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    nothing like head-to-head to thin the herd

    I've had the D-Lux 3 for a month or so now, and have been happy with it on most levels, but have a few gripes. After shooting at the beach today (something I've done a lot with all my other cameras) I decided to do a quick and dirty "shoot-off" in the front yard. It was the D-Lux 3 vs. FZ-20 vs. D70 w/105 micro. Closeup shots of some flowers...I like pollen

    I was shooting raw with the D70 and jpg with the others. And when I pulled them into Aperture to view, I was pretty astonished. Well, one thing was expected - the poor FZ20 just didn't fare well. Macro is not the camera's forte, and the lower resolution and older engine paled in comparison with the D-Lux 3.

    What really took me aback was the fact that the images from the D-Lux 3 looked *better* than the D70. The Nikon should have crushed the Leica but it didn't. I played around with things a bit, but it just wasn't happening with the D70. I have been pondering getting rid of the D70 and either upgrading or going a different direction, and this may be the push over the edge.

    So what's in your quiver of cameras? I feel like I want:

    - very small/compact pocket camera...something I'll slip in my pocket most all the time. Been using a Canon SD400 for a couple of years for this. Downside is no raw, but have gotten good shots from it

    - high quality compact. D-Lux 3 fits that category for now.

    - "bridge" or dslr. Need something that will do macro really well and also want a long lens capability. The FZ-20 just doesn't cut it from a resolution/iq standpoint.

    yours?

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    Re: nothing like head-to-head to thin the herd

    Wonder how good this will be when it comes out.

    http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/News...x?NewsId=22509

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    Re: nothing like head-to-head to thin the herd

    Quote Originally Posted by nostatic View Post
    I was shooting raw with the D70 and jpg with the others. And when I pulled them into Aperture to view, I was pretty astonished. Well, one thing was expected - the poor FZ20 just didn't fare well. Macro is not the camera's forte, and the lower resolution and older engine paled in comparison with the D-Lux 3
    You know, after looking at thousands of photos on Flickr, I came to the same conclusion, more or less: the D-Lux 3's image quality blows away most consumer DSLRs, especially ones with kit lenses.

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    Re: nothing like head-to-head to thin the herd

    Well, after my D70 developed a hot pixel and the Leica had some odd images turn up I wanted to have a "backup" for the Leica for Hong Kong. Went and played with a couple of candidates and came home with a K10d. Very nice unit, definitely a big step up from the D70. Using the 18-55 kit lens with it right now, but I shot it back to back with the top Pentax 16-50* lens and the kits lens is actually quite good. Now to pick up a 50 or 100mm macro and shoot away.

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