E-Book DOP2101 with new Concept: "The Digital Workflow
Sample Sessions #1"We
are pleased to announce a new companion e-book. This time we demonstrate
in 10 workflow sessions how we "drive" images from their
initial state to the result we like/want. Most techniques used are
featured in our handbook DOP2000 (especially the fully layer based
workflow). Download the table of contents and the full first chapter from
Excerpt: Go digital for a grand less than an M7 There's the flawless satin metal finish…silky smooth lens rings…near-inaudible click of the shutter…massive bricklike body… Massive bricklike body?? We're sure Leicaphiles everywhere will do a double take (as we did) when they lay their eyes and mitts on this BIG interpretation of the classic Leica rangefinder.
Excerpt: Leica Camera AG, www.leica-camera.com $1,850 list 5 megapixels; 5X optical zoom; 4.4 boot time; 1.8 recycle time; 1,375 line average resolution; 2.0% transition pixels Superb image quality. Fast focus and zoom, easy operation. High-end look and feel with well-placed controls and large LCD. Expensive. Low-resolution video. No scene modes, as the camera is designed for those who want total control.
Conclusion: When you first handle the Digilux 2 you can't help but be impressed by its build quality and logical control layout. I'm quite comfortable stating that the Digilux 2 has the easiest to use manual controls of any current digital camera. This allows for quick switching into aperture priority, shutter priority or manual focus.
Pros: Good resolution, clean images with few processing artifacts, Contrasty tone balance (black is almost always black), Natural yet appealing color balance, Noise reduction works fairly well at higher ISO's although should be user controllable, Superb build quality, very tactile and ergonomic design, Familiar 'retro' design, Leica badge appeal, Wide angle zoom, very fast (F2.0 - F2.4), Mechanically linked zoom, Unique manual control interface, very easy to operate, Excell...
Cons: Poor macro performance, No ISO 50, could have delivered silky smooth images with this option, EVF leaves a lot to be desired, purists will expect a quality finder, Camera locked while writing RAW images, Poor supplied RAW conversion software, Metering mode lever location troublesome, easy to knock, Poor performance from supplied SD card, Limited latitude of image parameter adjustment, No AF assist lamp, No fluorescent white balance preset, Disappointing automatic whit...
Summary: A beautifully crafted metal body and M-System styling make Leica's Digilux 2 stand out from competing cameras - as does its high price tag. Unlike many high-end digicams, where zoom, aperture and focus are accessed via lever/rocker switches or menu settings, on the Digilux 2, these settings are the same as on a film camera. Metering options (centre-weighted, multi-field and spot) are selected via a ring surrounding the shutter button.
Pros: High-quality optics deliver sharp, detailed pictures, Well integrated manual and digital controls, Excellent menu system, Effective built-in flash
Cons: Very high price for a 5-megapixel camera, No fluorescent white balance setting, Inefficient RAW image processing software [BG05]