Just felt like adding this in here as some food for thought.Q: You mention that you use three Leica cameras. Is there any difference in the kind of work you do with the Leica X1, V-Lux 20 and D-Lux 4, and what characteristics of each camera work best for your kind of shooting?
A: The X1 has amazing low light capabilities so I try to use it in low light settings more than the other two. I think the X1 is also very good for shooting portraits because of the richness of the files it produces. The V–Lux 20 on the other hand has an edge in terms of flexibility due to its superior zoom capabilities. It’s a technological marvel really and I use it primarily when I need to be discreet. Nevertheless the D-Lux 4 remains my overall favorite, and it’s my number one choice.
Kathy this is absolutely amazing...a throw away becomes a keeper....wot a keeper!!I was walking through the market this morning and I came across a photo shoot. I hauled out my X1 and took a quick picture completely forgetting that the the last time I had used it was in very bright sunshine and not a shady courtyard. The result was a woefully underexposed image.
Can this image be saved? After playing around with it in lightroom this is what I ended up with.
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In the raw image you can see noise in the dark areas and overall I find it rather flat. But, I was pretty pleased with the results.
Nasser, I just finished reading your Leica X1 preview from March and enjoyed your impressions of the camera both good and bad, as well as your photographs. My favorite photo was the same as yours, I think - the one of the two boys gazing up at the two television sets, with the array of sneakers for sale in the background. You certainly showed how well this camera can do in low light and at higher ISO speeds.
There is an unmistakeable color/warmth and handling of light/shadows to the Leica images-- obviously a product of their in-camera software. This I discovered while camera shopping and trying to figure out why a Leica D-Lux# cost so much more than the Panasonic Lumix LX# when they had the same body, the same lens, and the only difference seemed to be how each was branded. This was one of the articles I read. Life is Good!: Panasonic LX3 vs Leica DLux4, Part 1 Now, I had read more and had told myself 'if ever' it would be the Leica-- though at the time it was not a D-Lux 4 I wanted but the X1. I suppose the same results could be achieved in LR-- but there is just something about the magic of downloading something from a camera and going 'wow' before post processing. Anyways I wax poetic on equipment I still do not own, but just wanted to add my little mark of appreciation here.The reason they are special to me is an indefinable "3D warmth" right out of the box with little or no altering in Aperture or LR.
It amazes me that they have two different brands on them Bruce, but when I see the photos.. well.. the price difference 'kinda' makes sense.Thanks for the link Kristen, (I saw very little, if any difference in their comparisons between those two candidates btw) I agree that there's more than the sum of parts and the red dot. The X1 just plain nails warm subtleties that my eyes see, very analog.