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Panasonic discontinues AF100 in B & H Photo's store

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reid vanvoris
Panasonic discontinues AF100 in B & H Photo's store
on Dec 8, 2012 at 11:21:31 am

So Panasonic releases the AF100 as an HDSLR killer with a M43 lens mount. The price is right, the features are mostly right, but most HDSLR users are Canon owners with Canon lenses and there is no decent EF to M43 lens adapter (not even now) that allows control of lenses through the AF100 camera, Panasonic itself has few decent M43 lenses choices in their Lumix lens line, so AF100 sales struggle. Sure you can rig up some nice lenses on the AF100's M43 mount, but by the time you do, you've spent more hanging glass than the camera itself cost.

Now, Panasonic releases 2 new Lumix M43 lenses that look pretty good; a 12-35mm constant f2.8 zoom and a 35-100mm constant f2.8 zoom. Hooray for AF100 owners, right? No. Panasonic now discontinues the AF100. Decent, affordable camera, now with relatively expensive, but decent and compatible lenses, and now the camera is no longer for sale.

Not that the AF100 is the bleeding edge anymore. It' still a nice camera whose heyday may have come and gone, but moves like this, really? What is Panasonic's stock price doing again?

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