1648 – Such a Little Thing Makes Such a Big Difference

The Panasonic LX5 goes to f8, not more, and at f8 we already see strong diffraction, but the images respond very well to careful sharpening.

F8 does not sound like much, in fact, many cheaper DSLR lenses start at f8 being usefully sharp, and depth of field at f8 is pretty OK if you don’t focus too near. You must not forget though, that small-sensor cameras like the LX5 inherently have much more DOF. Both can be advantageous, depending on what you want to do.

Here I was after maximum sharpness from front to back, and that is exactly what I’ve got. Achieving the same result with a DSLR would have been impossible. Well, you know, shallow DOF has its merits, but often we want the opposite, and then a small-sensor camera is clearly the weapon of choice.

The Song of the Day is “Such a Little Thing Makes Such a Big Difference” from Morrissey’s 1990 album “Bona Drag”. Hear it on YouTube.

6 thoughts on “1648 – Such a Little Thing Makes Such a Big Difference”

  1. Fantastic! I’ve never had a camera or lens that will do this with just one shot! But then, I’ve also never had one of these small cameras. Thanks for not only the beautiful image, but also for this insight.


    1. Don’t forget that this is ISO 80 in brightest light. As soon as you increase ISO, you won’t be able to sharpen the image enough to get the detail back. But still, yes, I was impressed as well.

  2. Beautiful shot!

    Great DOF. To tweak the colors a bit lower the green channel in the cam or at PP. These small cameras tend to increase the greens.

    I always enjoy the images you make.



    1. Interesting. I already recognized that the LX5 accentuates green, but I didn’t know that this is a general treat of small cameras. Makes sense though.

      Responsibility for the colors in this case (and in almost all of my pictures) is totally mine though. I always shoot RAW and I always mix colors in PP 🙂

  3. Massive DOF for sure; superb in a shot like this, but I get frustrated with the lack of minimal DOF in my little camera. It’s both a blessing and curse.
    Sometimes I really miss the ability to shoot very shallow, but not enough to warrant shelling out for a DSLR.

    1. Well, you can get pretty shallow with the LX5, although you have to use f2.0 and this means you have to be at 24mm. This is also the only way to get near enough to get small enough DOF out of this aperture/sensor combo. Near means below one inch. You can’t do that always, and if you do, you have to live with wide-angle distortions. In other words: this is not a portrait lens 🙂

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