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05 October 2008 @ 02:32 am
New Camera  
So, took the new camera up to Rocky Mountain National Park yesterday to give it a test run/workout. Also, took bigmog up, since he hadn't been there before.

Anyway, the weather wasn't really that great; got a tiny bit of sun early in the morning, but mostly it was overcast. Was nice for hiking, actually, but not so good for taking pictures of the aspen, without the blue sky and all. But there were other things to take pictures of, so I took a couple.

Anyway, all of the pictures are in the set.
In the mood: tiredtired
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Douglas Triggs: wildflowersdoubt72 on October 5th, 2008 11:31 am (UTC)
Yeah, cloudy weather makes for flat scenery. Good for wildflowers and such, but.

(The difference is obvious if you look at the aspen pictures from last year. The sky shouldn't be white.)
asakiyume: autumn sourceasakiyume on October 5th, 2008 09:58 am (UTC)
Gorgeous pic--I'll go check out the set.
sf_readersf_reader on October 6th, 2008 09:17 am (UTC)
Did I miss a post where you talk about the new camera?
Douglas Triggs: paintbrush2doubt72 on October 6th, 2008 11:36 am (UTC)
Nope, this was the post.

If you're looking for specs, you can get the model and such off of Flickr, since this is the first time I've started leaving the EXIF data when posting (and the first time I've started posting full-sized images, going from 2Mpixel to ~10Mpixel). It's also the first time I've started shooting entirely RAW.

But anyway, it's a Panasonic DMC-LX3, which was just released (I got the silver). It's quite nice, with an excellent wide-angle Leica lens (24-60mm equivalent), and a fast f/2 (stopping down to f/8). Nice display, full manual control available, does bracketing and some other nice advanced features, has a hot shoe for external flash etc., yadda, yadda, yadda. 10.1Mpixel (depending on aspect ratio, which is selectable 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9). Raw support, with half-way decent software for manipulating it (considering it's free -- it's no Light Room or Aperture or something, but what do you want for free?)

The downsides are while the controls are decent, they're maybe a little small, and the menu control isn't that great. Considering the relatively large pixels and fast lens, low-light performance is surprisingly poor (not a great CCD for that, despite being 1/1.6" at least for low-light -- the color performance is excellent, however). Small, but not quite a pocket camera, and needs a lens cap, which it's easy to forget to take off.

Also, it's quite expensive considering those drawbacks, but that was less of an issue for me than for most people.

Nonetheless, I'm pretty happy with it.