A New Camera Strategy

8 thoughts on “A New Camera Strategy”

  1. In the review I read, the lens got high marks, particularly because it maintains its large aperture capability much farther into its zoom range than does the competition, leading to a “brighter” image in the higher zoom range. The review I read didn’t seem to talk about the “glass” so much, so I don’t know about that. But sounds like an impressive “enthusiast” camera.

    1. The thing I like about it is the full range of manual controls in a small package. I can set aperture priority and really control DOF. It won’t replace a DSLR, but it’s close. I looked at the 4/3 cameras, but they just seemed awkward to me, like a big lens stuck on a point and shoot body. For the expense and bulk, I’d just as soon wait and get a new DSLR.

      This camera will be my sidearm, for when I don’t have my big camera. I’ll have my phone(s) with me all the time, so that will take up the slack when I don’t have either the LX5 or D50 available.

  2. DOF seems to be a challenge on anything short of a DSLR type (or equivalent) camera. Due to the relatively small range of stops available. The review i saw had some pretty good demo images of how DOF can be done well. I have a tough time setting it up on my Canon Powershot due to the small optical viewfinder (no real dof preview) or the digital display, which again isn’t of sufficient resolution to let me get that good of a preview. But I like this sort of camera because it’s small enough to take most anywhere, but gives tremendous versatility and good quality. I now have a serviceable phone camera – though not of iPhone quality -, so the pocket camera need has gone pretty much as you described.

    1. Even though pocket cameras have been replaced by camera phones, I still think there is an argument for keeping a smaller high quality camera available. Although camera phones are catching up in quality, it’s hard to beat a system dedicated to one task – taking pictures. Also, a smaller camera is less obtrusive in certain venues. In some places a DSLR is overkill.

  3. Ahh . . . I that you chose black. My understanding is that more people who choose black cameras tend to apply for a concealed camera permits.

  4. Good choice. I wished on my DC trip that I had a higher-end point-and-shoot with me when I got tired of carrying my DSLR late in a long day.

  5. Just got an LX5 for a travel camera and admit I’m a newbie to photo gear and all the tech knowledge. I’ve shot in jpeg and auto settings primarily, and when first transferring the images to my laptop, they looked great with eye-popping definition compared to my old Olympus point and shoot. Opening the saved image files on my laptop now, though, the crispness and definition of the images is disappointing and pixillated. I read that the jpeg processing in the LX5 applies an algorithm that mushes them with noise reduction and then oversharpens the mush. Is this what is happening, or do I need to reconfigure/replace the graphics card in my laptop (a 3 year old Dell)? Appreciate your thoughts in how to maximize image quality in transferring and viewing on a computer–

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