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18 Nov 2012 12:19AM   Views : 3507 Unique : 463

Well, thats now 100 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 Grin

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


Gary66 5 246 England
18 Nov 2012 4:08PM
The agonies of choice. You got there in the end Smile

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SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
18 Nov 2012 5:48PM
Good for you jumping in at the deep end. I'm going through a similar phase. Just got back from a day out and the 60D plus lens and the G11 are weighing my right shoulder down something rotten. Don't know if I'm brave enough to get rid yet though. Enjoy your new stuff. Smile
AlexandraSD 6 759 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2012 10:49PM
Aye Skibby, i had no idea i was so exacting with what i wanted, and i virtually went through all camera's adding a tic or an X to help me decide lol

Chris, i bet you don't take half of your gear out with you either, i know i often leave my 100-300mm zoom at home simply because i very rarely use it anymore, as for my flash guns, no idea where they are now, they have been absent from my bag in months and months, i really dont know where they are now.

And i guess i am jumping in at the deep end, the SLR is such familiar territory for me, it will seem like a step down for me, until i catch sight of that red dot at least, and all that stuff just weighs you down i think, though the Leica lens will cover all 3 of my lenses and more besides. Apparently at the 600mm end you only get to use 3mp, which is fine by me, as perverse as it sounds, i know i will possibly never take an amazing shot at 600mm anyway, certainly not with a view to blowing the image up to mega proportions.
I am thinking about getting a "carry around camera" and like the look of the Fuji X10
AlexandraSD 6 759 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2012 12:22PM
Just been looking at the X10, has a very retro vibe which i love, and the Velvia option, very neat, hmmm, not a fan of Fuji camera's since handling my dads S series bridge camera a few years ago, didnt get my head around it instantly so dismissed the camera as crap without further thought, wrong attitude! Its very attractive at that price, the 28-112mm F2.0-2.8 lens being very nice indeed!
I like the retro look, it reminds me of my early film cameras from way back!, and I also like the "fast" lens.
So are you thinking of getting a X10?, or are you still going to buy the Leica?

AlexandraSD 6 759 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2012 11:56PM
Leica Wink

though, the Leica X1 has more than caught my eye, its such a sexy little thing lol the M rangefinders dont really do it for me, plus their extremely pricey, but their mid-range is looking very tidy, even the D-Lux mdels have their advantages, but i am swayed by the V-Lux 3's long zoom, but as mentioned, i doubt id ever use the lens at max zoom, i seriously cant remember the last time i used my 100-300mm canon zoom, its been redundant since i stopped shooting wildlife, which is close to 4 years now, maybe 5, gawd knows, which is why im now flirting with the leica x1, it has a fixed 24mm lens, which equated to 35mm film cameras is about 36mm, which id say is roughly my sweet spot anyway, judging by my most recent work, wider angles give me vistas which longer lenses dont, the maths are simple really.....

But still getting the V-lux, how i get on with it will be anyones guess, it will feel like learning all over again, camera wise, not photography, i just need to get my head around the advanced nature of bridge camera's, after using the 350D for 7 years it will be a learning curve im sure.

I am getting a Leica purely for the fact that i have always wanted one but thought they were for old people, well im now 14 months away from my 40th, good enough reason to buy now eh Wink

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