Wow, what a slick looking camera. I want one!
Posted at September 28, 2004 6:56 PM
Yes, they look lovely.
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.
well, outside of my reach.
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.
Way out of my price range as well. One can dream though!
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.
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…
Very nice camera to own, even if it is way out of my price range.
Let me just add it onto my wishlist…
Is that your “Mountain Biking Across the Pole” Expedition?
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
i dont know what all you people are talking about, it doesnt look at all nice. it looks a bit ugly actually.
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.
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.
The Bees Knees when it comes to camera’s and expensive! Guess I can look and dream.
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.”
At least for me, US$300 difference is nothing to scoff at.
It doesn’t look half as good though, and I’m a self confessed design tart.
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