kwa_photo

kwa_photo

Lives in United States Northern Front Range, CO, United States
Has a website at http://www.kwaphoto.com
Joined on Apr 20, 2008

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vroger1: With regards to the Leica Typ109- I don't think Leica will even try to show some "improvement" on the Pana. model (it's that good). You will pay the extra solely for the red dot- and the Lightroom.

What you get with the Typ 109 that differs, value is a matter of personal taste and needs:
- different styling, loss of integrated small grip. A much cleaner look.
- access to the Leica grip accessory which is larger than the LX100's stock grip
- 3 year Leica warranty
- LR5 if that matters to you
- different jpg processing if you do shoot jpg (personal taste as to rendering)
- DNG open RAW file format with Leica vs. Panny (I think it's RW2 and proprietary).
- the added cost of the Leica
- decreased cost of the Panny and accessories
- the Red dot in exchange for losing all of the other printed stuff cluttering the Panny body...again, a matter of personal choice.

Either way, it looks like a nice camera :-)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 20:27 UTC
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twadger: I'm looking forward to seeing the reviews for this camera, I don't much like it in silver though, it looks cheap.

Yes, the silver looks pretty ugly. Strange, I love it on Fuji's and Leica's cameras. The black looks so much better with the LX100. Part of it may be how the lens is silver on the outside but when it extends it's black, that just looks horrible.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 17:08 UTC
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Len_Gee: Why did they leave touch screen and built in flash off this camera?

pop up flash takes room. But a front plate flash, such as on the Fuji X100, would have worked IMO. Touch? No idea why not. Not a space or processing issue to deal with. Odd, but it doesn't matter to me.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 17:04 UTC
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jhinkey: Nice interview and I like the sales rep - seemed down to earth.

No touch screen - that's OK with me as I've turned it off on every camera I have that has one - too many times it's become more of a hindrance than a help for what I do.

No built-iin flash - this is perhaps the most troublesome missing feature for me as for a compact travel camera a built-in flash certainly comes in handy. But I must admit that having a fast lens and OIS will certainly help in this regard.

No swivel EVF - I use it occasionally on my GX-7, but it's not something I'd miss terribly

No tilting LCD - I think this is particularly problematic for me as I use this a lot on my GX-7 and A7R.

The LX100 would be a no-brainer for me if it had the swivel screen (and perhaps built-in flash) as it would replace my GX-7 + 12-35/2.8 for my general compact video rig.

I would have like to have seen them build in a flash, like the Fuji X100, into the front face plate of the body as a fill flash. It doesn't take up a lot of room, doesn't need to pop-up and should have been easily implemented. maybe in MII?

Swivel screen...why omit that? Even just a tilt would have been welcomed. I could care less about touch as well.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 17:02 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: This camera is so good it is even worth Leica prices. If Panasonic charged Leica prices for the LX100 people would still buy it. Just wait till all of the LX100s sell out instantly. The Leica option will start to become more appealing instead of a 3 month wait for the back ordered LX100s.

Unless a camera is sold in big box stores at discounted prices (ex. Best Buy, Walmart, etc.) the general public won't even know it exists. That's why almost all of the cameras you see around are entry level Nikon & Canon DSLR's. Pretty much anyone else shooting something other than that (outside of tiny p&s or a phone) is at least a minimal enthusiast and has researched and purchased online. This is just my observation.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 05:38 UTC
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jamie wednesday: Hand grip is quite smart. US $160. (£55 on UK price list..!)

Thanks! Okay, that is a nice grip, nicer than I expected for a compact.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 23:20 UTC
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jamie wednesday: Hand grip is quite smart. US $160. (£55 on UK price list..!)

have you been able to find an image of the grip anywhere online????

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 18:38 UTC
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Gesture: Note to Leica:

1-Stop calling every camera in your lineup D-Lux, with some Type #. Confusing.

2-Nothing wrong with a rebadged camera like this. I think the Leica warranty and service support is worth a premium. But, when appropriate, call the model CO-DEVELOPED WITH PANASONIC.

They should just call it the Leica D for the name of the line of cameras. The "Lux" just sounds dumb to me. Call it the Leica D Type 109 and I think it would be better.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 18:38 UTC
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peevee1: Does it have a Leica hot shoe or Panasonic/Olympus hot shoe?

I'm pretty sure it's the exact same shoe as Panasonic.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 18:37 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: This camera is so good it is even worth Leica prices. If Panasonic charged Leica prices for the LX100 people would still buy it. Just wait till all of the LX100s sell out instantly. The Leica option will start to become more appealing instead of a 3 month wait for the back ordered LX100s.

