Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/06/09

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Is it a bargain: Digilux 1 v. Panasonic clone
From: "Jeffery Smith" <>
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2003 16:38:10 -0500

I think the Panasonic is preferable to the Digilux [gasp.....did he really
SAY that??!] in that it is easier to hold and handle because it is less
boxy. It is shaped more like a rangefinder and less like....a box. Other
than shape, I don't think there are many differences betweeen the two of

If you have been following Graham's or Sonny's recent PAWs and strolls with
their cameras, you know that the Panasonic can take great shots.


- -----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Irving Greines
Sent: Monday, June 09, 2003 3:36 PM
Subject: [Leica] Is it a bargain: Digilux 1 v. Panasonic clone

I tried to post this earlier, but believe I didn't succeed.  Please excuse
the repitition if I happened to post twice.

Until yesterday, I had not considered buying a digital camera.  I always
loved film and digital just didn't appear to be my thing.

However, yesterday, I came across a local store that seems to be blowing out
the Panasonic version of the Digilux 1.  The price is $459.  The reduced
price caused me to reflect on whether I should give digital a whirl.

I'd very much appreciate input on whether the Digilux 1 and the Panasonic
are really identical--I know both have Leica glass.  Is the price on the
Panasonic a fair price?  I'm concerned that blowing out the Panasonic might
be a prelude to a newer, much more advanced model. Is the Digilux
1/Panasonic already so out of date that it's better to wait for the next
generation in this breathtakingly-rapid era of technological expansion?

My purpose in going digital would simply be to have another camera along for
street shooting, so that I could take photos of people while travelling and
return with 4x5 or 4x6 prints.  I do not intend the digital camera to be a
replacement for my Leica M and medium format gear.  I've found that giving
photos to people while travelling opens up immediate opportunities for more
serious shots with the Leica M.  In the past, I brought along an Olympus
Stylus, processed color negative film at a local 1 hour shop and returned
with the prints; I'm thinking of the Panasonic as a substitute for this
approach (of course, I'd bring a small printer for use in the hotel room).

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