As an enthusiast the camera market is depressing.

Started Aug 13, 2013 | Discussions thread
Marty4650
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John, you chose to have no options
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John,

There are more options today for photographers than there have ever been. And cameras today are BETTER in almost every regard when compared to cameras just a few years ago.

But in your particular case, you "have no options" because the only thing that will please you is an updated Panasonic FZ50. Same camera that existed in 2006, but with a better sensor. If they would just build one for you, then you'd be happy.

John, you have limited your options by holding out for a very specific camera design that will probably never be built again. You have even rejected the idea of a Panasonic G5 with a 14-140mm II lens, because it isn't exactly like an FZ50. You don't like the FZ200 because even though it has the constant f/2.8 aperture... it lacks the manual zoom and focus rings.

The FZ50 was a good deal when it cost $600 and a DSLR cost $1,000 or more. I realize it wasn't the price that attracts you to this type of camera, but that's why they sold so many of them back in the day. If they built an updated version is would probably cost $1,500 and be larger and heavier than a mid level DSLR. And no one would want one. Except you.

You are like someone who refuses to buy a new car, because they stopped making the 1984 Pontiac Fiero. No other car design will do. And so.... "you have no options."

Good luck on your quest, John. I just don't think you will ever be happy with any camera unless it is a brand new FZ50 clone.

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