Firstly i'd like to say hi, first post 'n' all that! Anyway, this thread got my attention as I recently sold my D Lux 3 and bought a GRD II. I think they are both great camera's but in many ways I am glad I made the transition to the GRD II.... Personally I find it simple to use, it has great ergonomics and also it as stated above it fits in the pocket perfectly. I find the IQ a little better than the Leica, perhaps not as sharp, but kind of more 'pleasing', especially when you consider the price of the camera-that is of course a matter of opinion, but when I had the D Lux 3 I found that I used to get lots of noise and 'smearing' of detail, which dissappointed me. Anyway, enough about that, I found it interesting that there were pics from Berlin in here, as I was there a while back when I owned the Leica, and have a few pics to offer up. I'll also post a few from the GRD II to see what you think.
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Now some from the GRD II:
And the colour version of the first pic:
Another view of Oracle
The sprawling campus of Oracle is certainly well-suited to the 16:9 format I prefer the first image with the tree branches for framing, and the "S" curve of the lakeshore as a compositional element.
I like the tree framed version too.
The second shot looks to me almost more like an architectural model than an actual set of buildings.
Sheesh --- I didn't even know it had a special "food" mode!
[QUOTE=Maggie O;9002]Who's hungry?
Let me call my Pugs
Well Defined Meat......the D Lux 3 does it Again!!
Maggie, that T-Bone looks like it's sitting on my monitor. Excellent color and balance. I have to look to see if my LX2 has a "meat" mode.
cross post, but I have come to really love this camera
This model was a bit stiff and hard to work with.
Of all these pictures I like the steak — not only because I'm hungry but because it's a good photograph; and we don't have to ask "where's the beef?"
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mediawench/2332713644/" title="2004 Subaru WRX Limited in Java Black Pearl by Maggie Osterberg, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3143/2332713644_79cb6cce85_b.jpg" width="1024" height="574" alt="2004 Subaru WRX Limited in Java Black Pearl" /></a>
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I am new here, got a tip from RangefinderForum that got me looking around for a few days. It seems like a relly friendly and informative place.
I bought a d-lux 3 to share with my wife for family use. As many has pointed out here, it is a fantastic little camera. My big problem is the ergonomics. I don't want to use for street shooting since it feels so delicate to hold. I have an old Coolpix 8400 that feels like a tailormade glove in comparison. The Leica is so elegant, so I don't feel like glueing a grip on the front. I have a vague idea to make an M-type grip to screw in the tripod socket.
Has anyone tried something similar?
Attaching a kitchen still life from the weekend...
All the best
Using a wrist strap is mandatory. I find the one that comes with it far too long; either find a shorter one, or put a plastic "bead" on it, so you can tighten it up. It helps a lot, and makes one feel more secure.
Your idea of a grip sounds interesting; only, it would interfere with opening the battery/card compartment. But I don´t have any better suggestion either.
When buying it, I compared it to the two Ricoh´s, but felt this one was a bit more solid. But the grip on the Ricoh´s is far better; there are times when I almost regret my choice...
I still have my Digilux 2, and I don´t think the new one will make me mothball it....
The hanging backflap works beautifully in my opinion and I prefer it to the removable backflap. It works just as easily in the vertical position.
Proud Grandfather buys Granddaughter an MP3 player of her very own.
What is next, an iPhone?
I have an old Konica FT-1, which used a detachable housing / grip screwed into the body to take additional batteries. It also took a smaller, flatter detachable grip, and its a pity that such an accessory couldn't have been provided by Leica. It could have been quite an elegant solution.
I recently bought a s/hand GX-100, partly due to these frustrations, the tendency of the D-Lux 3 to smear, and the absence of an option to switch off NR. The handling of the Ricoh is a joy by comparison - with such easy access to the controls you need to change frequently. I carry and frequently shoot with mine one handed and am getting results I'm sure would have impossible with the Leica. LCD viewing on the Ricoh is also infinately better than the Leica's - you can view it at very shallow angles and so can frame from the hip quite easily.
The Leica is a beautiful little thing, but isn't in my view anywhere near as polished in design and handling terms for creative shooting possibilities.
I must admit I tied a knot in both cam's wrist strap straight away!
I dont know how much the RAW converter type affects things but noise is also far less apparent with the D Lux-3 than the GX-100, both cameras on the same settings. Would it help to convert to DNG first?
for handling, I put a piece of the soft side of velcro strip on the front of the camera to give a little "grip." I've already dropped it onto concrete more than once and it has some dents so what do I care about external aesthetics at this point
That being said, the better solution (for me) was to change the way I hold the camera. I don't use the intended thumb rest, but instead put my thumb along the bottom of the camera near the display, index finger on the shutter release and middle finger curled against the front.
I shoot raw and use Aperture2 to convert. No smears unless I want them
For a good Thyme...
Yes, my D-Lux 3 is still in my purse and still going strong!
Here's a few from a night out:
Aura Restaurant, October, 2010 by Maggie Osterberg, on Flickr
Aura Menu On Table, October, 2010 by Maggie Osterberg, on Flickr
Ahi Tuna Appetizer, Aura , October, 2010 by Maggie Osterberg, on Flickr
Here's a review of dinner from my Michael.