies.

    According to EOSHD, the GFX1 will be the camera for which many GF1 owners have been waiting and a "true competitor" for the NEX-7 and Fuji X100. It will feature an integrated EVF and be styled like the Panasonic L1 DSLR pictured below:

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    Above: The Panasonic L1 DSLR, released in 2006

    In addition, the same EOSHD source indicated that we will also learn of a 40mm Panasonic pancake lens and a new Leica lens for Micro 4/3 at the time of the GFX1 announcement.

    All of this sounds plausible to me, and EOSHD has a pretty good track record. They were the first with detailed information about the Lumix X lenses, so they may well have the scoop again here.

    Source: EOSHD

    Rumor Grade: B

    Rumor Evidence Grading System:
    A = Proven source, rumor extremely likely to be correct
    B = Good source, rumor likely to be correct
    C = New source, rumor plausible

    [Thanks Linh]
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  2. linkedit

    linkedit Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 6, 2010
    New Jersey, USA
    come to daddy.
  3. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    ......the wait till the November announcement will be a drag. The wait for the camera to become available will be an even bigger drag. I just pray they won't screw it up. And that it won't cost $2,000.
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  4. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
    If it has a Leica branded fast zoom on it it will.
  5. Warren T.

    Warren T. Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 10, 2010
    San Francisco
    Now THIS is really exciting :) 
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  6. pharaviel

    pharaviel Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 20, 2011
    Reggio Emilia, Italy
    Daniele Frizzi
    (can't see the L1 image)
    I always admired the L1 design, both for look and "compact-ness"...
    I would love a similar-looking GF. I hope in a cool design for the evf and a grip... GF1 like.
  7. jyap

    jyap Guest

    The Sony NEX-7 is $1199 on Amazon body-only.

    I'm guessing it's got to be in the $800 to $1100 range, body only.
  8. komucit

    komucit New to Mu-43

    Aug 13, 2011
    The Front Design looks like Konica hexar AF/RF
  9. ZephyrZ33

    ZephyrZ33 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 18, 2010
    Southern California
    I once said:
    If Oly made a fast Pen that looks exactly like the E-P1, I'm in. Bluff called. :cool: 

    I also said:
    If Panasonic ever made a GF that resembles L1 DSLR... :blush:

    Curse :43: wants all my money.
  10. jyap

    jyap Guest

    That's not the camera.

    That's the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 from 2006.

    I agree, a lot of the times pictures in posts can be misleading on first glance. I see the mistake happen all the time. I think they should all say something in the actual picture like 'Artist rendering'.
  11. ssgreenley

    ssgreenley Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 12, 2011
    Is it really probably that Panasonic is working on four x zooms and two new primes at the same time? That seems like a lot to release at once...
  12. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Man, this sounds like it will be very nice.

    I am excited that they may be able to announce prior to the Nex7 shipping. Fanboy here is cheering for my m4/3 ecosystem.
  13. Linh

    Linh Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Maryland, US
    Well, half the x zooms will be out soon, with the other half likely next year at best. So not too out of the question, especially if they want to keep the pressure on NEX for lens selection (and now nikon, sorta).

    But what new primes have they announced recently?
  14. RonSmith

    RonSmith Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 7, 2010
    The good thing about Panasonic and the m4/3 platform is that keeps me from spending all my money on Canon gear.
  15. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    Even if it resembles the LC1 in the photo then as long as it is better made, with a better sensor/DR and around the same size as the existing GF1 then I for one will be very interested.

    Since getting my GF1 I have to admit to "shelving" my Leica M8.2 + lenses so may even consider letting it go if the new GF1 (pro) is good.
  16. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    The problem with m43 is that it gave me another reason to spend more money after spending all my money on Nikon gear!
  17. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Oy Veh, just another I'll want to drool over.
  18. Hikari

    Hikari Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 26, 2010
    Suddenly the digital camera market is getting interesting...
  19. carpandean

    carpandean Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 29, 2010
    Western NY
    If they do a good job of designing it, then it will be the body that I buy and keep for a long while. Currently, the G3 is just the closest thing to what I want, but I don't doubt that I will sell it and buy the GFX. Great camera, but just not exactly what I want. I still haven't sold my GF1 because it is, in many ways, closer to what I want.
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  20. ssgreenley

    ssgreenley Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 12, 2011
    I was referring to this: "a 40mm Panasonic pancake lens and a new Leica lens" but in re-reading the Leica is not necessarily a prime.
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