Leica V-Lux1 first impressions

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For no more than the cost of a lens for our favorite house brand, you can produce images like this handheld with on board flash. I warn you, it's pretty striking results. The first thing that stood out when I took the lens cap off the Leica glass, was the pristine clarity of the outer element. It just had a look of purity that seemed a bit uncharacteristic of glass elements. I guess it was for good reason it seemed that way.

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To see the 100% crops with NO sharpening at all, go here: (Only the chiuaua dog images)

http://www.fotogafer.com/gallery/2812184#153388750

10.2 mpx, with 3 aspect ratios, shoots raw, Leica's (panasonic) version of VR, viewfinder with a twist. Unfortunately it is not a prism driven finder like a DSLR has. It's more like a video image in the viewfinder. It's sort of strange to adjust to, and does make focusing a bit easier with the 2" rear LCD which is active if open, can also be opened flat.

But those images, wow, such detail and expression!

Doug
 
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wow looks sharp and the colors look very rich. i like!
 
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Thanks Allen, I was shocked and amazed when I first put the handheld flash shot in macro mode under the microscope so to speak. Detail upon detail. I don't really need the camera, in fact, I had someone wanting me to sell it, but still not sure I can do that. I feel that the V-Lux1 will backfill some shots into my library that I wouldn't make otherwise.

It's a special camera, rivaling the power of a DSLR, but in a slightly simpler package. The lens focuses and zooms just like a SLR lens.

I have taken others since the pup shot that also impressed me.

Without any filters, (next time, I will polarize) I didn't have the right adapters until now...

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I also invested in a universal RRS arca swiss plate for it.

here's another nice one in macro handheld.

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