New LX-7 owner checking in

Discussion in 'Panasonic' started by MiguelATF, Sep 11, 2013.

  1. Am the owner of a new (to me, anyway - and literally almost new as well) Lumix LX-7, purchased from fellow Serious Compacts member Ray Sachs....and it's a beautiful little machine. Will be putting it through its paces in the upcoming weeks and months, but cant resist posting one of my first photos taken with it -


    Btw this was taken using the 'Dynamic Monochrome' setting in the 'Creative Control' panel, its a JPEG with a pleasing (to me) tonal black and white balance. The downside of the CC panel is a weird, wonky and slightly dumbed down control process (no access to the aperture ring, but there are some usable mini-controls for exposure, contrast, and depth-of-field (or lack thereof).

    So good.

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  2. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants Hall of Famer

    Mar 3, 2013
    John Griggs
    Fantastic little camera. I had one and found it very flexible and capable.

  3. Thanks, John.

    It is a pretty cool camera. I owned its predecessor, the LX1, about a million years ago and compared to it, the LX7 has come a lonnnnnggggg way. It's a nifty small photo tool though. And I suspect the accessory EVF is going to be used a lot.

  4. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Hi Miguel - glad it all got there in good shape and that you're happy with it. Enjoy!

  5. Yeats

    Yeats All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    Congrats on the "new" LX7. It's terrific!
  6. Biro

    Biro Super Moderator

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Congratulations, Miguel! I still have the LX7 and it's a joy to use. My only problem is that I'm trying to fund the purchase of a Fuji camera or two and may have to sell off my example (and maybe my GX1 as well) in order to do it. But maybe not. Enjoy!
  7. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    Hello and welcome Miguel.
  8. pniev

    pniev Student for life

    May 13, 2013
    Welcome Miguel,
    Enjoy your new camera. Nice photo!
    And you've bought my wife's favorite camera.
  9. jporos

    jporos Regular

    May 8, 2013
    Great camera Miguel! I own its cousin, the D-LUX 6, and enjoy it immensely.
  10. Djarum

    Djarum All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
    I've actually thought about picking one up. We have an XZ-1, but DXO reports almost a full stop of increased dynamic range with the LX7 over the XZ-1, and that would be a huge benifit I think. Have fun with the camera.
  11. john m flores

    john m flores All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    Welcome to the club, Miguel. I just got the LVF-2 as well and look forward to using it outdoors!
  12. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    Welcome Miguel! :drinks:
  13. Thanks to all the welcomes from everyone. I'm playing around with the camera, and have been using the 'Dynamic Monochrome' setting quite a bit. Here are one or two of the results -

    Starting with an old fencepost on the semi-rural ancient Oregon farmhouse I live in -

    <a href="" title="Fencepost by La Chachalaca Fotografía, on Flickr"> 9738891204_41de9849f5_b.jpg "683" height="1024" alt="Fencepost"></a>

    Another detail from the same fence -

    <a href="" title="Chain on fencepost by La Chachalaca Fotografía, on Flickr"> 9738898482_6fd9f24afb_b.jpg "683" height="1024" alt="Chain on fencepost"></a>

    And some ancient deer antlers, inherited from previous generations of inhabitants here -

    <a href="" title="Deer Antlers by La Chachalaca Fotografía, on Flickr"> 9735667771_b37c36803c_b.jpg "1024" height="683" alt="Deer Antlers"></a>

    Incidentally, the Dynamic Monochrome has some nicely defined tonal qualities - but it's part of the 'Creative Control' mode which as I'm discovering has its own quirks, oddities and just plain headaches. Like the fact that you can't use/access normal aperture/shutter speed/etc controls within this mode; you have to access a weird triple set of boxes with sliders for Underexposure/Overexposure - a strange Depth-of-Field scale (wide open on one end/fully stopped down on the other) - and a 3rd box which supposedly allows contrast control....but doesn't seem to have much efect as far as I can tell.

    To actually see what f/stop and/or shutter speed the camera has selected for you after positioning the sliders, one must first halfway depress the shutter release which then gives info at the bottom of the screen - but the whole thing is rather wonky.

    But, that said, the images are rather fun so far.
  14. Here are a few more, taken at the local/nearby recycling center - which featured (only in rural Oregon) an ancient holder for fireplace utensils (tongs, ash shovel, etc) ... made out of .... deer hooves!

    Here, the hoof alone -

    <a href="" title="Deer Hoof holder by La Chachalaca Fotografía, on Flickr"> 9738917928_3ae2a236ef_b.jpg "683" height="1024" alt="Deer Hoof holder"></a>

    Here, another hoof supporting the ancient ash shovel -

    <a href="" title="Deer Hoof + Ash Scoop by La Chachalaca Fotografía, on Flickr"> 9735691825_b8da0ef6ed_b.jpg "1024" height="683" alt="Deer Hoof + Ash Scoop"></a>

    And here yet another hoof supporting tongs, useful for grabbing that occasional hot coal or burning log fragment -

    <a href="" title="Deer Hoof + Tongs by La Chachalaca Fotografía, on Flickr"> 9735697535_d6ae239f31_b.jpg "683" height="1024" alt="Deer Hoof + Tongs"></a>
  15. And last but not least, because when one lives in a semi-rural small Oregon town, roadkill is not an abstract concept but a daily reality, this final shot which I saw earlier today - and just happened to have the LX7 with me, so ---

    <a href="" title="Dead Raccoon by La Chachalaca Fotografía, on Flickr"> 9735711635_c14d142ea7_b.jpg "683" height="1024" alt="Dead Raccoon"></a>