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Leica Digilux 2 with Mk II

Discussion in 'Film Camera Forum' started by BillN, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    Does anyone still have and use the Leica Digilux 2 with Mk II Sensor

    What do you think

    5mp camera from 2004/2005
     
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  2. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Yes. It is superb. A great travel and portraiture machine. Excellent optics and ergonomics. They change hands at a premium. Mine is going nowhere :cool:

    Sent from another Galaxy
     
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  3. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    Thanks Bill

    there is one for sale at £400, in good nick with box etc.,

    I'm thinking about it as I have not really found an SC that I "really like" - (apart from the Canon S95)
     
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  4. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    I'd say go for it. If you sell on in a few months you are likely to be broadly cash neutral. I bought mine last year (I had an LC-1 originally, from new - they are identical on the inside, but I preferred the all-black finish and the slightly larger grip).

    Have a look at Thorsten Overgaard's Digilux 2 pages, a great resource.

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  5. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    ...as for the level of detail you can expect from that tiny 5mp sensor...

    29804561.14a85a34.1024. Poseur par Lightmancer, on ipernity

    A couple of caveats... It can't take SDHC cards, you are restricted to SD, and 2GB cards at most. In practice this is not an issue... The jpg engine is really good - raw is not necessary. The buffer is quite small, so no high speed sequences. It is a considered camera in use, but all the more pleasurable for that.

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  6. jamiewednesday

    jamiewednesday New to SC

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  7. rbelyell

    rbelyell SC Top Veteran

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    May 14, 2013
    NY Mtns
    this camera has many fans, and i used one years ago to good result. however, you should also be aware that evf technology has come a very long way. i personally, even then, found the evf generally a little dark, glitchy and very laggy. and in poor light i found it exceedingly frustrating. many dont care about this, but my personal preference is to know as much as i can, good and not so good, before i purchase so im not disappointed.
     
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  8. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    It sold within 3 hours of being posted on the Forum - (not to me)

    My wife is pleased as it has saved (us) some money
     
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  9. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Mark
    They still command a pretty penny here in Australia too. You can find them for $500 if you are lucky. I've come THIS close to buying a DL2 on three occasions now. Still regret not doing so every single time….and being bereft of one today.

    Another thing to note in the 'quirks' column - beyond the EVF and SD card restriction - is that its ISO is only usable to 400...and that's stretching it! But ISO100 is superb….sort of sounds like the Foveon DPxMs don't it?
     
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  10. Fiddler

    Fiddler SC Veteran

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    Dec 5, 2010
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Colin
    Great photo of an incredibly beautiful kitteh.
     
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  11. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Mark
    Is that the technical word for bokeh caused behind a kitten? :wink:
     
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  12. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    I certainly think that this camera is worth getting if you can find one in good nick, (that's condition to us Brits!)
     
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  13. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Mark
    …and us Aussies :thumbup:
     
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  14. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I remember discussing over the phone with a British record dealer the condition of a rare LP I wanted to purchase. He said it was in pretty good nick and I said that I didn't want a nicked up record.....I wanted a clean one. He laughed.
     
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  15. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Mark
    Oh you Americans, you're so quaint. :laugh1:
     
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  16. Will

    Will SC All-Pro

    Aug 30, 2010
    England
    Does anyone still use the Panasonic DMC-LC1? There is one on ebay with the biding currently at £150
     
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  17. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    It's the same camera, same lens, same sensor and same firmware - only it's black, and it has a better built-in grip. Bit of a bargain if you ask me. My "first" was an LC-1
     
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  18. rbelyell

    rbelyell SC Top Veteran

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    May 14, 2013
    NY Mtns
    many consider the rendering different than the leica which supposedly had 'software tweaks'.
     
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  19. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Indeed. However this has never been conclusively proven. I can look at images taken with my old LC-1 and my "new" D2 and I cannot discern a difference. There will always be such speculation. However there is today, only one proven difference apart from the ones I have listed - the D2 has held its price better over the years.
     
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  20. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Mark
    I notice that, strategically, the OP asked about the DL2 w/- MkII sensor. Does anyone know if Leica is still honouring the sensor upgrade? Just wondering in the event that a seller isn't sure if theirs has been replaced.