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 Post subject: Panasonil L1 advice
PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 7:23 pm 
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I currently have a Panasonic DMC FZ20K and wanted to upgrade to Panasonic L1. I really like the retro feel and the analog controls that are not offered in any other DSLR that one can buy at this moment. I've read a few reviews that said that the L1 has slow focussing speed. How bad is it when this is compared to FZ20( I know im not comparring apples to apples) but again, Im getting the L1 for about $800 including the superb leica lens. If that is my price range, Im looking at Nikon D40x and Canon Rebel Xti, both of which are entry level cameras with ordinary kit lens. Is it a good option to buy the L1 in this situation. Any adivice is appreciated.

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Hi rgaddam, welcome to the Cameralabs forums!

The L1 is a really nice camera, but it has very specialist appeal, and can be quite pricey - see our verdict here:

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Panas ... age6.shtml

I'd only go for it if you love the look and feel, so it's essential you pick it up in person and compare it against other models.

800 bucks also sounds suspiciously good when most retailers are well over a grand. Have you checked the seller on www.resellerratings.com?

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Hi Gordon,
thanx for ur response. I found the L1 for 800 bucks and this is a website that I have done a lot of business with. I too could'nt believe the price but it is in fact at that price. The problem is that most of the retail stores don't sell the L1 anymore. So the only way I can get my hands on it is to buy one. My question is, if it is offered at that price is it an option worth considering?

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Well 800 bucks is certainly a good price especially considering the lens, stabilisation and the build quality of the camera. If you're hooked on the look and style, then I'd go for it. But if you're after a higher resolution body with a more conventional shape, I'd probably spend a little extra on a D80 kit...


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Hi Gordon,
Your advice was very helpful. I just ordered the L1 and its on its way. Cant wait to get my hands on it.


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