Panasonic LX5
Old 11-27-2012   #1
biomed
Registered User
 
biomed's Avatar
 
biomed is offline
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Seattle Area (North)
Posts: 3,362
Panasonic LX5

My beloved Panasonic DMC-TZ3 just died (black screen syndrome) after many years of use. I will miss the easy cary size and 10X optical zoom. I am thinking about replacing the TZ with the LX5. Yes, I am aware that the newest LX is out, but the LX5 is very tempting at the current low prices being offered by several dealers. I may attempt to disassemble the TZ3 to see if the ribbon cable came loose from the sensor. My last attempt at fixing a P&S taught me one thing - the taking apart is not too bad, but the reassembly is a pain. Any inputs or comments about the LX5 or trying to repair the TZ3?

Thanks,
Mike
__________________
biomed
Things are more like they are now than they’ve ever been before.

2016 Photos

rff Gallery

Blog
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-27-2012   #2
tekst
Registered User
 
tekst is offline
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 157
I sold one recently, really liked it for what it was. Only reason I sold it was to fund an XE-1. I would spring for the newer LX7 personally; f1.4 vs 2.0, aperture ring, etc etc
__________________
Flickr

Tumblr
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-27-2012   #3
helenhill
The Beauty of Light
 
helenhill's Avatar
 
helenhill is online now
Join Date: May 2008
Location: New Yawk
Posts: 4,960
adorama has the new panny LX7 on sale with Instant Rebate for:
$299.00 plus free shipping

it has a 1.4 lux lens ...YUM !
__________________
Flickr.


~ A Lover of Leica M's ~
Summarit 50 1.5 , Summarit 35 2.5, Summaron 35 3.5
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-27-2012   #4
tekst
Registered User
 
tekst is offline
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 157
That's a lot of camera for $300 dollars! I paid over $600 for my LX5 under a year ago! I may get one for my fiancee at some point; then steal it off her lol
__________________
Flickr

Tumblr
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-27-2012   #5
helenhill
The Beauty of Light
 
helenhill's Avatar
 
helenhill is online now
Join Date: May 2008
Location: New Yawk
Posts: 4,960
Quote:
Originally Posted by tekst View Post
That's a lot of camera for $300 dollars! I paid over $600 for my LX5 under a year ago! I may get one for my fiancee at some point; then steal it off her lol
Very WICKED Tekst ...
__________________
Flickr.


~ A Lover of Leica M's ~
Summarit 50 1.5 , Summarit 35 2.5, Summaron 35 3.5
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-27-2012   #6
biomed
Registered User
 
biomed's Avatar
 
biomed is offline
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Seattle Area (North)
Posts: 3,362
Quote:
Originally Posted by helenhill View Post
adorama has the new panny LX7 on sale with Instant Rebate for:
$299.00 plus free shipping

it has a 1.4 lux lens ...YUM !
Helen,
That must have been a cyber monday deal. The current Adorama price is $449.00. Sorry I missed it.

Thanks,
Mike
__________________
biomed
Things are more like they are now than they’ve ever been before.

2016 Photos

rff Gallery

Blog
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-27-2012   #7
kdemas
ʎlʇuǝɹǝɟɟıp sƃuıɥʇ ǝǝS
 
kdemas's Avatar
 
kdemas is offline
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 3,699
It was a Cyber Monday deal. I almost pulled the trigger last night.

Quote:
Originally Posted by biomed View Post

Helen,
That must have been a cyber monday deal. The current Adorama price is $449.00. Sorry I missed it.

