Leica V-Lux 20 review

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  1. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

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    Leica V-Lux 20: is it serious enough, has anyone tried one, bought one...?

    In my travels I found Steve Huff's review of this camera here The Leica V-Lux 20 Camera Review | STEVE HUFF PHOTOS while I was initially reading his comparison of the Leica X1 review, and wondered if any of you knew much about this camera?

    I know it only shoots jpeg. Does this mean it's not "serious"? It doesn't mean that to me, if the jpegs are good enough. I realize that this could be considered heresy by some, but I'm asking it anyway and will look forward to any and all feedback about this camera.

    On the other hand, perhaps a nice used Leica D-Lux 4 would be even better?
     
  2. Herman

    Herman The Image Stimulator S.C. Charter Member

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  3. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member Subscribing Member

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    I think with Leica they have investment value above their price point.
     
  4. pictor

    pictor SC All-Pro S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 14, 2010
    Sorry to say this, but in my opinion it is not OK to post encoded links without any further remarks such that one cannot know which actual site hides behind the link. This is typical for spammers and should not be done by someone with good intentions. Herman, I am very sure that you have only the best intentions when you post links to these fine reviews, but please stop this bad habit and write some words or cite some short passages or at least post the real links.
     
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  5. BBW

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    I'm sure Herman did have the best of intentions, pictor, but I do understand your concerns. Herman's unmarked link is from The Gadget Website also known as T3.com: Leica V-Lux 20 review review | T3.com and gives us a link to a mini review (my terms) by Rachael D'Cruze written on July, 23, 2010. Here's a bit from the beginning:
    I've been doing some reading about this camera myself, and for the most part have tended to find either short reviews, rather like preliminary reviews, or comments on different discussion forums. Interestingly, people who actually have the camera seem to like what it offers them as a small, handy camera while knowing they're not getting RAW, they seem pretty happy with the camera's versatility. Naturally, this is all anecdotal.

    Steve Huff, the photographer some seem to either love or love to hate - with a few of us somewhere in the middle - did take the time to write a review on June 16th and it can be found on his website here: The Leica V-Lux 20 Camera Review | STEVE HUFF PHOTOS
    If anyone is remotely interested in this camera, I think the rest of his review is worth reading. Spoiler alert: he's not in love with it, however he does seem to like it and does draw some comparisons. Happy reading.:smile:

    P.S. As you can see I've merged two threads into one, thus now Herman's review post is second, though the thread retains his title.
     
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  6. Boyzo

    Boyzo SC Veteran S.C. Charter Member

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    I agree with BB besides Herman adds a nice Dutch flavor to the forum :wink:
     
  7. Boyzo

    Boyzo SC Veteran S.C. Charter Member

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    BB before you commit to the Red Dot !!!

    Have a look here (link in PM)

    Not seen objective evidence that the Leica badged version is better

    The LX3/D-lux 4 are both gems even with 60mm max zoom .. the f2 sharp lens is the secret so also 24mm the f2 is really useful on occasion's

    The V-Lux 20 has that 300mm zoom of course .. hard choice get both :wink:

    Pre-used and for the right price the Leica is cool .. whereas new I dont think they are good value most people have Edit software and firmware tweak is just Leica flavor as for Warranty Panasonic versions are very reliable cameras anyways


    My money is on new Panasonic or bargain priced pre-owned Leica :smile:
     
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  8. Herman

    Herman The Image Stimulator S.C. Charter Member

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    Pictor is right, just by clicking on a link one doesn't know where he / she is kicked too. I did not realize that, cause I shorten at twitter all URL's.
     
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  9. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

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    Herman,
    Your a stand up guy!
    Don
     
  10. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

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    Yep, you are Herman!

    With the way the Internet access points are evolving, it's hard to keep track of which mode of communication one's on, I'd think. For me, it's not too hard since I'm a luddite of sorts with no smart phone. Always good to learn the appropriate etiquette...when in Rome and all that.:drinks:
     
  11. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator Moderator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Herman is fantastic, and pictor makes a good point which I can see was well received :thumbup:.
     
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