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Well, thats now Ł100 paid deposit on my next camera, the Leica V-Lux 3.
Why this model? Surely there are others which are cheaper with similar specs? Yes!
I have wanted a new camera for months, absolute months. Typically i was going to go down the traditional SLR route, but then i had a change of heart. I looked at all my Canon lenses and their crap!
I briefly looked at Nikons, not impressed. No other DSLR really interested me, ok, the 600D is a good camera which has come down in price, but i would still have the same lenses unless i shelled out loads for high quality optics.
So i thought this was a good time to streamline my photographical equipment, get it down to the bare minimum.
The Lumix range was high on my list, not the G series, but the bridge models. But Something was niggling me about them, maybe its the Panasonic label itself, i associate them with TV's and Hi-Fi, not really with camera's.
Then the Leica caught my eye. Its specifications are impressive, and it seems to be a fabulous little camera, with a fantastic lens attached, 25-600mm at the 35mm equivalent, and it shoots 1080p HD, which a year ago i would have frowned upon, but not now, in fact i think HD on camera's now is a good thing, a very good thing, others may not agree.
After 2 weeks of weighing up various options, with other V-Lux models, and the D-Lux models, i decided today that the V-Lux 3 seemed best suited for my needs, so i rang ol' matey up and asked if i could pay a deposit on it, yes i could, done, sorted
I will be liberating not to worry about lenses all the time, and that big lowepro backpack can also go, yes, im selling my Practical Photography branded Lowepro. To be replaced with a snug Billingham, obviously!
My 350D surely cant have much more life left in it, which is the main reason for wanting to upgrade. It already has a minor fault, nothing that removing and replacing the battery cant fix, but it may decide not to turn on at all after one of these episodes, and i would rather not be without a camera again, you know how bad i got last time, grumpy? Hell yeah lol