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Panasonic GF1+20mm kit discontinued at BHphoto (+US deals summary)


That’s bad news. The very popular Panasonic GF1 has been now discontinued. The source is BHphoto (Click here). And Adorama (Click here) doesn’t list any kit version! Also Amazon is selling the GF1 via third party resellers only. But at least they have a very good deal. The Panasonic GF1 Body only is in Stock for $299 (Click here).

Like you I don’t believe the GF2 has to be seen as the real GF1 successor. My bet is that there will be a GF3 soon!

More deals news:
It’s almost impossible to find the Panasonic GH2 in Stock. That’s why third party resellers on Amazon are selling the camera for $2,399.99! That’s a $900 extra price…be warned! You pay a similar extra on GH2 cameras that are on auction on eBay.

In those days the real deals are on lenses:
– The Panasonic 100-300mm lens is in Stock for $565 at Amazon (Click here). That’s a 35 dollar discount.
– Panasonic 7-14mm f/4.0 for $849 at Amazon (Click here).
– Not a deal but an in Stock alert: 3D lens now at Amazon and Adorama.

  • safaridon

    I checked with B&H by telephone yesterday and they quoted a higher price on the GF1 body but also said it was out of stock but more ordered. However they did have the 20/1.7lens I think for $315 so just combine with body from Samy’s at $299 and you get essentially the same as the original bargain.

    My problem please admin get us some conceptual sketches, better yet photos and preliminary specs for the anticipated new FG3 with EVF or the new EP3 before end of month when Panys current $150 rebate on GF1 runs out. I only hope the GF1 bodies will not run out before then and I don’t expect the GF3 or whatever it will be called to appear before April?

  • Four by Six

    IMHO, the GH-2 should not have been eligible for camera of year honors, as it is not actually available yet… Very frustrating to see such short supply.

    • tgutgu

      Sure it is available. It just depends where you live, like always. No supply problems in Germany.

      On the other hand, the Olympus E-5 is difficult to get here.

      Anyhow, availability in a particular market has nothing to do with camera of the year status. If the demand is high, you always have stock problems. It was the same with the Canon EOS 5D MK II, when it was released. It was still a revolutionary camera.

    • I ordered mine from Amazon today and it will be here tomorrow. I found an online service that will send you SMS messages when a product comes back in stock, and it worked!

  • Stephen

    That gf1 for $299 deal is no good anymore, bummer too, I wanted it.

  • cteve

    Same here in Korea, I can get plenty of them with no problem. The same goes for the wonderful Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95, which I’m wainting to buy until the GF2 comes out or at least another good Micro 4/3 camera model see the light of day.

    • Voldenuit

      I had the good fortune to play around with a CV 50/1.1 on my GF1 a few weeks ago, and loved it!

      m43, you have found your portrait lens.

  • inteliboy

    Panasonic now really do need a proper follow up to the GF1 – not some touch screen nonsense for soccer mums. Let’s hope the rumours of a new prosumer model are true, and not just wishful thinking.

  • oddly even though the Olympus E-P1 is discontinued (I guess, I saw no official news on this) … you can still get them new in the uk – as a kit with 17/2.8 or as body only’ and as ‘no box’ but new items (dealers breaking kits to sell as singles). not everywhere but one retailer even still has some white bodies in stock (alas they popped the price up on the white one)

    so perhaps the gf1 will still be found in stores for a while?

  • Voldenuit

    $850 is a great deal on the 7-14. If you can afford it, jump on it!

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