Florianiplatz, Bad Reichenhall
Interesting composition, subtle colors, raises questions… Good one!
Well, hmm, Juha, your example was so encouraging that I bought a LX-3! Coming from a DSLR, of course it feels strange in the first minutes, but I learned quickly to enjoy the new degrees of freedom that come from framing with the display, superb macro etc. What I have to learn are snapshot techniques, here I failed miserably. Image quality looks good (I do raw), but I want to see some prints in order to see how much can be requested from that tiny machine. Observing my recent picturing behaviour, I learned that the majority of successful images was created at the wider end of my lens lineup. So I saw no compelling reason to get the LX-5 for a 50% higher price.
Congratulations! I didn’t realize they are still selling the LX3. For a while I thought of buying a spare, but maybe not; I have been recently gravitating towards the tele end. In any case, I haven’t found much to dislike about the LX3.
There are differences in seeing for sure between a DSLR and a compact.
Once in a while I try out a more conscious approach, limiting to only a few photographs what I take on a walk etc. But I have found out that it doesn’t really work for me. I have to get in to the flow of taking photographs, and take quite a few until I start to get anything worth saving.
The price for the LX3 now is way down from was it was, the gap to the LX5 in fact tends more towards 70%, not 50 as I had written. For me this camera makes much sense because of its unsuspicious exterior, so you can easily mix with the crowd without signalising “I am a photographer”. And the fact that it allows framing 1:1 images without mentally cropping is also an advantage. As the image quality seems to be really good – on the screen at least, I haven’t yet seen prints – it can make up for the perfect companion when wanting to travel light.
I checked the best LX3 and LX5 prices here in Finland, and for some reason the premium is not great – 336 euro vs. 409 euro. A bit surprising really. But when you factor in the price of the batteries (with the LX3 one can use cheap third-party batteries), the difference is a bit higher.
Juha, I got mine for 254,- including postage and the standard 2 years warranty, which was one of the reasons to not hesitate any longer. A second battery I’ve ordered already, I didn’t get more than 250 raw images from one battery load.
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