Tips for a LX5 newbie?

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2raj
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Tips for a LX5 newbie?
Mar 1, 2012

I just snagged the LX5 at the special deal on Amazon.

This is my 1st post on the Panasonic forum and I am looking for tips on how to best setup the camera for PASM shooting - best resolution to shoot in, NR, Saturation, Contrast, AF settings etc.

I'm a hobby photographer, generally shooting JPEG for the small file size. Mostly take travel, and family pics of the kids.

I've previously used the Nikon 5700, Fuji F40, Canon SD780 and the Fuji HS10.

Bought this camera primarily because I wanted a compact with a big sensor for low-light pics, with manual functions, and better video. This camera will be replacing the SD780, because it's not very good in low-light and does not have optical zoom when shooting video.

Other cameras I was considering were the Canon S95/100, Fuji X10, and Oly XZ-1, but this was too good a deal to pass-up

Look forward to posting some images in this forum when I get the camera, but I would appreciate any tips so I can try them out with the LX5.

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In reply to 2raj, Mar 1, 2012

Congrats on your purchase. It is a great camera indeed!

If you do a search for "Lx5 best settings" on the forum you will get plenty of results to give you an idea of what is best for the camera.

Personal suggestion:

Since you just bought the camera if I were you I would shoot first and see what the camera can do and see the results before I tweak the settings. Once you know the camera and what it can and cannot do, you can apply the tweaks and get the results to your liking.

Don't just go by what others say, have fun playing with the camera, isn't that what this hobby is all about?
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In reply to 2raj, Mar 1, 2012

I forgot to add that with the firmware revision last September to 2.0 some of the settings/tweaks discussed before the upgrade may not be necessary now. So please make sure you know exactly what was changed in the new firmware.
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In reply to AnisJ, Mar 2, 2012

Check this out: http://homepages.ihug.com.au/~parsog/panasonic/01-intro.html

Everything he writes about the 3 are pretty much true for the 5. You are going love this camera. It's been one of my favorites of all time. I shoot raw and use lightroom for post-processing. But jpgs are great too.

Welcome to forum. Looking forward to seeing your photography.

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danielsonkin wrote:

Check this out: http://homepages.ihug.com.au/~parsog/panasonic/01-intro.html

Thanks,

This information states in fact that the sweet spot for the LX3 (and I hope for the LX5) concerning aperture is 3.2 or 3.5. That's good to read! Most advices led to aperture 4. or 4.5.
Gonna try this advice. Thanks again.

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In reply to danielsonkin, Mar 3, 2012

Thanks to all for the advice. I'll check to make sure it's got the latest firmware and check-out the LX3 tips.

BTW: Are there any post firmware 2.0 tips. How do I check which tips are no longer needed?
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danielsonkin wrote:

Check this out: http://homepages.ihug.com.au/~parsog/panasonic/01-intro.html

Everything he writes about the 3 are pretty much true for the 5.

Very informative site, but the trick of looking at the total number of shots, errors, time-out shutdowns, etc. described for the LX3 does not work with my LX5. Maybe because the button functions have been changed.

Has anybody figured out how to get the debug page with the LX5?

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Yeah, I see there were many things different about the LX5 compared to the LX3. Still getting used to the menus on the LX5.
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Welcome to the "LX5 addicts club" Raj .. among the tips already received, I would suggest protecting the camera's display with a protective film and avoid the disturbing scratches.. looking forward to see some of your work, you certainly made a wise decision by choosing LX5 ..

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in_focus wrote:

Welcome to the "LX5 addicts club" Raj .. among the tips already received, I would suggest protecting the camera's display with a protective film and avoid the disturbing scratches.. looking forward to see some of your work, you certainly made a wise decision by choosing LX5 ..

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Very wise words Bruno, i put a glass protector on mine the moment i unboxed it.
You can never be too careful

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In reply to 2raj, Mar 6, 2012

Don't forget the custom mode. C1-C4
It is very powerful.
You can save auto bracketing (ev), film mode, flash power, etc.

