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: 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.
Summary: Not the most advance camera but good enough for normal photo taking. Nice vintage look that is classy and time withstanding. Built seems better than entry level camera and has good grips. Interesting features includes 2 angle bounce flash, aperture and shutter dial and of course Leica looking design and icon. Produces nice looking photos as well. Cons includes slower focus (comparatively), 2.5" non swivel LCD, lack of accessories.
Summary: This camera is capable of producing preposterously good photos. The lens is as clear, sharp and contrasty as any lens made today. Lens and camera are both extremely well made and engineered. The pop up flash is well designed to work direct or as a ceiling bounce. Complaints about the viewfinder being somewhat dim are valid but not a deal breaker. The menus are easy to figure out even without the manual.