Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hard wind - and the LX5 vs. XZ-1 question

We had hard wind and bright sunshine today. I went for a walk and took some photographs. And thought a bit about cameras (LX5 vs. XZ-1).

But first a little about shoes. I have a feeling that the new hiking shoes made by Sievi may be the best I have ever had, better even than those made by Meindl which lasted 6-7 years. But it is still too early to make a judgement.

The Sievi shoes are good for hiking, although they are originally designed for occupational use, so-called "safety shoes".

I read a nice story about the old days, when such shoes were being introduced on factory floors, but not without resistance. They were thought to be heavy, hot, slippery, cumbersome - and perhaps also bad-looking.

In one particular factory there was a lot of resistance, but in time things settled. After many years a worker went on the day of his retirement to the office of the safety inspectory, and gave his work shoes to the inspector. It turned out the worker had peeled away the outer surface of the safety shoes and glued it onto ordinary rubber boots.

Is there a lesson in the story? I don't know. But at least the safety shoes have developed a great deal - the ones I have are a pleasure to walk in.

Well, back to photography. Andreas bought the Panasonic LX5, and provided interesting views on the difference between the LX5 and the Olympus XZ-1.

I thought about this for a while, and I must admit I'm of the same opinion: 24 mm wins over 28 mm any time. Even though the XZ-1 seems to get rave reviews, and the lens is bright, it is not the same as having 24 mm at the wide end.

It will be interesting to see what Andreas can do with the LX5. He already established a RAW workflow, so things seem to be on track.

But I'm not willing to jump to the LX5, although it has a better lens and sensor than the LX3. But I don't think it is so much better than the change is worth it. Today I took photograph number 166,666 with the LX3, and it is still working well.


Colin Griffiths said...

That first image is lovely, the twig lying on the snow in the foreground makes the composition complete.

Juha Haataja said...

@Colin: We are having a twig photographer's dream time. Lots of stuff fallen off trees because of the hard wind.