EOS 30D, Digilux-2 or Lumix DMC LC1B?

Discussion in 'Panasonic Lumix' started by Justin C, Mar 18, 2006.

  1. Justin C

    Justin C Guest

    I'm yet to take part in the Digital Revolution that has all but totally
    taken over the world of photography (digital medium format?! -
    maybeathere's hope for that old Horseman after all!). I've just cracked
    open a piggy-bank in which I'd been saving for something special, turns
    out I've got 1000 pounds to spend.

    My current kit consists of EOS100, 24mm, 28mm, 50mm, 35-70mm, 135mm, and
    300mm lenses. I hardly use any of them. The lenses that see most use
    are 24mm, 35-70mm and 300mm - and out of those, the zoom is hardly ever
    off the body. I've also a flashgun that sits on a bracket away from the
    lens, a few Cokin Pro filters and a ton of "essential" bits (hot-shoe
    spirit-level anyone?) that I back-breakingly carry around.

    The sensible option, bearing in mind the oh-so-much compatible gear I've
    accumulated, is the 30D. However, I'm just not up to carrying all that
    stuff anymore. I could take the 30D and the 35-70mm with me instead, but
    I just know that I'd find a reason to add another lens today, then
    another and, hey, here I am in 10 years with a permanent stoop.

    So, the Digilux-2. Hmmm.... Very expensive for a fixed lens camera. It
    *is* a Leica though.... mmmmm, nice. It'd save my back and force me to
    concentrate more on the image - no more wondering if I should use a
    wider lense or close in on this part of the scene (yes, I do a few more
    than my fair share of landscapes - but I enjoy portraiture too). With a
    fixed lens I'm stuck with "that is the scene, make the best of it - or
    start walking"... except, the lense isn't fixed. At least it *is* only
    one lense, so I don't have to worry about which mounting ring for the
    filters - right, that's a *major* plus, hmmm. One real plus is the
    controls, all exactly where they were before we went auto-focus, I like
    that idea.

    Then there's the Panasonic... it's the Leica, but without the titanium.
    Or is there more difference than that?

    I'm really undecided here. I'd be grateful for comments or suggestions.
    I'll try to give a quick round up. I want to lose the big bag and all
    the gadgets. I want to get back to basics. I want a camera that'll be
    ready when I am to seize the moment. I still want to be able to use my
    filters. I'll be doing about 70% landscape, 20% portrait, 10%
    candid/reportage/public. I'll also want to be doing a fair bit of that
    in B&W (see the other thread I posted a little earlier).

    I've probably not mentioned a whole bunch of things you'd like to know
    to be able to constructively comment so feel free to ask away.

    Thank you for your time, and thank you, in advance, for any suggestions
    or comments.

    Justin C, Mar 18, 2006
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    Stu Carter Guest

    Note, however, that the 30D will multiply the effective focal length of
    your lens by 1.6 (due to the sensor smaller than a 35mm frame). So your
    zoom will effectively become a 56-112 - possibly not the result you're
    looking for?

    You may need to go for a wide lens for your landscapes.

    I can't comment on the other cameras.


    Stu Carter, Mar 18, 2006
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    Alfred T B Guest

    Forget digital and stick to the Horseman.

    Remember that the 30D uses a smaller than full frame sensor and existing
    lenses from a 35mm camera have an effective 1.5 multiplying factor when
    attached to a digital SLR. This would make your 35-70 zoom give coverage
    equivalent to 50-105 lens when attached to 30D.

    If you are going to buy a digital 'prosumer' camera check out the magazine
    reviews as there may be others that meet your requirements.

    Alfred T B, May 14, 2006
  4. Have a look at the Sony DSC R1, 24-120 mm equivalent which might suit you,
    and a sensor that is big for a non-slr.


    Links to more reviews at: http://www.dcviews.com/cameras/sony_news.htm


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    Alan Clifford, May 14, 2006
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