Thursday, August 25, 2011

Leica D-Lux 4: Collectible?

Artsy Fartsy Ozzy

Film Grain Effect

Many Faces of Ozzy

Toy Camera Effect
Would you consider the Leica D-Lux 4 a collectible camera? It seems to hold onto its value well enough to wonder about it. The sensor is small compared to many cameras out there, but remember when cameras only had 4 megapixels? LOL! Who knows if it is a collectible or will be even worthy of a second glance now that Sony has just announced its NEX 7 camera. It's going to be a whopping 24 mp on that APS-C sensor. Not so sure that will be good either. I know Sony is coming out with an NEX 5 update which is still 12 mp but with the viewfinder like the NEX 7. A new Zeiss lens is coming out as well. So, is the Leica D-Lux 4 a collectible? Will the new Sony have square format as an option? Should I hang onto the little Leica? I know that I still use it on occasion, and it has a certain pleasing look to the files. It's starting to become a little dinosaur like all of it's little competitors of this size sensor. Everyone has moved onto the bigger sensors. Me, I just ordered a Canon S95 as a bum around camera for my sister. I was going to let her use this camera, but I figured she would find the lens cap aggravating. I know I do. I find the files worth the aggravation, but she isn't into photography, like me. She just wants to point and shoot the bugger. I can't say as I blame her. My addiction to photography and my worse addiction to gear makes things less simplistic and fun. Perhaps keeping this little guy around will keep the fun in my life. I know I love using my iPhone 4, but am not fooled into believing that I could use it as a pro camera. It's just a fun camera. the Leica is sort of like that too, as is the Olympus EP-3 and Sony NEX 5. Yes, I said Sony NEX 5. I don't know why it's fun to shoot with, as everyone on the planet complains about the soft lenses and menu system. I don't have a problem with the menu system at all, but I do agree the kit lenses aren't the best, but they aren't the worst either. I get some cool shots from them. It's even more fun to use the video. It's lovely. 

The D-Lux 4 is fun for square format as I have mentioned many times before, and for the constant surprise of how lovely the files come out of this little camera. Is it the lens?There is something about a D-Lux 4 file that I can't explain. I just love the files from this thing. I think some of my favorite B&W files came from the Leica M8.2 though. They were so lovely. 

I guess I'll keep the little Leica as it's the only one I have left, and without it, there would be no Leica blog. LOL! Seriously, I'm waiting for the day when Leica gets its elitist head out of its ass and delivers a nice digital CL type camera. Maybe I'll just bite the bullet and get another Leica film camera. I'm always trying to emulate B&W film anyway! Seriously!