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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 3:24 am 
BTW, the only useful images I've gotten at 24mm are macros, due to the loss of magnification beyond 24mm. And at 24mm with macro, the focus holds only for part of the image, due to the closeness. Better than nothing, but still not so good.


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 Post subject: Re: Wide angle
PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 3:29 am 
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dalethorn wrote:
How handy is a wide angle lens? Depends on what you shoot. I have no problem with wide angle on an appropriate camera, but on the LX3 it's like lipstick on a pig, to borrow a phrase. I carry the LX3 and TZ5, and most shots are with the TZ5 since the 60mm LX3 can't reach far. Sadly, when shooting in a familiar area (90 pct. of the time), it's the TZ5 all the time, since the new opportunities that arise are non-landscape and require zoom, i.e. the landscapes, bad as they are, are done to death in the first month, and what's left are the spontaneous, which nearly always require a zoom. Look at my images on the LL forum, shot at about 40-60mm zoom, and imagine them with 24mm, i.e. smaller details and much more pixel smear per object in the image. Not pretty.

Dale, do I recall correctly that you also have an FZ50? I realize that's a very different kind of camera than either the TZ5 or LX3, but I would be interested in your general impressions of how they all compare.

By the way, I read your comments about the new G1 (and Micro 4/3 in general), and I agreed completely with your views on the mechanics and optics of SLRs being antiquated and unnecessary in the digital age. The SLR was a clever idea in its time, but its time has now passed. I think EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder, Interchangeable Lenses) is good! :)

Fred

P.S. Do you have any pictures of pigs wearing lipstick? :)

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 4:36 am 
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I've just published my full review of the LX3 here:

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Panas ... x_DMC_LX3/

I've created a new thread for it here, so please post any comments concerning the review there. Thanks!

Gordon


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 Post subject: Re: Wide angle
PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 12:48 pm 
fwchapman wrote:
Dale, do I recall correctly that you also have an FZ50? I realize that's a very different kind of camera than either the TZ5 or LX3, but I would be interested in your general impressions of how they all compare. Fred
P.S. Do you have any pictures of pigs wearing lipstick? :)

No pig pics. The TZ5 and LX3 have about the same image quality in most shots, so with the 280mm zoom, the TZ5 trounces the LX3 as a general-purpose camera. The FZ50 is about the same in quality, but has a 420mm zoom and is very large, so that's obvious as a tradeoff. I'll add comments about the review in the link from the review.


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