Frankly, I was surprised at the LX100 price of $899 USD. I currently shoot with a Fuji X100 and X100s. Both originally priced at $1199 and $1299. I figured with a 4/3 sensor, the fast glass with zoom, 4k video, etc. and all in a package similar in styling to the Fuji X100 line, I expected a price between $1095 - $1295. So Leica's price for the Typ 109 is right what I had expected and Panny undercut it. Interesting.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 18:36 UTC

They now have their version of the FZ1000 too, the D-Lux, it's on their website now. B&H has pre-orders for it too. FZ1000 $895 USD, D-Lux $1350?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 22:30 UTC as 55th comment | 1 reply

Hmmm....the rebranding continues. At least the rebranding isn't as crazy as what Hassy does :-) This one does have a nice overall look to it. Ergonomically, the LX100 looks nicer. Is it worth the premium? Who knows.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 20:26 UTC as 63rd comment | 2 replies
On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (574 comments in total)

A nice update that won't leave many X100s users feeling the "need" to upgrade. However, it may do that for the X100 users or others coming to the system. I sure don't like having a 1 year old camera and feeling its terribly outdated by the new model.

I do like evolutionary changes vs. revolutionary on an annual basis. Once and a while though, the revolution is needed :-) I'm the same with my phones...I have an iPhone 5s and see no need to go the 6 or 6 plus, same thing. No need to be on an upgrade treadmill, just upgrade when you really "need" to do so. I tend to skip at least on generation of cameras before an upgrade. My Nov 2011 X100 was finally upgraded in April 2014 more due to "time" that version skipping.

Good job Fuji. We all know video isn't their strength, I'd like it to improve, but we all KNOW this going into the camera, so it is what it is. As a whole, this looks to be another great Fuji :-)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 15:07 UTC as 87th comment | 1 reply
On Sony adds XAVC S support to Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 article (88 comments in total)
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kwa_photo: Wow....you know what has frozen over! A FW update from Sony!!! Yippee!!! Why just Windows so far??? I'd venture to say that almost 70%+ photographers I know use Mac and not Windows. Strange choice.

I just haven't seen one for RX10 or other Sony's I've personally had in the past.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2014 at 02:01 UTC
On Sony adds XAVC S support to Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 article (88 comments in total)

Wow....you know what has frozen over! A FW update from Sony!!! Yippee!!! Why just Windows so far??? I'd venture to say that almost 70%+ photographers I know use Mac and not Windows. Strange choice.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2014 at 01:40 UTC as 20th comment | 9 replies
On Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap to end of 2015 article (171 comments in total)
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photogeek: Too bad most of their lenses have noisy, slow motors and are worthless for fast moving subjects. FWIW, I ended up going with MFT after trying both X-T1 and E-M1 side by side. E-M1 is just much better made and all their lenses (at least all I have tried) have ultrasonic motors. The only real flaw that I could see in Oly lineup is their 17mm f/1.8 lens, which, while not that bad in absolute terms, is not that good either, and worse than their f/2.8 zoom.

Yes, they are bigger and heavier due to the larger sensor, just as FF glass is bigger and heavier than Fuji. This is an advantage in size for m4/3

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 07:07 UTC
On Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap to end of 2015 article (171 comments in total)
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straylightrun: Come on Sony, get your **** together!

Yes. I seriously considered Sony for a long time before coming to Fuji X. The lack of lenses (and the lack of quality lenses in the lineup at the time) was a main factor in not choosing Sony. Fuji has done it right with a new system with lenses to support it. Way to go Fuji :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 06:38 UTC
On Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap to end of 2015 article (171 comments in total)
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photogeek: Too bad most of their lenses have noisy, slow motors and are worthless for fast moving subjects. FWIW, I ended up going with MFT after trying both X-T1 and E-M1 side by side. E-M1 is just much better made and all their lenses (at least all I have tried) have ultrasonic motors. The only real flaw that I could see in Oly lineup is their 17mm f/1.8 lens, which, while not that bad in absolute terms, is not that good either, and worse than their f/2.8 zoom.

I feel the lens quality, IQ, etc. will beat m4/3; however, if focus speed is a priority, the E-M1 is a fantastic option. I like them both :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 06:37 UTC
On Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap to end of 2015 article (171 comments in total)
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kwa_photo: I do love how Fuji is about as open and transparent as they can be to help their users make informed decisions. It enhances loyalty to the brand IMO.

I wouldn't buy into those rumors too much at all until it happens. I see no reason for Fuji to go FF. If they do anything, they should do a MF like their classics. No need for FF with their APS-C, skip it IMO.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 06:36 UTC
On Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap to end of 2015 article (171 comments in total)

I do love how Fuji is about as open and transparent as they can be to help their users make informed decisions. It enhances loyalty to the brand IMO.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 05:03 UTC as 36th comment | 9 replies
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