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First day with Panasonic LX5

Discussion in 'Micro Four Thirds' started by gsaronni, Nov 25, 2010.

  1. gsaronni

    gsaronni Regular

    Oct 12, 2010
    Some shots with the new camera. We are still knowing each other, but it is a camera I am going to like(although there are some annoying things)

    First some direct JPG, Dynamic colour (slightly tweaked on camera)

    Sokoa Lighthouse

    Higer Lighthouse

    Sokoa detail

    Sokoa low tide

    Now some RAW processed with ACR 6.2:

    Irun Plaza del Ensanche

    Sokoa boat entry

    Sokoa door

    I really like the output of this camera with dynamic colour -1 +1 -1 -2, but still have to do some tests, specially for the portraits of my daughters

    I dont like the LCD in sunny conditions(and the EVF is too expensive). I dont like the quick menu selection, and bother me you cannot customise it like with Ricoh GX200. The flash EV is too hide on the menu and specialy I hate the overcrowded LCD, there are too may icons that are not necessary, and you cannot reduce it. The 2s timer is only for one shot, you cannot leave it on

    But in general I am quite happy, and hope to get best shots than with GX200, specially indoors
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  2. tanngrisnir3

    tanngrisnir3 Regular

    Nov 11, 2010
    Lucky you! I just had a first day w/the LX5 as well, and loved almost everything about it.

    You're quite correct, though, about:

    A. Too many video-gamey icons on the screen. I NEVER shoot video, so what's the point of having an icon that tells me about video settings?
    B. There are customization modes, but I haven't gone into them at all yet.
    C. The EVF being expensive outside of the US. It was just recently $128, then for about 2 weeks, about $180 and now it's back down to around $130. I understand it can be up to twice that in the EU.

    Good luck and nice shots!
  3. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    Congrats on the cameras youse 2....
    Hit the display button and I believe on the 1st or second press, it clears the screen of everything until you 1/2 press the release...then you just get exposure data....

    One thing you might want to try right off is to....
    hit the upper button on the 4 way controller..... this brings up the AF patch.... use the real dial to adjust the size of the patch, hit ok...
    the smallest patch gets the camera to AF very fast....
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  4. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    gsarroni, finally your LX5 has arrived! :drinks: You're off to a great start already!

    You know it's funny but at first all the stuff you guys have mentioned bothered me, but I followed Don's advice and got rid of it all as he's explained above. I, too, find that tiny little focus patch to be my favorite - plus the exposure lock. Now if they would send out a little firmware update so that focus patch would stay small then I can't think of anything else I would ask for.
  5. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Yeah, making the AF area as small as possible is great for AF. But the DOF range with these small sensors is soooooooo huge (particularly shooting with the wider angles and in decent light, that for most day to day shooting with this cam, I'm just setting it to manual focus, establishing the hyperfocal setting, and then just firing away. Almost as much fun as one of the old fixed-focus P&S cameras but better because you CAN change focal length and aperture and then optimize the focus.

  6. gsaronni

    gsaronni Regular

    Oct 12, 2010
    Thanks for the tip, now the LCD shows only what you really need
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  7. Some very nice interesting shots there.
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  8. Mal

    Mal Veteran

    Sep 23, 2010
    Liverpool / UK
    At last.... your LX5 has arrived.... I wondered at one point if you should call in the fraud squad... :wink:

    So glad you liking it you've waited long enough, and your first photos are looking really good.... :smile:
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  9. christilou

    christilou Legend

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    Great pictures :)  I'm sorely tempted to trade in my LX3 for the 5. I never liked the joy stick control, too fiddly. Hmm, think maybe I should fire up the battery and become reacquainted with my LX3!
  10. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    Nah, you've had better ideas. Get the 5!
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  11. BillN

    BillN Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    yeah get the 5 - the S95 is great
  12. christilou

    christilou Legend

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    And therein lies the problem. S95 or LX5? I'm meant to be avoiding all temptation so that I can afford a "cheap" end Leica lens or maybe a Zeiss :wink:
  13. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    Keep to your goals, Christina. Don't let these guys sway you, unless of course Father Christmas might be making a stop at your place. View attachment 31072
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  14. Wally Billingham

    Wally Billingham Regular

    Nov 27, 2010
    Laurel, MD
    very nice, thanks for sharing. I love the shot with the boats and the tide out
  15. javier

    javier Veteran

    Oct 5, 2010
    Los Angeles
    Love this!
  16. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    That's a nice town you live in.

    (PS. Bought an LX5 too, waiting for it to arrive.)

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