1619 – Let’s Go Crazy

In the meantime I had a conversation with Juha, and he could confirm, that RAW + aspect ratios on the Panasonic LX-5 work exactly as I had hoped. Worst case would have been a system where the RAW file always records the whole sensor, i.e. where the different aspect ratios would only have an influence on JPEG files and you would have to crop when working from RAW. The best case, otoh, would be a system where you get different RAW files for different aspect ratios and everything just works.

Well, fact is, everything just works, it’s exactly as Juha has said. Not that I had doubted 🙂

The Image of the Day is, well … not much of an image, but it was taken with my new Panasonic LX-5, converted from Panasonic’s proprietary CR2 format to DNG with Adobe’s DNG converter, and then converted from RAW with Photoshop CS3’s Adobe Camera RAW 4.6. Works like a charm 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Let’s Go Crazy” from the 1980 Clash album “Sandinista!”. Hear it on YouTube.

6 thoughts on “1619 – Let’s Go Crazy”

  1. Congratulations! You seemed to get the RAW workflow established right from the start. I’m eagerly waiting what you will be able to do with the LX5.

    Just out of curiosity: did you consider the Olympus XZ-1 as a choice? Not that I would know anything about it, I’m still very much committed to the LX3. The XZ-1 has got very good reviews, though.

    1. Yes, I did. I suppose I like the interface of the XZ-1 better than that of the LX5. The wheel around the 4-way controller is slick and the camera feels good in my hand. What won me over in the end were two things: 24 mm vs 28 mm, and of course the better display. The OLED display of the XZ-1 is dull compared to that of the LX5. Otoh, should one be willing to buy the electronic viewfinder, then Olympus has a gem and Panasonic something that’s just barely usable – for the same price. No, it’s mostly the 24 mm.

  2. Congratulations Andreas. I’m also looking forward to seeing what photos you will make with this camera. I suspect you will get much enjoyment out of it. I wonder if the size and weight will convert you to shoot exclusively with it as it did with one of my friends. Enjoy.

    1. I bought an LX5 last autumn. I am extremely pleased with it and the results I get have surpassed my expectations. My eyes aren’t sufficiently good enough to get away with using the LCD, and I already had a GF1 and the clip on EVF. I find the EVF to be adequate and usable for composing and exposing via the histogram despite the bad press that it gets on the internet. As you say, the 24mm focal length is a winner.

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