Thanks,
Mike
__________________
------------------------------------------------------------
Open Iris. Life, Captured.
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-27-2012   #8
Pablito
coco frío
 
Pablito's Avatar
 
Pablito is offline
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Salsipuedes
Posts: 3,412
LX5 is terrific, recommend you get the EVF. It's nowhere near as good a viewfinder as the NEX EVF but quite useable (and a lot cheaper).
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-27-2012   #9
jky
Registered User
 
jky is offline
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Flamescity Canada
Posts: 1,430
The lx5 is a fantastic camera. Some things I really like about it:
- a very good, bright lens
- 24mm of course
- quite speedy in operation
- manual switches for AF & ratio
- durable

...and of course can't have the (+) without the (-) though *my* minuses are only the following:

- slow zoom (has never bothered me though)
- only 90 on the long end (I never go beyond 50mm so ymmv)
- almost impossible to see the image if it's bright outdoors

Good luck.
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-27-2012   #10
tekst
Registered User
 
tekst is offline
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 157
Never understood the whole LCD been hard to see in bright light thing. If it's bright use your other hand to shade the screen? It's not difficult, and given the amount of light camera shake should not be an issue..
__________________
Flickr

Tumblr
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-27-2012   #11
peterm1
Registered User
 
peterm1's Avatar
 
peterm1 is offline
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 3,847
I have the LX3 and never saw a reason to upgrade it. The LX 5 is the LX3 with a few tweaks including a longer zoom and support for an EVF. This whole family of top end Panasonic small sensor cameras produce superb results and I would not hesitate recommending one for a second PROVIDED you want to buy a small sensor camera. As a generalsiation such cameras do not perform as well in adverse lighting as the latest crop of large sensor small cameras though for obvious reasons. If this is not an issue then the LX5 will almost certainly be fine. BTW in my view there is no point spending good money to fix an older camera that almost certainly today will be worth little or nothing. I cannot imagine selling my Lx3. It is such a nice camera to use for those times when even a M4/3 is too big (and worth so little these days in any event) that I would rather keep it and use it.
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-28-2012   #12
Frontman
Registered User
 
Frontman is offline
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: 東京日本
Posts: 1,652
I have had the LX5 since it they were introduced, and I can't say enough good about it. Compared to the previous LX3, the LX5 has better high ISO performance, and it focuses more quickly.

A couple of my friends bought LX5 cameras after borrowing mine. It's amazingly easy to use, and IQ is superb for the price. Battery life is quite good, and it is a durable camera, mine has been beat up a bit, and has a few dents, but still works perfectly.
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-28-2012   #13
jesse1dog
Light Catcher
 
jesse1dog's Avatar
 
jesse1dog is offline
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Afon Fathew
Age: 79
Posts: 1,442
I'm still using an LX1 with a 'Clear Viewer' attached - just love it.
There was some discussion about the LX5 lens being a bit softer than the one fitted to the LX3. LX7 prices don't seem to be moving very much here in GB, and I've been tempted, but think I can wait a bit.
Be interested in what you decide.

jesse
__________________
John Cordingley

'A photograph shows a slice of life that is already history; just a piece of a jig-saw that you will never see completed!'

Lumix LF1 LX7 and some others not in use!.

My Gallery
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-28-2012   #14
daveleo
È quello che è.
 
daveleo is offline
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: People's Republic of Mass.
Posts: 3,501
Quote:
Originally Posted by peterm1 View Post
I have the LX3 and never saw a reason to upgrade it. The LX 5 is the LX3 with a few tweaks including a longer zoom and support for an EVF. This whole family of top end Panasonic small sensor cameras produce superb results and I would not hesitate recommending one for a second PROVIDED you want to buy a small sensor camera. As a generalsiation such cameras do not perform as well in adverse lighting as the latest crop of large sensor small cameras though for obvious reasons. If this is not an issue then the LX5 will almost certainly be fine. BTW in my view there is no point spending good money to fix an older camera that almost certainly today will be worth little or nothing. I cannot imagine selling my Lx3. It is such a nice camera to use for those times when even a M4/3 is too big (and worth so little these days in any event) that I would rather keep it and use it.

