Escalate Me

Apologies to U2 and points to you if you understand the reference.  Since the temperature was 20 fahrenheit or -6 celsius yesterday and I had a haircut scheduled I may have had a new camera to test out.  Not that I will admit to buying one or anything, but a Panasonic LX7 may have shown up in a brown box at work with my name on it.  I prefer to think of it as a late Christmas gift from someone anonymous or someone who really likes me (like me!).  How and why it arrived is irrelevant.  What I do know is the reason for it.  I own a lot of cameras and lenses.  In fact, I own too many and I am slowly selling off lenses but the camera bodies are staying for the most part (unless I unload a truck of lenses and a Panasonic G3 then a Olympus OM-D will be purchased).  Yet, I found myself often times wishing I didn’t have to lug a bag full of lenses when I do a short trip or go out for a day.  I also felt restrained just carrying one camera and one lens.  In Thailand I shot almost everything with a 20mm 1.7 lens that I used wide open for the most part.  It was a great performer but I could not zoom and I wasn’t carrying around my lens bag with $4000 worth of lenses in it just to switch out when I wanted a different shot.  So after careful research I looked at the Panasonic LX7 and the Sony RX100, the Panasonic has a faster lens at 28 1.4 with a zoom of 90mm 2.8 while the Sony had the 28mm 1.8 to 100 4.9.  The Sony did have something else on its side and that is a massive sensor and a 20mp output versus the 10mp on the Panasonic.  I’m a fast lens guy and I have a viewfinder that fits the LX7 if I wanted to use it so LX7 won out.  The one factor that both of these cameras and others in their class shoot RAW which is my preferred mode of editing.  If I wanted to shoot in jpeg I have a Canon SD1400IS that could handle everything I wanted to do.

I’ll be honest and say the first few shots were disappointing.  They looked good on the camera but when I started to edit the images I noticed they weren’t as sharp as I was expecting.  So I have been reading on forums on how to get the most out of the camera.  Of course the image I am sharing today is before I started my research.  I shot everything in AP mode and while I could switch to manual that’s a pain when you are out just shooting around and not wanting to think about ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed and the magical light meter to get the shot correct.  Fast shots are AP mode, set the Aperture and let the camera handle the rest.

The shot below was the first test on a moving target, with the camera zoomed all the way out and the first I’m sharing out.  Hopefully with the new suggestions I’m getting on camera settings the images will sharpen up.  If not, it will be relegated to the return pile and I’ll buy the Sony.

Escalate Me!
Panasonic LX7, 90mm, ISO 200, f/2.1, 1/100

6 thoughts on “Escalate Me”

  1. I see you have another boy toy to play with. Oh well, the pictures say it all. Life is sometime up and sometime down. Thanks for the pictures.

    1. Thanks. It’s one of the few I took the second to frame the image before firing it off. With street work you shoot fast and quick and while you attempt to frame a shot most of the time its pure luck. It also helps that I cropped it a wee bit.

      My secret sauce to b&w photography is smash the b&w conversion in LightRoom and then use the histogram to get the tones right. I over sharpened this one screwing around in Photoshop while trying to find the best smart sharpen radius for the camera sensor.

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