X-10 or Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 ?

Started Jul 28, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Depends on . . .
In reply to LMNCT, Aug 1, 2012

Ii have the add-on viewfinder for my LX-5 as well. It is inconvenient -- would be better if there were a locking mechanism to hold it in the shoe, and one to keep it from tilting upward. The LX-7 is the result of Leicasonic looking at the market and either making the wrong appraisal or hoping to create a niche: no built-in finder, a smaller sensor (and the laws of physics tells us there's no way around that being an issue), no real improvement over the LX-5 except for throwing in a one-stop speed increase, which is nice but Summicrons have always been somewhere between sharper and much, much sharper than Summiluxen. The LX-5 is an excellent camera at, now, an excellent price. The justification for the X10 are its viewfinder and zoom ring, neither of which is perfect but both of which are huge steps in the right direction, I think. The way that is best and most convenient for cameras to work evolved nicely over 75 years or so of film shooting; the fact that digital cameras do not use film but record to little cards instead says nothing useful about ergonomics.
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