Used Leica (Typ 109)

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Used Leica (Typ 109)
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I bought the original version of the Sony RX100 when it first came out. I was thinking of trading up to a version IV or V for the faster lens at the long end for portraits as well as the EVF, but was put off by the idea of the Sony pop-up finder and continuing with small fiddly controls. So, I decided on a used Typ 109 to use in situations where I don't need something quite so portable. I mainly use Olympus MFT cameras and have had such good results with DxO Deep Prime Noise reduction at high ISO, that I anticipated similar results, even with the slight crop used for the different aspect ratios.

The controls on the Leica are great, but there were two things I don't like.

#1 - The smooth metal finish is really slippery, just like the Sony. I considered buying an LX100 grip as a replacement part, but then I tried cutting some adhesive backed camera leatherette I use to restore older film cameras. Makes a big difference and I can live with the appearance.

#2 - The lens is much softer than I anticipated at 10.9mm and f1.7. Images at 34mm wide open at f2.8 are OK. So, in low light situations, I set the aperture to 2.8 and the lens behaves like a constant aperture zoom. The one and a third stop at the wide end makes a significant difference and by f4.0 the sensor resolution becomes the limiting factor, not the lens.

I'm very happy with the purchase and look forward to getting a lot of use out of the camera.

Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)
13 megapixels • 3 screen • 24 – 75 mm (3.1×)
Announced: Sep 15, 2014
RVSarch's score
4.5
Average community score
4.5
bad for good for
Kids / pets
great
Action / sports
weak
Landscapes / scenery
good
Portraits
great
Low light (without flash)
great
Flash photography (social)
unrated
Studio / still life
unrated
= community average
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