The way I use custom mode.
C1 auto bracketing +-1/3 ev
C2 multi film mode dyn b/w, std b/w & smooth b/w
C3 multi film mode dyn, std & smooth
C4 open

With just a few dail turns and clicks, you can take multi pics with different color & tones, very useful.

I also have Panasonic G3, the custom mode is not even close to LX5. It does not save auto bracketing, no multi film mode... Bad...

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In reply to in_focus, Mar 6, 2012

Hi Bruno,

Are you referring to the LCD screen or are you talking about a lens protector?

Thanks,
raj...

in_focus wrote:

Welcome to the "LX5 addicts club" Raj .. among the tips already received, I would suggest protecting the camera's display with a protective film and avoid the disturbing scratches.. looking forward to see some of your work, you certainly made a wise decision by choosing LX5 ..

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ken_nith wrote:

Don't forget the custom mode. C1-C4
It is very powerful.
You can save auto bracketing (ev), film mode, flash power, etc.

The way I use custom mode.
C1 auto bracketing +-1/3 ev
C2 multi film mode dyn b/w, std b/w & smooth b/w
C3 multi film mode dyn, std & smooth
C4 open

With just a few dail turns and clicks, you can take multi pics with different color & tones, very useful.

I also have Panasonic G3, the custom mode is not even close to LX5. It does not save auto bracketing, no multi film mode... Bad...

Great tips. Thanks!
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aeneon wrote:

in_focus wrote:

Welcome to the "LX5 addicts club" Raj .. among the tips already received, I would suggest protecting the camera's display with a protective film and avoid the disturbing scratches.. looking forward to see some of your work, you certainly made a wise decision by choosing LX5 ..

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Very wise words Bruno, i put a glass protector on mine the moment i unboxed it.
You can never be too careful

Do you have a link to the type of protector you used?

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Hi Raj

This is just personal preference but I like using a wrist strap with my LX5.

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2raj wrote:

Do you have a link to the type of protector you used?

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Sure its a GGS DLUX 4/ LX3/5 Protector . Fits the LX5 perfectly.

Link is from UK though.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/GGS-Screen-Protector-Panasonic-D-LUX4/dp/B004VC7UTC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1331054982&sr=8-2

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2raj wrote:

Do you have a link to the type of protector you used?

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Sure its a GGS DLUX 4/ LX3/5 Protector . Fits the LX5 perfectly.

Link is from UK though.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/GGS-Screen-Protector-Panasonic-D-LUX4/dp/B004VC7UTC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1331054982&sr=8-2

Thanks. Does it have an adhesive backing to stick on the LCD?
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Hi Raj

This is just personal preference but I like using a wrist strap with my LX5.

Rick

Yeah, I've been looking for a good one. Too bad they don't include one with the camera. I'd much rather use a wrist strap with a P&S camera than a neck strap.

Can you recommend a good one?

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2raj wrote:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/GGS-Screen-Protector-Panasonic-D-LUX4/dp/B004VC7UTC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1331054982&sr=8-2

Thanks. Does it have an adhesive backing to stick on the LCD?
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Yes it does have the adhesive backing that is on the edges of the protector. The protector is removable also and can be reattached if needed. I also have the exact same one which I got from Amazon in US. Unfortunately it is not available at this time.

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2raj wrote:

Yeah, I've been looking for a good one. Too bad they don't include one with the camera. I'd much rather use a wrist strap with a P&S camera than a neck strap.

Can you recommend a good one?

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Here is one which is very popular with Amazon customers and it is rated highly too.

http://www.amazon.com/OP-TECH-USA-6701062-Neoprene/dp/B00137NMMW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1331102779&sr=8-3

I bought the brown leatherette (artificial leather) case which came with a wrist strap. The case looks really good and is very well made so it should last a long time.

http://www.amazon.com/Leather-Panasonic-Lumix-LX5-Camera/dp/B0049PP02K/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1331103365&sr=1-3

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