Leica Digilux 2 | September 28, 2004

Leica Digilux 2

Wow, what a slick looking camera. I want one!

Posted at September 28, 2004 6:56 PM

Comments

Jason Santa Maria said on September 28, 2004 7:20 PM

Yes, they look lovely.

Jonathan M. Hollin said on September 28, 2004 8:57 PM

Leica - arguably the best cameras money can buy! :-)

I must admit, I absolutely love the way that Leica have managed to retain their design despite the move from film to digital and other camera advances - the modern Leica looks almost exactly the same as those from the sixties.

Brilliant.

Nick Finck said on September 28, 2004 9:03 PM

well, outside of my reach.

rossh said on September 28, 2004 9:42 PM

Well, it sure is expensive ;)

From what I remember Panasonic and Leica swap electronics and lenses with each other respectively so you can get pretty much the same camera with leica lens but panasonic brand for much less.

Andy Budd said on September 28, 2004 9:58 PM

Way out of my price range as well. One can dream though!

Allen said on September 28, 2004 10:09 PM

pretty much the same camera with leica lens but panasonic brand for much less.

Well… I wouldnt quite say that. Its only roughly a $300 dollar difference to panasonic’s comparible camera the DMC-LC1.

But yes the two are similar… leica supplies the lenses and panasonic the electronics.

Once I hit the lottery, that will be mine along with a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II.

Ben Saunders said on September 29, 2004 12:12 AM

Hubba hubba. I’m looking for a tough digital SLR for my next expedition and this is definitely being added to the list. Shame it doesn’t take AA batteries…

Omar Shabbir said on September 29, 2004 12:16 AM

How much!

Very nice camera to own, even if it is way out of my price range.

Let me just add it onto my wishlist…

Andy Budd said on September 29, 2004 9:33 AM

Is that your “Mountain Biking Across the Pole” Expedition?

Simon Lau said on September 29, 2004 9:33 AM

I played with one of these in the shop, and it’s quite nice. It’s rather big, but the coolest thing is how you can put the flash into bounce mode, which simply makes the quality of light from the flash much better.

I’ll stick with my slr.

Ben Saunders said on September 29, 2004 10:38 AM

The mountain biking expedition may be a little way off yet… the next project is in Antarctica. Can’t divulge much more than that at the moment!

Farhan Lalji said on September 29, 2004 11:31 AM

Well outside my reach as well. I’d like to meet the person who owns one of these, just to ask… “what is it you do?”.

You’d think with a price tag like that they’d give you more than a 64MB card!

Mike Stenhouse said on September 29, 2004 12:46 PM

I read a review of this Leica in Digital Photgrapher magazine and they were pretty underawed by it’s value for money… It IS the best looking digital camera in the world though!

I’m considering the new Canon EOS 20D at the moment - the spec sounds absolutely incredible and it’s both lighter and smaller than the EOS 10D. I just need to rustle up a grand… I came across 1.27 under the sofa yesterday so I’m well on the way.

Andy Budd said on September 29, 2004 2:23 PM

I like the 20D as it looks a lot more sturdy than the 300D. However if you don’t mind the plastic casing there is a firmware patch that can open up a lot of hidden features in your 300D (like mirror lock-up) making it very similar in function to the 10D and 20D but at a significantly cheaper price. Obviously this would void your warranty and is not something I’d endorse, but lots of people have been doing it with good results.

Alex said on September 29, 2004 8:12 PM

i dont know what all you people are talking about, it doesnt look at all nice. it looks a bit ugly actually.

Tim said on September 29, 2004 8:27 PM

I think you will find that the lenses on the Panasonics are specced by Leica but not actually made by them. What difference this makes in actual lens quality I don’t know.

Mike Stenhouse said on September 29, 2004 11:34 PM

Ahhhhh, I dind’t know you could unlock the 300D… That’s quite tempting. I still think I’ll save and go for a 20D though - the extra spec seems well worthwhile.

The looks might be an acquired taste… It depends whether you’re into your retro design.

I’m pretty sure both the Leica and the Panasonic are fixed lens so yes, it’s gonna be good quality, but it has to be because you’re stuck with it. It’s a strange decision for a legendary manufacturer and a hefty price tag.

Sian said on September 30, 2004 12:12 AM

The Bees Knees when it comes to camera’s and expensive! Guess I can look and dream.

rossh said on September 30, 2004 9:40 PM

Allen: Not so ;)

DP Review says “The Leica Digilux 2 was developed in conjunction with Panasonic who have their own version of the camera which has a black body with a molded hand grip, some plastic controls, carries the Panasonic name but is otherwise identical. The most amazing difference is the price, the Panasonic being some $300 cheaper.”

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/leicadigilux2/

At least for me, US$300 difference is nothing to scoff at.

Andy Budd said on October 1, 2004 12:18 AM

It doesn’t look half as good though, and I’m a self confessed design tart.