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Old March 31st, 2014, 09:27 PM   #1
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End Of The Line With M43 For Panasonic?

I received the following email from personal-view.com today. Did anyone else get it? If true, it sounds like the GH line will not continue nor will the Panasonic m43 lenses. It doesn't say whether the existing products will continue to be supported or not.

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Welcome to our Newsletter!

Panasonic can stop m43 cameras production according to miltiple (sic) leaks:

Last week multiple sources on the web told (sic) that starting of new financial year for Panasonic will be highlighted with reforms and changes necessary due to huge losses.

Only last day it become known how deep they will be [1, 2]. Digital cameras division staff will be significantly reduced with all engineers working on new consumer camcorders and m43 cameras abandoning their work and moving to mobile division.

RIP

Big cameras sales drop in recent months allowed Panasonic to have stock enough to continue sales for next few months. We will see that will happen next, for now rumors exist that Panasonic will start making premium FF bodies.

P.S. It seems like GH4 will be still produced for a while.

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[2] Panasonic abandons m43, stops cameras production, except GH4 - Personal View Talks

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Sincerely yours, Vitaliy Kiselev
Founder of personal-view.com filmmakers community
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Old March 31st, 2014, 09:42 PM   #2
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is it the first day of April somewhere in Europe?
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Old April 1st, 2014, 03:11 AM   #3
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Why would they invest so much money in the 4K GH4 and its revolutionary XLR adapter base only to unwittingly pull the plug before its general release? Makes no sense to me and I don't imagine it to be true. Only a couple of weeks ago, people were saying, 'Canon wake up and give us some of the features that the GH4 does' Then again, the world of cameras is a minefield these days, what you buy today will be out of date tomorrow. I think I will give up if this proves to be true.
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Old April 1st, 2014, 06:38 AM   #4
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Must post my latest muffled conversation in a bathroom audio clip sometime, I got it all, really lucky I was there at the exact time the conversation took place. What a load of rubbish, scaremongering at its worst
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Old April 1st, 2014, 01:26 PM   #5
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Old April 1st, 2014, 02:27 PM   #6
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Very good, have seen that one before in reaction to Michael Gove's Education policies and its always hilarious!
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Old April 4th, 2014, 03:02 PM   #7
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So the consensus seems to be Vitaliy just got it wrong.

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Old April 4th, 2014, 10:22 PM   #8
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Not wrong, purposely made it up as a joke for April 1st.
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Old April 7th, 2014, 03:44 PM   #9
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Hmm, and here I thought jokes were supposed to be funny. I guess some people just have a different idea of what "funny" is.

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Old April 7th, 2014, 03:47 PM   #10
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That message appeared one day before April first, so it was bad timing.
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Old April 7th, 2014, 06:01 PM   #11
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Actually, it was posted 1 minute into April 1st in the time zone where it originated.

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Old April 7th, 2014, 06:13 PM   #12
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That's why we Europeans didn't think it's funny :)
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Old April 16th, 2014, 08:12 PM   #13
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JVC adopted M43 as of NAB2014...
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