Yes, they are very expensive.
I own 6 tripods from different manuf. and half of them are light weights, but gitzo is the only one I take out since I bought it. I used to think gitzo was insanely expensive, have you seen how much FLM are? and they are not nearly as good as gitzo
There is a reason you don't find many used gitzos...
ThatCamFan: 6.3 ? Leica should not put they're name to this.
Leica put its name to a f6.3 a long time ago, probably before you were born
OortCloud: 42mm portrait lens? LOL!
"4/3 is for amateurs."
ok, you be the pro. But my other camera is a 8x10", I must be your god :)
How much a lens distorts depends on its working distance to the subject. So a 42.5mm on 4/3 has the distortion as 85mm on a full 35mm format
kpaddler: "Not built for extended use in cold conditions"
As usual, DP doesn't disappoint with its useless points raised.
The camera lasts in cold weather longer than the people who carry it.
You have difficultly reading english????
Spare batteries solve could solve poor battery problems of *any* camera, but a poor camera is a poor camera no matter how many camera or battery you carry. Unless, you have religious affiliations to one brand or the other.
The point I make is when you buy a small camera with a small battery, then you will have shorter battery life. Different models may last by some small margine longer or shorter, the difference between models are not that big, given bigger differences in features they have. It's not like one lasts all day and the other lasts 1hr. As such, it is a meaningless to point out which one lasts longer by a marginal value. Even bigger cameras in the winter need a backups...
A mediocre camera with a great battery life is still a lousy camera no matter how many spare batteries you carry. But a good camera with a poor battery life is a great option with spare batteries.
"Not built for extended use in cold conditions"
stevez: This cracks me up. We spend our money on light weight carbon fiber tripods and now have to carry an extra 3 pounds to stabilize them.
Don't forget the benefits of low weight of the bag when empty, it leaves you plenty of strength to carry a 3lb jug of water to fill it when it is needed. Now, if they made a jug that was really light when empty and was only $45, I could buy even a lighter tripod and carry more water in that jug. Imagine what good photos I could take...
Generally, I like panny products. But this one is totally useless if you want to use it in condition that claims to be for. I am a WW kayaker, and this TS line of cameras are just garbage in terms of ergonomics. Try to press that tiny video button with a neoprene gloves. I have lost so many chances with ^*(^%$ piece that I'm seriously considering the GoPro. Coming back from trips everyone has something to show, and I have these fuzzy fuggy things that I can't show....
You sure that is not the fitting from under the kitchen sink
Stefan66: I would really like to see a comparioson between the LX100 and the GX7 with the nice 12-35 f2.8 lens because that was the camera I was going for as a walkaround camera before LX100 showed up. I am curious about the lens comparisons, price not taken into account. I know the GX7 / 12-35 f2.8 path is more expensive, what I am curious about is, would it be worth it?Cheers!
@ LaFonte & ChrisLumix
I like Gx7 for its high quality and versatility, and I like LX7 for its size and quality.
Next time if I decide to upgrade LX7, I'll find something that replace the LX7 characteristic, LX100 is too big. And if panasonic does the same thing to GX7, then they lose me as a customer there too. I'm not a dummy that just swings in the air. I understand they aim at the low end consumers, but that market is very very flaky, and will not save the day for any brand.
There are plenty of examples of big Corps. making foolish decisions. Producing too many product lines in one sector has never been in any companies' long term benefit, it is an extremely short sighted strategy.
"...The point of the GX7 is to be small...."
No, the point of Gx7 is to be a mft, and that' what it is. LX100 is muddying the waters, and be small. I have GX7 and LX7 and both have their purpose and cover all the senarios. I don't see myself upgrading to lx100, as good as it may be. The camera manufacturers are shooting themselves in the foot as they have done so many times in decades past
Now you can have a lens for $359 to stop down by 4X to get quality of a $500 lens from a decent manufacturer at f4
Given that this lens doesn't have any electrical contacts, the images that a lens like this produces can NOT be easily corrected for typical aberrations that this class of lens have.
This lens is just going to appeal to speed junkies, and the speed junkies will find out that the images look like &*(% at wide open
To put your mind at peace, for a similar reason I dismissed voigtlander 25/.95 and got panny 25mm. The extra speed was unusable.
Nobody, who knows, takes a picture at f.95 or 1.2 for sharpness. Show me night performance of the lens.
And, there are plenty of very good lenses in that range eg. Nikon 50 1.4/1.2. I use nikon 35/1.4 with awesome results.
So, no, this is just a cheap imitation. Which is fine, a $50 rolex knock off watch has its 2 months worth of show off value.
Jokica: Hydraulic lens, interesting. Is it servo assisted :-)
No, there is a tiny man with a tiny bicycle pump inside the lens that make it all work
Leica makes a good point with this camera, and a daring move. Maybe theiy make a simplified version(not limited production), and for a lower price than the regular one.
I wish I could configure my cameras to my liking and disable all the damn screens and buttons. On every shoot, I have to double check all my settings to make sure something stupid has not changed, even though, I shoot raw, somethings are irreversible after shoot....
iudex: My camera has the possibility to turn the back LCD off. So do I have sort of a Leica now? ;-)
Yes, if you are happy with your photographs
JonB1975: Mmmm.... am I weird in wishing for something like this but with the X100T's hybrid viewfinder???
If it doesn't have the ND filter, then, what is that button on top labeled Filter???