Mimesis and Violence

Leica D-LUX 3
June 18, 2008, 9:31 pm
Filed under: Friends, Photography, Technology

Got my new Leica plaything in the mail Monday.

First impressions:

I was looking for a point-and-shoot with a nice lens and a fast enough shutter to catch friends off-guard and unposed. My other camera is a Nikon D50 which is real good at surprising friends and real bad at fitting in pockets. The D-LUX 3 has a surprisingly small body, a rather comforting heft, a super snappy shutter, and takes truly vivid pictures, but the protruding lens is suboptimal for pocket-fitting. In my first two Leica outings I found myself carrying the camera.

Other random thoughts: the D-LUX feels overly light sensitive to me. In auto mode with full light my pictures are often over exposed. The camera’s menu UI is clumsy and makes it hard to change settings on the fly. Leica is very clearly not a software shop. I really like the ability to quickly change aspect ratio with a little toggle on the lens and I wish more things were quickly manually settable like that. These are all basically minor complaints, though. It’s a wonderful little toy, feels great in my hands, and, even with my meager skill, takes damn pretty photos (see this Flickr set).