Saved me a lot of typing !
__________________
Dave


"I photograph my fantasies" .... Man Ray
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-28-2012   #15
biomed
Registered User
 
biomed's Avatar
 
biomed is offline
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Seattle Area (North)
Posts: 3,362
Quote:
Originally Posted by peterm1 View Post
I have the LX3 and never saw a reason to upgrade it. The LX 5 is the LX3 with a few tweaks including a longer zoom and support for an EVF. This whole family of top end Panasonic small sensor cameras produce superb results and I would not hesitate recommending one for a second PROVIDED you want to buy a small sensor camera. As a generalsiation such cameras do not perform as well in adverse lighting as the latest crop of large sensor small cameras though for obvious reasons. If this is not an issue then the LX5 will almost certainly be fine. BTW in my view there is no point spending good money to fix an older camera that almost certainly today will be worth little or nothing. I cannot imagine selling my Lx3. It is such a nice camera to use for those times when even a M4/3 is too big (and worth so little these days in any event) that I would rather keep it and use it.
Peter,
I will probably buy the LX5. The DMC-TZ3 was pretty much a everyday carry in the brief case camera for me. It did a great job for what it was. The current equivalent model is only $50 less than what an LX5 is currently going for. The LX5 is a no brainer for $50 more! I may try to fix the old camera myself before I throw it out.

Mike
__________________
biomed
Things are more like they are now than they’ve ever been before.

2016 Photos

rff Gallery

Blog
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-28-2012   #17
jky
Registered User
 
jky is offline
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Flamescity Canada
Posts: 1,430
Quote:
Originally Posted by tekst View Post
Never understood the whole LCD been hard to see in bright light thing. If it's bright use your other hand to shade the screen? It's not difficult, and given the amount of light camera shake should not be an issue..
Hmmm.... hold the baby or cover the lcd to get that Pulitzer Prize winner? Yep, tough choice.
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-28-2012   #18
Saul
fighting inertia
 
Saul's Avatar
 
Saul is offline
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Baltimore MD
Posts: 295
LX5 is a winner of a camera. Easy to use, small, terrific IQ and very decent video. Get a Gordy wrist strap and one of those screw-on, self closing lens caps and it'll be damn near perfect.

BTW, does anyone have a good profile for this camera in LR4?
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-29-2012   #19
helenhill
The Beauty of Light
 
helenhill's Avatar
 
helenhill is online now
Join Date: May 2008
Location: New Yawk
Posts: 4,960
Heads Up ...TODAY 29 NOV - Thurs
B&H has the LX5 for $249.00

though I WISH i had bought the LX7 on CYBER Monday...Lux glass...for 299.00
__________________
Flickr.


~ A Lover of Leica M's ~
Summarit 50 1.5 , Summarit 35 2.5, Summaron 35 3.5
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-30-2012   #20
biomed
Registered User
 
biomed's Avatar
 
biomed is offline
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Seattle Area (North)
Posts: 3,362
Thanks for all of the input! I ordered the LX5 and should have it by Tuesday.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Mike
__________________
biomed
Things are more like they are now than they’ve ever been before.

2016 Photos

rff Gallery

Blog
  Reply With Quote

Old 12-06-2012   #21
biomed
Registered User
 
biomed's Avatar
 
biomed is offline
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Seattle Area (North)
Posts: 3,362
The LX5 arrived Tuesday, but I haven't had much time to check it out. Based on the 2 or 3 snapshots at work I think I am going to enjoy using this camera.
__________________
biomed
Things are more like they are now than they’ve ever been before.

2016 Photos

rff Gallery

Blog
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-05-2013   #22
biomed
Registered User
 
biomed's Avatar
 
biomed is offline
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Seattle Area (North)
Posts: 3,362
The LX5 has turned to be a real gem! Here is one of my recent shots.

