January 22nd, 2013, 10:25 AM
Featured Forum Post: 'The Amazing Versatility of the LX7'
Spent the weekend with family in Baltimore. I took the LX7 and EPL5 with the new 17mm f1.8 lens for low light. I did some street shooting with both. I continue to be amazed by the versatility of the LX7. With its various focal lengths (I keep it on step zoom, so its like having 6 prime lenses from 24 to 90 in the bag) and various aspect ratios and its fast lens, I havent' found much I can't do with it. The EPL5 was better in low light, but the LX7 isn't bad at all. And to me, its just a blast to walk around shooting with. Here are a variety from the LX7:
January 22nd, 2013, 10:56 AM
Love those light streaks!
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January 22nd, 2013, 11:15 AM
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January 22nd, 2013, 11:52 AM
Beautiful work Ray. I've always had a soft spot for point and shoot cameras. I think you hit the nail on the head. It's their versatility. What they give up up in image quality they make up for in flexibility and as a creative tool I think that's huge. I would also argue that with cameras like the LX7 (and some of the other higher end compacts point and shoots) are really narrowing the gap in performance and image quality vs. larger sensor cameras.
Love that last one.
January 22nd, 2013, 12:06 PM
They are all good, but the top one knocks my socks off! I am officially sockless.
January 22nd, 2013, 12:41 PM
When you can't beat it, may as well double down and try to use it...
Originally Posted by Gary
January 22nd, 2013, 12:48 PM
I don't think the LX7 is really narrowing the gap that much, at least in terms of sensor, which is only really useable to about 800, maybe 1600 in a real emergency, but I don't often have photographic emergencies! But the rest of the camera is so wonderful, and the f1.4 - 2.3 lens means that ISO 800 will go a looooong way. And the fun factor, which you raised in another post, is just off the charts for me with this camera. The X10/20 and RX100 are pushing the envelope with small cam sensor quality and I expect others to follow, but they're not there yet. But the controls, features, and options of the LX7 just fit me to a "T", so I'm gonna stick with it until and unless Panasonic comes out with an update that incorporates a larger and better sensor. IF they can do it without messing up the fundamental wonderfulness of the current camera.
Originally Posted by dixeyk
Kind of silly that with an X-Pro and m43 options with tons of great glass that I've spent a good chunk of money on, a $300 camera is in many ways my favorite of them all...
January 22nd, 2013, 01:13 PM
Nice shots Ray. Did you do any head-to-head with the E-PL5? It'd be interesting to see the same shot on each camera to better define just what that gap between them looks like.
The LX7 is a bit strange to me. I think a lot of us expected a larger sensor compared to the LX5, at least up to match the X10, or maybe even a one-incher. Panasonic actually delivered a smaller sensor than on the LX5, albeit matched up with a faster lens. I don't doubt the 7 is better than the 5, but given where this market segment is heading it seems to be off-trend.
If the price actually settles at $300 or $350 though it might find a really nice sweet spot, bringing high performance at a reasonable cost.
January 22nd, 2013, 01:45 PM
I'm with you when it comes to fun factor and I too have both m43 and NEX (and a lot of glass) and more and more my X10 makes it's way into my bag because of the sheer enjoyment I get from it.
Originally Posted by Ray
January 22nd, 2013, 02:03 PM
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