Monday, November 03, 2008

Laurence Kim Photography Blog

Laurence Kim Photography Blog

Read this blog post, it applies to the Panasonic LX3, but it is appropriate to other cameras like the Canon G10. The comments on the camera, the metering, and the quality of JPEG images will seems like heresy to some people, but, from my experience it is true. I used the Canon G10 for the last half of the Amery photographs and you have seen me use the Panasonic LX3 at International Friendship Days and at the Tanana Valley Farmer's Market.

Here is a quote from the posting.

"In fact, for certain subjects such as landscapes, nature and fine art, a good point-n-shoot like the LX3 could be the best tool for the job, sometimes even better than a DSLR or a $40k medium-format DSLR.

Why?

* Would you rather schlepp around 20 pounds of gear (camera, lenses, tripod, ballhead, etc.) or a 9 ounce camera that you put in a pouch on your belt?

* No need to change lenses. Really handy for a day like yesterday, when I was taking pictures on a rainy day on a muddy trail.

* The combination of built-in image stabilization + greater depth of field you get with a small sensor means that a tripod is not required. No tripod means more creativity, as you can get yourself in more positions and are less likely to remained anchored in a few spots.

* Greater depth of field means no need to stop down to tiny apertures like f16 which soften images due to diffraction.

* Shooting with bigger apertures also means faster shutter speeds, which = sharper images.

* Fixed lens means no dust spots on the sensor.

* No mirror slap means the camera doesn't vibrate = sharper pictures, even if you're using use mirror lockup.

* Overall image quality will be just as good as a DSLR (if not better) because of all the reasons listed above.

On the other hand, if you want to shoot anything that moves, is in very low light, with a shallow depth of field, or that requires long telephoto lenses (e.g. wildlife, sports, or weddings) you'll need a DSLR. Horses for courses."
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