__________________
biomed
Things are more like they are now than they’ve ever been before.

2016 Photos

rff Gallery

Blog
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-17-2013   #23
Bike Tourist
Registered User
 
Bike Tourist's Avatar
 
Bike Tourist is offline
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Central California
Age: 80
Posts: 1,026
Having already had the LX-5 experience, I was looking for a lightweight camera to accompany me on the bike and everywhere. My D600 is just too bulky for spontaneous situations. Today, I ordered an LX-7 based upon my prior experience. It was just under $300. Of course, I had to pay an additional $180 to get the EVF viewfinder, an absolute necessity for me.
__________________
Dick Thornton

Stock Portfolio:
http://www.shutterstock.com/g/biketourist
  Reply With Quote

Old 03-20-2013   #24
biomed
Registered User
 
biomed's Avatar
 
biomed is offline
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Seattle Area (North)
Posts: 3,362
[quote=Bike Tourist;2076837]Having already had the LX-5 experience...... Today, I ordered an LX-7 based upon my prior experience. It was just under $300. QUOTE]

A friend at work bought one and is loving it!
__________________
biomed
Things are more like they are now than they’ve ever been before.

2016 Photos

rff Gallery

Blog
  Reply With Quote

Old 03-20-2013   #25
peterm1
Registered User
 
peterm1's Avatar
 
peterm1 is offline
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 3,847
All of this series of Panasonic compact cameras are great. Small sensor yes, but not small in terms of performance. I own the LX3 and if anything the LX5 is better. I bought the LX3 in similar circumstances in that the LX5 had just come out and so it was a bargain. Grab it and use it with pleasure. As it is a small sensor camera keep ISO below 800 and you will find it produces wonderful results. Here is a review of the camera in a Singapore based photo forum.

http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/revie...sonic-lx5.html
  Reply With Quote

Old 03-20-2013   #26
Frontman
Registered User
 
Frontman is offline
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: 東京日本
Posts: 1,652
I love the LX5, enough so that I stoped shooting a DSLR. The camera powers up quickly, the focus speed is decent, and it simply takes wonderful photos. I got the optical viewfinder rather than the EVF, though in Japan the optical finders cost about 25% mre than the EVF. My girlfriend loved my LX5 enough that she bought one for herself.

I am interested in the LX7, but I will keep using my LX5 until it quits on me. If that day is a long time in coming, I won't mind at all.
  Reply With Quote

Old 03-22-2013   #27
rhe
Registered User
 
rhe's Avatar
 
rhe is offline
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 13
Quote:
All of this series of Panasonic compact cameras are great.
We enjoy using our LX5 for quick family and travel shots. I passed our previous LX2 on to our son and he continues to use it regularly. Here are three recent LX5 captures.

P1020088.jpg

P1020013.jpg

P1020018.jpg
__________________
Lloyd M.
  Reply With Quote

Old 03-22-2013   #28
Bingley
Registered User
 
Bingley's Avatar
 
Bingley is offline
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Sacramento, California
Posts: 5,199
There's a separate thread on the LX7. The photos posted there are very impressive. And the camera is, I think, still available on Amazon for under $300.
__________________
Steve

M2, R2A, IIIc, IVSB2, & T, and assorted LTM & M lenses
Minolta XD11, Pentax ME Super, and assorted MD Rokkor and Takumar lenses, Rolleicord III, Rolleicord Vb, Rolleiflex Automat MX-EVS




My Flickr
My Gallery
  Reply With Quote

Old 03-23-2013   #29
jody36
Registered User
 
jody36 is offline
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Macon Ga. USA
Posts: 254
I have the LX3 love it bought when it came out and still use all the time.
__________________
http://jodycriswell.blogspot.com
LX3-fuji x-e1-zorki 4- konica auto s3- konica auto s2- fed 2
  Reply With Quote

Old 03-23-2013   #30
Sunti
Registered User
 
Sunti is offline
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: San Francisco bay area
Posts: 156
LX7 is on sale for $329 at B&H, but it's a kit. I'm trying my best to not click on it.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...G&Q=&A=details
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 05:59.


vBulletin skin developed by: eXtremepixels
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

All content on this site is Copyright Protected and owned by its respective owner. You may link to content on this site but you may not reproduce any of it in whole or part without written consent from its owner.