I mentioned in the last post that very high up on my camera wish-list would be for Panasonic to remain open to the idea of a possible "GX8 Mark II" some day. They appear to have developed their Dual I.S. a little further since the GX8 came out, and it's accepted that subsequent if lesser models had improved shutters that banished the specter of the dreaded shutter-shock. I think it's a great camera design, a "sleeper" that might not have set any sales records but that is better than its reputation, and a useful tool for photographers who are actually trying to accomplish something. It's a perfect design to carry into the future in thoughtfully refined iterations, and that doesn't deserve to be a "one and done."
But speaking of that, here's a related camera geek question: if you could wish for a "Mark II" version of any camera, what would it be? That is, what camera from the past would you most like a modern up-to-the-minute update/refresh for?
A couple of fer-instances:
"Epson R-D1 Mark II"
"Panasonic GF1 Mark II"
Both of those make a lot of sense from my perspective. I could name a few more, but I'd rather hear your ideas.
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DavidB: "Nikon D700 Mark II. All the features of the D700 with a modern sensor and autofocus system. The D750 is not it. Nor are the D800/D810/D850."
MikeR: "I'd go for a Mark II of the GF1. A solid brick of a camera. Mine is now sporting a (little used) IR conversion."
Mattias: "Easy. I'd buy a Pentax K-01 Mark II in a heartbeat if updated with better AF, an EVF and a tiltable LCD. The original is much better than its rep with the K-5 sensor and a Leica-simple interface and I quite like their shot at creating a stand-out design."
Neven Falica: "Oh yes, GF1 Mark II would be great! With IBIS, 20 MP sensor, latest-gen rear screen and electronics. Also, Panasonic 20mm ƒ/1.7 Mk III lens would be great, too—this time with reworked AF."
Mike replies: I'd buy that lens too. No clue why they didn't improve the slow AF with v.2—someone wasn't thinking.
Dave Levingston: "Amen to the GX8 Mark II. I have two of the 'Mark I' because it is just the best camera I've ever owned in 50 years of doing photography, film or digital. It's damn near perfect. I'd get in line for a Mark II."
Andrew: "Definitely a GX8 Mark II. It would have been so, so easy, too. Just start with the existing GX8, and then...
- Update the IBIS (same as G85).
- Upgrade the shutter (same as G85).
- Allow the Exposure Compensation dial to work with Auto ISO in Manual Mode (same as G9).
- Remove the AA filter on the sensor (same as G9).
- Move the front function button (duh).
- Reshape the grip every so slightly (GX7 was comfier, despite being smaller).
- Let the engineering and design team take the rest of the year off.
Kenneth Tanaka: "Honestly, I want for no 'Mark II' of any camera. I have much more capability than I'll probably ever be able to use. But I could use a Ken Mark II, please. I have quite a list of upgrades I’d like to see in the new model."
Jon Schick: "Olympus E-1 II. Best handling DSLR I ever owned and much nicer than the ridiculously huge E-3/5 that followed. Newer sensor (same colours) with better AF and a larger LCD would have been a great way to keep using those lovely Zuiko lenses."
Dave Karp: "I want a Pentax MX Mark II. It has been a long time, so it will have to be digital. And how about making it mirrorless to keep that small form factor? And a sensor small enough to keep the lenses small too, but big enough to make a decent size print. And no video. Just stills. With plenty of manual controls. A tilting rear screen would be nice—no swing out type, just tilt up or down would be fine, thank you. One more thing: A switch to flip it to black-and-white-only mode. That's what I want."
Mike replies: How is that not an X-T100? It even has monochrome modes in its film simulations....