Having been the one who started that thread waaaaaay back when, I need to add a grain of salt with which it should be taken. The DOF scale on the LX-5, like the DOF scales on most cameras, is very very conservative, at least relative to the default DOF scale that DOF Master and other basic calculators use. Which all has to do with the circle of confusion and the anticipated display size/resolution etc, etc, etc. But for my purposes, they're almost all very very conservative. Which means they're not really good tools for setting up hyperfocal distance shooting unless you're feeling as conservative as they are. They're still really good aids for zone focussing because the main thing you need to know for that is the focus DISTANCE and those tend to be very accurate in my experience. And if you spend a little time getting to know your camera you'll know some good combinations of focus distances and apertures to use together for zone focus in different light conditions and different types of shooting.You don't need a Ricoh to do it, I've been playing with a similar feature on the LX5 (after seeing this thread : https://www.photographerslounge.org/f58/extremely-cool-hyperfocal-setup-lx5-revelation-me-589/) and I'm having great fun. Having set the zoom to 35mm and an aperture of f3.2, I can get sharp focus from 2 metres to infinity using the on-screen manual focussing guide. It's marvellous for street-shooting and even action/sports if you can get close enough. It's 1 m to infinity at 24mm.
No focus lag and some very discrete street shots from waist level. It's one of the great hidden features of these small sensor cameras. For those who haven't tried it, have a go!
Trust me when I tell you nothing comes close to the GRDs, and its not brand fanaticism
Woot. Hit somobody's buttons! The toic was snap focus, you said you tried it on another, that's when I said that nothing comes close, nothing comes close to that particular way of getting the shot (preset distance, small sensor great dof). If you prefer zone focusing, etc thats another issue.