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    Posted: 30 July 2008 at 22:09
As most of you know, I am a film die-hard. Still shooting slides in Maxxum film cameras.
However, I have been looking for a small camera with a wide angle lens (24mm equiv. is a must) that would get equal quality with scanned slides.
I'm thinking the Lumix DMC-LX3 is perhaps my answer. Does anyone have any comments on going that route in the near future?

I'm moving to California, just north of San Fransico, so the darkroom is gone now, and looks like I'm getting more digital work flow every day (for better or worse, I don't know.)

Thanks for any discussion,
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jvandegr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 July 2008 at 22:35
I shoot with the Lumix DMC-LX2 and I love it. Probably the best point-and-shoot you can get. That Leica lens really shines. Focus is accurate, reasonably fast, and metering is excellent. Noise (and noise reduction artifacts) have been the biggest complaint with this camera, but if you use the included Silkpix software to process your images, they're really not a big deal. I suspect Panasonic will have more aggressively dealt with this issue on the DMC-LX3, but that's just speculation.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote cruzerpics Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 July 2008 at 22:36
I have eyening the LX3 also to replace my older Panasonic DMC-L when not carrying my KM5D. I'm waiting for the reviews to see how new Venus IV image processing handles noise and image detail smearing which has been long standing issue with Panasonic compacts. My father has the TZ-3 and it takes excellent pictures nicely saturated and pretty sharp.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote my-spot Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 July 2008 at 23:09
My local Circuit City has a lonely LX1 that must have been forgotten. It still has the same price it did in 2006 ($450) and I cannot figure out how to get them to sell it for a price that reflects its age. The sales people are completely clueless and unhelpful in that regard.

Salesperson: "Wow, that's expensive! Maybe the price will come down when they discontinue it and put it on closeout."
Me: "It was discontinued in back 2006!"
Salesperson: (Dumb Look)
Me: "Who sets the price?"
Salesperson: "Um... Corporate... I think. Oh well, Keep checking back!"
Me:

The point is I'm looking at an LX1 so I figure the LX3 would also be a nearly perfect P&S for me (it I wanted to pay that much). It seems to be a P&S for photographers!
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Yep, that's Circuit City for ya. And yes, you said it well - it really is a photographer's P&S.
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Yeah, with that larger chip, I think the 10mp might be alright. I wish they would make about that size of chip with a really good 8MP or so; but still, I think the LX3 should blow away any of the compacts so far.

EDIT: I see that the MP/cm2 rate is still way higher than any DSLR - so I don't know...will need to see a sample. I can't stand digitally smeared detail, that's why I still shoot ISO 50 & 100 slide film.

Will wait (impatiently) to see a RAW file sample. For what it's worth, I would probably never shoot above ISO 100 and always in RAW for my type of photography...it's looking about like the perfect film replacement for me...especially moving to the city.

Enjoying the discussion, thanks.
Jed

Edited by Jed Smith - 30 July 2008 at 23:41
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote anderslynge Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 July 2008 at 23:40
I had many of the same thoughts when I saw the press release. I hope they haven't messed it up, cause it seems they have the right ideas.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote YourFunnyUncle Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 July 2008 at 23:45
That does look good. The perfect camera to have with you at all times when lugging around an SLR isn't an option, and if the low light capabilities are fixed then it could be a great option to take into gigs where "professional" equipment isn't allowed...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote MustMoto Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 July 2008 at 00:33
I have a Lumix DMC-FX07 P&S. It is amazing the quality that comes out of it for such a small unit. My wife loves to take it everywhere.

I imagine the LX series is very good.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Calistoga Guy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 July 2008 at 01:38
It's a bit better than a point and shoot, not much else. Sure it might give extra control, and RAW, but the pics don't look 2-300 dollars better.

http://www.digitalcamerareview.com/default.asp?newsID=3580&review=panasonic+lumix+lx3 some crappy full size samples


Some better FULL size samples http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/cda/compact/2008/07/29/8921.html


Check the stuffed animal pics at ISO 400. Animal looks above average, the background looks like a mess. And they want $500 for this? Another let down like Sigma's DP1, I'll wait for the DP2. I, like so many others want something compact with decent quality pics. Not one digi cam can do anything clean at ISO 400. It's film or the DP1 for now I guess.

In good light, it shines for a P&S but my 2+ year old Fuji V-10 that cost me 150 works just fine in good light. Bump that sensor up just a tad or drop the res to 6-7MP I might be buying this thing.

I continue to wait.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote lattiboy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 July 2008 at 07:20
I got my sister a DMC-FX07 for Christmas and she loves it. It really has some awesome features! OIS and roughly 30 mode settings, some of which are actually useful!

Also, the thing can take a seemingly ENDLESS number of pictures before recharging. It's nuts.....
Sony NEX-7 and a billion old lenses.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote PhotoTraveler Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 July 2008 at 07:39
It does look nice.

I'm waiting for the Nikon P6000 leak to become more firm, looks like a potential Canon G9 killer if the leak holds, and might be the winner over the LX3 for me.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jed Smith Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 July 2008 at 13:54
Hmmm...after looking at the full size jpgs, I can say I am thoroughly disappointed. I wonder if the RAW would be better?
The fine detail is completely obliterated. Why on earth can they not make a current digital body with about 6-8MP only, an ISO 50 mode, and VERY low noise processing?

Jed

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Post Options Post Options   Quote ricardovaste Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 July 2008 at 13:57
Hi Jed!

Was going to message you soon to see how things are going.

But to stick with the topic, can I ask the obvious question...

If you haven't sold off all your Minolta glass, why not just get a Sony DSLR? There are some good sensors they offer at the moment, especially if you are a ISO100 shooter and stop your lens down a lot.

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