Upon a recent visit to the offices of Leica’s PR company in NYC, I was able to play with the Leica V-LUX 20 for a little while. Not long ago, a small review was completed based upon the Panasonic ZS-7, the camera that it is based off of. However, it also warned readers that at the time of writing it, I had not actually seen the V-LUX 20. So without further adieu, here is the preview.
With the release of Leica’s new V-LUX 20 camera, it has quickly been deduced that it is really just a Panasonic ZS-7. Leica and Panasonic have a close relationship like this, as they have done previously with the LX-3 and the D-LUX 4 (the latter was reviewed here). The V-LUX 20, like the ZS-7 is aimed towards photography enthusiasts that tend to travel often and want to have a compact camera. Though I haven’t had time with the V-LUX 20 yet, one can expect that when reviews come out, they will be very similar to that of the ZS-7. That said, here’s a round-up of my ZS-7 field review postings and findings.
Leica is apparently embracing Facebook more and more these days as is evident from their former status. They announced today that their Facebook fans will be the first to know about the new camera that will come out. According to PhotoRumors, we are to be expecting the new camera tomorrow and it will be the V-LUX 20.
A while ago at the Leica Roadshow in NYC, the S2 was presented to all who attended. The camera, Leica’s main entry into the professional medium format space, is one that surprised all during the seminar. Being a 37.5MP beast of a camera, when one actually holds it they notice that it is actually more elegant that it is a monster. However, it does have a couple of quirks; as do most medium format cameras.
LeicaRumors has been reporting on the possible release of the V-LUX 20 for a little while now. According to Leica’s Facebook page, there is news to come next week. In addition there is also quite a bit of speculation as to what could be coming.
My bet is the V-LUX 20 for sure. Although keep in mind that Leica did recently confirm their joining of the Micro Four Thirds alliance and that there may have been possible hints dropped in my recent interview with them.
Questions With Christian Erhardt: Vice President of Marketing Photographic Division, Leica Camera USA
I recently had the pleasure to chat with Christian Erhardt who is Vice President of Marketing Photographic Division, Leica Camera USA. On the agenda were questions about how Leica has changed recently with the success of their new products, their growing userbase, and tactics to lure in the average American consumer. Hit the jump for the full interview.
Today, Leica announced that they will host a North American Road Show in which they will visit 26 major North American cities. It will commence on March 18, 2010 in Miami, Florida and conclude on June 23, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. People interested in the Leica M and S system will perhaps want to pay the $149 to get in. Details and the press release after the jump.
After spending some quality time with the Leica D-LUX 4, it is now time to say good-bye to the camera that stood by me for the past week or so. During my last day of shooting, I used it in a party/bar type atmosphere as well as on the streets documenting real life. Additionally, my experience with the Hasselblad H4D-40 was documented with this camera. So without further hesitation, I now conclude the field review and elaborate on my final experiences.
As the Leica D-Lux 4 field review continues, I explored the High ISO settings last night. This little camera delivered some results that pleased me and that also made me gawk at the images on screen. It’s really up to you and your own judgement. As a point-and-shoot with a larger sensor, we can’t expect it to have 5D Mk II type image quality but some of the images that come out will still be very usable, especially with use on Flickr. The images here have been resized specifically to be with Flickr’s Large setting. More analysis after the jump.
Following after Day 1 and Day 2, the journal entries for using the Leica D-Lux 4 with the new firmware update continue. If you’d like, you can download the entire manual for the firmware here (warning, PDF FILE.) D-Lux 4 – New Functions Firmware Update 2.2. This time I noticed a couple of problems with the camera but the overall verdict still seems to be very positive.
As I started Day 2 of the field review, the Leica D-Lux 4 has been with me almost the entire day. It truly feels like a companion camera. I took it with me today to get some laundry done in my neighborhood and shot a couple of things as well. My thoughts and samples are ahead. And if you missed it, here’s Day 1’s findings.
Despite the fact that it has been out for a while now, the Leica D-LUX 4 is one of the point-and-shoots that I’ve always felt deserved some attention.Like its more economical sibling the Panasonic LX-3, it is a premium point-and-shoot that is meant for enthusiasts, pros that want a nice compact camera, and people that want better images and aren’t afraid to work a little bit for them. On December 11th 2009, Leica announced a firmware update for the camera. The update in lots pictures after the jump.
Ashwin Rao has his own testimonial of using the Leica M9 as a great travel camera vs a DSLR and many lenses. His main arugment seems to be travelling light. Otherwise though, he does make good arguments for Leica glass/image quality, build quality, etc. You can check it out at Steve Huff Photo. Steve is a great photographer himself and I really like the field reviews he does.
I’ve tested the Leica M9 myself and published a hands-on over at Photography Bay. Shooting with a Leica M9 was quite the experience as it was my first time really using a rangefinder. The build quality is amazing. I hope and aspire to buy one one day. I’ve almost bought the Leica CL many times but I simply can’t justify using film for professional work as everyone these days demands digital. And at around $600 with a nice lens, sure it’s a steal but I can’t afford a toy like that. One day maybe.