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The last time I was wrong was 4 years, one month, 8 days ago...

Discussion in 'Micro Four Thirds' started by Lightmancer, Aug 7, 2018.

  1. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Moderators Team

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    ...and here is the proof: The official I don't want the LX100 thread

    Prior to that was, oh, November 1977, I think...

    Let me explain.

    After my ill considered but thankfully short flirtation with the Sony RX100 I went back to the drawing board. I still had a yen (geddit?) for a high quality go-everywhere zoom compact to compliment my Fujis. I still have an X20 but it is admittedly getting a little long in the tooth and occasionally cranky on startup.

    Searching around I chanced upon the Panasonic LX100... Now, I know it is not exactly pocketable, but more of that later... What it is, is capable, and not insanely small. it handles well, has an (electronic) viewfinder and, critically, NO TOUCH OR TILTY SCREEN.

    It does seem that Panasonic has channelled the mojo of my much-loved LC-1 (Leica Digilux 2; I had both and preferred the finish and handling of the Panasonic.) I'm loving the fast lens, the "analogue" control dials and rings and the handling. In-camera raw processing - yay. Decent mono output... I'm not so keen on the power zoom or the impenetrable remote app. A minor muscle memory irritation is that the zoom control is in the same place, more or less, as the on-off switch on my Fujis - but I'll get used to that.

    But the results... I will post an image or two in due course. I'm liking what I'm seeing.

    There's some Leica DNA in there too... it's buried a long way down, but I can sense it... Amusingly, the camera fits perfectly in an old Leica leather belt case designed originally to hold an M6 with the 50mm f2.8 Elmarit-M mounted.

    It's a funny old world, innit?
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  2. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 7, 2013
    Cheshire, England
    Martin Connolly
    I was similarly wrong when I sold an LX100 a while back. I have recently repented and bought another. I actually find the viewfinder better this time round, strangely.
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  3. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Moderators Team

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    How do you have your viewfinder set up, as a matter of interest? I've gone for the "high eyepoint" version with the readout on a black border and am finding it very clear.
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  4. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
    I bought a used X20 recently for a similar reason so I understand, although I am not a tilt/flip screen atheist like Bill. ;) 
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  5. MoonMind

    MoonMind All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Dec 29, 2013
    All I can say is, the LX100 is still one of those cameras that reliably delivers better images than expected; that and the fact that its lens is really impressively bright have as of yet prevented me from letting it go - even though it's been superceded by the G1X III in most respects (and the more I enjoy using that camera, the sooner the LX100 will go - competent though it is).

    What I find most impressive (even in comparison with the G1X III - in fact, specifically so) is how well the wide end is corrected. If you enjoy the 24mm-e, the LX100 might actually be your better bet ... I haven't used an X20, so I can't compare, but the LX100 remains a very nice camera in spite of its advancing age.

  6. I still really like mine. Only just discovered that I have a zoom ring on the lens which also doubles as manual focus. Thats what happens when you dont read the manual or explore the camera very much. I've only had mine just over a year and I am tending to use it more than most of my other cameras. Except when birding.
  7. Bobby Tingle

    Bobby Tingle Super Moderator Moderators Team

    Dec 31, 2013
    Louisville, Ky
    What I want to know is, will Mrs. Lightmancer verify that was indeed the last time you were wrong?
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  8. N.F.W.!
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  9. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 7, 2013
    Cheshire, England
    Martin Connolly
    Likewise, with contrast turned down a notch from the middle setting. (Whereas on the FZ1000 I’ve had to turn contrast down by 2 notches).
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  10. Les Klein

    Les Klein Veteran

    Dec 10, 2015
    As I’ve written earlier, the LX100 is not a perfect camera — the perfect camera doesn’t exist! I’ve been using this camera exclusively for about 2.5 years and I’m still enjoying it and learning about it. Yes, there were times when I would have liked to have ‘more’, like longer telephoto reach, but I get past it. The LX100 takes great pictures, is versatile, and very portable.
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2018
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