This is an everyday camera great for family photography!
3 May 2013
Summary: This is a great four-thirds digital SLR camera that produces stunning images. I bought it because it can take the Panasonic - Leica 14-50mm zoom lens and the Olympus Macro 35 mm lens among many other lenses. The size is perfect -- not too big and not too small. It is light weight as well. The built in strobe can do both direct and bounce flash which is a nice feature that many other cameras do not have. The image quality is excellent.
Summary: I bought a used body for the specific purpose of using my numnerous old OM1 lenses on a reasonably sized format digital camera. I find that I dont need more than 7.5 megs. Most of the time I am using much lower size pics. I paid 200 which was very good value for money. My old OM1 lenses are acting at approx 1.6 x focal length so my old 50 mm Zuiko is now effectively approx 85 mm My old 28mm is now effectively circa 50mm It has rekindled my interest in photography.
Summary: Beautiful camera, great seller, as advertised. I own a DMC-LC1, will never part with it and this L1K is just natural progression for me, wanted to experiment with my many older AI Nikon lenses in a digital format, for my taste this is the perfect platform to do it, so far so good, but have to learn all over again to trust my eyes and light meter, one giant and happy leap to the past !
Summary: I bought this product,because I think it represent a design- filosofy that is uniqe. I am still in the "finding out"-process,so pros and cons are not clear to me yet. Comparing this camera to others,isn,t interesting to me.
Old world craftsmanship in this Panasonic Lumix (Leica) DMC-L1
9 October 2011
Summary: This is a beautifully built and designed camera, almost identical to the Leica Digilux III. I purchased the Leica lens that originally came with the camera from another seller. Together, they are spectacular!
Summary: I bought into the hype, the great build quality, the retro looks, the analogue controls...but all that wore off fast when I realized that, for me, it was too big and heavy, bulky, and uncomfortable to grip. What's more, the overall good build quality is ruined by a tacky piece of plastic which surrounds the controls on the back of the camera. The LCD screen is way too small...I know this camera is from 2006, but still, it is too small.
Summary: New, DMC-L1 is not value for the money. Getting it used at less than $250, then it's a great value. Panasonic/Leica lenses' prices don't worry me. I am using this camera with old manual-focus lenses that I have owned for decades. Manual focusing on this camera is quite easy. Image quality is good. Although there are cameras with better image quality out there, I want one that doesn't look funny with old manual-focus lens mounted on.
Summary: It is now a few years later. This camera has survived and unlike the models it was compared to, still viable. Looks may have something to do with it but not everything is based on looks. Others like the Canon or Nikon have most likely been replaced with newer models as they appear. Not so with the L1. It was not replaced as a line. If you own one you know, it is a sweet thing to own. I also bought the f 1.4 25mm. The lens system is crazy cool.
Summary: I have had this camera with the 14-50 Leica kit lens for 18months now. I have seen many new cameras being released every season, with higher mega-pixels, more features, newer technology. But I have still managed to keep this and I can tell you that every day with this camera makes you a better photographer. Using the camera with a good lens makes you really think about the picture before clicking. Its is limited in specs and the high ISO performance isn't stellar.