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Kevin
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      05-19-2006, 08:30 AM
Although I am a committed film person I now find that a digital camera
would be useful as I have a need for digital pictures and I can avoid
the d&p and scanning route. I just happened to go past the shop where I
bought my Contax and they showed me a Leica D-Lux 2 for about £550 but
later on whilst in Costco I saw a Panasonic camera that looked
identical for almost half the price.
Does anybody know about these 2 cameras and whether they are in fact
the same camera under 2 different brands.
The digital SLR's look so bulky that I don't see what advantage they
would give me over the Aria.

Kevin

 
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      05-19-2006, 09:18 AM
On 19 May 2006 01:30:23 -0700, "Kevin" <(E-Mail Removed)>
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>Does anybody know about these 2 cameras and whether they are in fact
>the same camera under 2 different brands.


They're the same camera, with mainly cosmetic differences.
The manufacturer is Panasonic.

The Leica is bundled with Elements 3 and has a better
(longer) warranty.

The Leica also has a red spot... but the Panasonic has a
tiny but helpful front finger grip.


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Michael J Davis
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      05-19-2006, 09:30 AM
Kevin <(E-Mail Removed)> observed
>Although I am a committed film person I now find that a digital camera
>would be useful as I have a need for digital pictures and I can avoid
>the d&p and scanning route. I just happened to go past the shop where I
>bought my Contax and they showed me a Leica D-Lux 2 for about £550 but
>later on whilst in Costco I saw a Panasonic camera that looked
>identical for almost half the price.
>Does anybody know about these 2 cameras and whether they are in fact
>the same camera under 2 different brands.
>The digital SLR's look so bulky that I don't see what advantage they
>would give me over the Aria.


Full review:-
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasoniclx1

Side by side comparison:-
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/comp...ebyside&camera
s=leica_dlux2%2Cpanasonic_dmclx1&show=all

I am under the impression that Panasonic make the Leica digital cameras.

My personal reservation about both is the lack of a viewfinder; to me
bracing the camera against the forehead is essential in reducing camera
shake.

As a long time Leica user (III / M series) who found I was lugging too
many lenses around, I went pocket camera in 2000 to grab the shots I was
missing, and then went digital in 2002 - and decided I could get rid of
my Leica equipment. (I got more for it than I have spent so far on
digital, but I miss the 21mm Super Angulon!)

I currently use a Panasonic FZ5 with a Leica lens, and am very satisfied
with the results. All the time - for me - is the spin off between bulk
and lens-fumbling, with a quick and rapid response digital.

Mike

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      05-19-2006, 10:18 AM

Michael J Davis wrote:
>
> Full review:-
> http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasoniclx1
>
> Side by side comparison:-
> http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/comp...ebyside&camera
> s=leica_dlux2%2Cpanasonic_dmclx1&show=all
>
> I am under the impression that Panasonic make the Leica digital cameras.
>
> My personal reservation about both is the lack of a viewfinder; to me
> bracing the camera against the forehead is essential in reducing camera
> shake.
>
> As a long time Leica user (III / M series) who found I was lugging too
> many lenses around, I went pocket camera in 2000 to grab the shots I was
> missing, and then went digital in 2002 - and decided I could get rid of
> my Leica equipment. (I got more for it than I have spent so far on
> digital, but I miss the 21mm Super Angulon!)
>
> I currently use a Panasonic FZ5 with a Leica lens, and am very satisfied
> with the results. All the time - for me - is the spin off between bulk
> and lens-fumbling, with a quick and rapid response digital.
>
> Mike
>
> [The reply-to address is valid for 30 days from this posting]
> --
> Michael J Davis
> <><
> Some newsgroup contributors appear to have confused
> the meaning of "discussion" with "digression".
> <><


When I had a try with the Leica in the shop the lack of a viewfinder
was difficult to get to grips with and I did find the image jumping
around a bit. I tend to always use a video camera through the
viewfinder as that seems easier aswell. I tend to find that if I use
the display I don't concentrate on the horizon and when I play it back
I kick myself because the horizon is at an angle.
Not so much a problem on stills as it is easily corrected but better to
get it right first time.

Kevin

 
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