I’ve been an avid fan of the Nikon camera system since the early 1970’s and I’ve still got every Nikon camera and sense I have ever bought.
My first Nikon digital SLR was the D100 which I’ve since had converted to Infra Red with great success.
The D100 was followed by the D200, D300, then a leap to the full frame D700, followed by the D800 and now the D810.
The D800 and D810 with their 36mp capacity producing large images with fantastic resolution.
Of course, with any new camera purchase I get the urge, finances permitting(read She Who Must be Obeyed) to add the latest lens as well.
Now all this great gear has one significant drawback for a photographer of advancing years and that is weight, of the cameras, not the photographer.
Without boring you with loads of detail, suffice to say that my D810 with my largest lens attached weighs in at a shade over nine pounds. The following image has a lighter lens attached but it’s still quite heavy.
Carrying that monster all day and hand holding it when shutter speed permits can be quite a strain.
A year or so ago I treated myself to a little Leica Dlux 6. It’s the ants pants of small digital cameras, shoots RAW, has Aperture and Shutter Speed priorities together with all the bells and whistles you can imagine from the Leica stable.
It’s light weight, fits in a pocket and produces great images, colour saturation second to none and its ergonomics are great. Did I mention its lightness. I’ll mention it again, it’s really light and Oh yes, it makes great images too.
I was really impressed with the little Leica and I began to research the Leica brand. Unfortunately for me, Leica DSLR’s and their lenses are far, far beyond the reach of my photography budget.
However, all was not lost. I discovered that Panasonic produce a range of small cameras carrying lenses by Leica, algorithms by Leica and apart from some cosmetic changes, camera bodies by Leica.
The Panasonic models don’t display the red Leica circle but instead have an inconspicuous silver ‘L’displayed on the camera body.
I know it’s difficult to comprehend but two of the Panasonics have joined my collection. Firstly, it was the Panasonic DMC-LX 100.
This camera is another little ripper. It’s only drawback is the f8 aperture limit. That’s compensated for by the f1.7 aperture available at the wide end and like its Leica brother has a full range of controls available..
I just can’t speak highly enough about this little beauty. It’s served me well and has enabled me to produce some really great images.
The LX 100 is such a great thing that I felt compelled to recently purchase what Panasonic describe as their ‘Travel Camera.’
This little beauty has an optical lens rage of 25-250mm and a maximum f stop of 2.8. Again, it’s light as a feather and similarly has full manual, aperture, shutter speed and all the other controls you would expect from a Leica based camera.
This is how the three tiny tots look sitting together.
To say I’m having fun with my new camera is an understatement. I had a local printer copy the TZ110’s instruction manual that I’d downloaded from Panasonic. Copy authorised of course.
It’s a steep learning curve. The instruction manual runs to exactly 406 double sided A4 pages. Thank heavens there is no exam before using the camera.
My brain is definitely in top gear as I try to unravel the operating system and commit to memory the vital info required to get the best out of my ‘travel camera.’
As soon as I’ve produced some reasonable images you can expect to be deluged with the results.
This is a two edged sword. All my reading on the ageing process tells me that I have to exercise my brain on a daily basis. I’m not sure if this instruction manual will do the trick but I reckon that by the time i’ve reached the 80 year level I’ll know for sure.
Hoo roo for now