Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by lucien|1, Feb 24, 2002.
The new Digilux 1 is here
Looks interesting. But my google translation didn't give me much info
(I don't think there was much anyway) so I'll be interested to see
what else we all hear.
Doesn't it look like a Cannon G1/G2.
Probably has the same lens as well. It's also a 7-21mm F2.0 - 2.5 on
Even the general layout shows more than a passing resemblance - notice
the view-finder, shutter botton, zoom lever etc. just to name a few.
NO, it was designed by Leica and made by Panasonic.
not that it matters, but that is clearly one of the ugliest cameras I
What are the specs? Price? I would be interested to see how it
feels in the hand. I can't stand the feel of most digital cameras,
they feel so plasticy (is that a word?), and flimsy. I have been
searching for a digital camera just to use as a point and shoot. But
untill i find something that does not feel like a cheap hunk of
plastic with bad ergonomics, I will stick with my Yashica T4, at
least that plasticy flimsy feeling camera has the resolving power of
more than a few mpxls. Hopefully a local dealer will have it on
This doesn't look like a serious threat to the Canon D60 or Nikon
D100, though it's probably a little cheaper (bet this puppy is
around $800, thus, indeed, making it similar to the Canon G2).
For those of us with R lenses and a photography business, a
six megapixel SLR body would have been far more attractive.
Right now the most exciting thing I've heard about from PMA is
the Canon D60.
C'mon Leica, join us in the 21st century.
I think the design of this camera is superb. It looks like a
maserati to me - ugly-beautiful -joli-laid. The sample pictures are
of a very high quality indeed for a digital camera. I'm really
Here is the first Digilux 1 report
it's looking better. I like the front view, but something is odd
about the view from the back.
Argus and Leica have formed a joint venture. This is the "brick"
While this camera lacks M-ness, I like it very much. Finally,
intelligent controls on a digital camera. Finally, a digital camera
that does not look "plasticy" and brittle.
The M7 kept my up all night. This little camera is a bonus. What a
What is cool is that Leica has employed the minimalist M philosophy in
making this camera.
If only it looked more like an M and less like an Argus "brick." Ah
First impression: Bauhaus meets LSD. However, after a few more pics
it grew on me. I hope the image quality is there as well, unlike that
Sony/Zeiss camera of a couple of years ago.
Why would Leica even put their name of that contraption?
I wanted to phrase the question as "Did you ever wonder why they they
don't ever list 'shutter lag time' in the the specifications of all
these whiz-bang digital cameras". But, the answer is pitifully
obvious. What is absurd is to print a ridiculously long list of
useless features for a camera that fails the most obvious camera
requirement of all...to take photograph the instant the shutter button
is pressed. Leica just went down 10% in my estimation.
I know the camera was designed by Leica and built by Panasonic.
What I was trying to say is that some of the components look quite
familiar so is there a chance that the camera companies are getting
their parts from the same supplier?
Good to hear that it has a short shutter lag time any idea what the
Did you notice that "This camera features a 3x F2.0 - F2.5 optical zoom lens (sound familiar?)" remark? The lens may be the same lens used by Sony/Canon/Epson under different names. See:
http://www.dpreview .com/reviews/sonydscs75/ and scroll down a little.
That camera was no more designed by Leica than the new
Jaguar was designed by Jaguar (hint: IT'S A FORD!).
The Digilux 1 seems to elicit only two reactions: either you love it or you hate it. In my case, I love mine. All I care about is that the thing makes good pictures (within the limits of my meager talent) and is relatively easy to use. It's never going to make me discard my 1958 M3 but it is very handy for snapshots.
-- Jim McBride
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