New to Serious Compacts

Discussion in 'Welcomes and Introductions' started by Lawrence A., Nov 8, 2012.

  1. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. SC All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Hi, my name is Larry and I've been active at mu-43 for some months, under the same name, Lawrence A., that I use here. Having just reacquired the XZ-1 at the dirt cheap Amazon $199, I figured I'd join. While most of my photographing is with my E-M5 and various film cameras, I like having a "take anywhere" option for those times I just do not want to carry any case, even a small one. Thus the XZ-1, which I shoot raw, converting to 16 bit tiffs in lightroom before any other conversions. If I need a jpeg, I take it from the tiff. For film the wonderful old Olympus XA accomplishes the same purpose.

    The reason I got rid of my first XZ-1 is that I did not like the jpegs and did not trust Olympus Studio to get me the files I wanted. I was going to take a trip, so opted for another m4/3 body, which I financed with the sale of the compact. Now that I am using Lightroom 4 regularly, I went back and revisited some of the old files from my original XZ-1, and developing the raw files in that program. A much better result with a real, full service raw developer. I like what I see, and for many purposes the files from this camera will do just fine.

    I've been hanging around these pages since Amin included a link to Serious Compacts at the top of I knew I wanted another high grade point and shoot, and have been researching some options both here and other places around the net. The RX100 interested me, but I really find I need an eye-level finder, and I already have the VF2 EVF for my EP-2, so the XZ-1 was a natural option. The Fuji X10 was very interesting to me. Finally, a lay-off notice and Amazon's price for the XZ-1 settled me on that camera. I'm pleased.

    I look forward to "meeting" some of you and exchanging ideas and pictures. I'm sure your newer toys will give me awful GAS, but I'm safe from acting out on it until I am once again gainfully employed.

    I love the older D-lux 4, and defintely plan on replacing the one I sold to buy my E-P2. With all its limitations, like the limited zoom range, I still just love that camera.
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  2. thekeddi

    thekeddi SC Top Veteran

    Aug 15, 2011
    South Australia
    Welcome!! Nice to meet a new member :)

    Don't worry we all have GAS here! hehehehehe
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  3. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Welcome Lawrence..... buying a new camera after getting laid off signals a should fit right in.
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  4. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. SC All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    I plead guilty
  5. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    Hello and welcome Larry.
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  6. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    Hey Lawrence A, welcome to SC. Your µ4/3 cameras and images are considered serious and compact here, so feel free to post these images as well.

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  7. pictogramax

    pictogramax SC Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Aug 18, 2011
    Belgrade, Serbia
    Hello, Lawrence, and welcome!
    Too bad that Amazon deal for XZ1 is valid for USA only:-( Can you sooth my grief by posting some of your XZ1 images?:)
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  8. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. SC All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    It's a deal!
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  9. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Welcome Larry!!!
    Love the XZ-1!!
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  10. HeatherTheVet

    HeatherTheVet SC All-Pro

    Apr 23, 2011
    Hi Larry, welcome to the motley crew. Looking forward to seeing what you are doing with your serious compact, get you r photos up so we can see the world through your eyes
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  11. KianO

    KianO SC Top Veteran

    Jun 27, 2012
    Love(d) the xz1-1, yet another one I've separated from with regret! Welcome to the forum :).
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  12. Welcome, Larry! I love my XZ-1, still, and will not upgrade to the XZ-2. Can't see a need. For a go anywhere, anytime, with a little zoom, its wonderful :)
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  13. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    Larry, I'm so glad you made the trip from "across the hall". :drinks:
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