Should I buy a Leica?

Crazy isn’t it? About to go for hajj & still thinking about camera. Actually I want to have a good compact camera. So far all point & shoot cameras that I have are disappointing. The Olympus mju1030SW is for underwater photography & very poor for everything else.

Then I got to know about Leica D-Lux 4 with a tagline ‘son of M8′. M8 is known as the best digital rangefinder….in fact, actually it is more of the most expensive rangefinder rather than the best camera….with the price of more than 20K with a 50mm lens. D-Lux 4 technology is also available in Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3. Exactly the same spec! The differences are only cosmetic (and built quality of course) and the firmware. From my readings, the RAW D-Lux 4 is far better than LX3. Some samples given in the net are pretty impressive for the Leica. D-Lux 4 shipped with a good RAW software. At the moment D-Lux 4 RAW is not supported by Adobe RAW, therefore RAW files can’t be opened using Photoshop.

Both LX3 & D-Lux 4 are said to be good at low lite condition. The main disadvantage is their tele (max 60mm). With aperture from 2-2.8, these compacts can deliver impressive photos.

Examples for Leica are here and LX3 here.

Now the price…..LX3 is about RM1700 & D-Lux 4 is RM2899!!! Almost the price of Nikon D90 body! And definitely more expensive than D80.

Should I buy?

Astargfirullah…..I have decided that I’ll postponed the intention till I got back from my hajj :D Don’t want to spoil my niyyat of going there. Just bring whatever I have because that is not my aim to go to Mecca.

Extra reading: http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/cameras/leica-m8-revisited.shtml

8 Comments

  1. hasmanizam November 11, 2008 at 11:28 am #

    Don’t be surprised when you come back from hajj someone already own this camera. :) muahahahhaha (gelak jahat)

  2. Jamal Rahman November 11, 2008 at 11:37 am #

    pohpaleh…..luarbiasa!! LX3 or D-Lux 4? Kalau LX3 tak heran lah….. *gelak lagi jahat*

  3. uda November 11, 2008 at 12:55 pm #

    beli aje doc. kang teringat2 plak hehehe

  4. remi November 11, 2008 at 1:08 pm #

    “tak baik berlagak” <– quote from previous post…ekekekee. doc, sorry ecotravelogue was hancus. all files gone. restored a backup, your post was deleted.

    anyway, mana doc dapat theme2 wordpress lawa2 nih. rajin nooo tukaq theme…jealous cek.

    dahsyat2…dah nak going for leica pulok…dahsyat…dahsyattt…

  5. Jamal Rahman November 11, 2008 at 2:24 pm #

    wordpress punya template kalu…tanya abang “Google” lah mas remi…. :D

  6. Azmi Rahman November 11, 2008 at 3:57 pm #

    Not considering Canon G10? It is a fraction of the price of the Leica.

  7. Jamal Rahman November 11, 2008 at 5:51 pm #

    Bapok besar tuh…..

  8. Jamal Rahman November 11, 2008 at 7:12 pm #

    wah…ada cobaan meracun nampaknya… ;)

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