“Jazz for the Eyes” with the Leica Digilux 2

“Jazz for the Eyes” with the Leica Digilux 2

“Photography is jazz for the eyes” -William Claxton I don’t usually review music or photography gear, but this is entry is a little of both. “They” say the best camera is the one you have with you. Well, one night I found myself joining friends in Taipei for some quality jazz at a basement club reminiscent of NYC’s Village Vanguard – come to think of it, Vanguard Taipei would be a cool name for a jazz club here, but I digress… I hadn’t given thought to maybe getting some pictures of the jazzy goings on earlier that day when I placed the Digilux 2 in my bag. Once we’d sat down and the ensemble started playing, I was overtaken by the quality of the music and moved to make a few images. What follows is part camera review and music appreciation. “Ancient” Digilux 2 a True Classic Digicam Released in December 2003, the Leica Digilux 2 was the result of a collaboration between Leica (optics, ergonomics and controls) and Panasonic (sensor and electronics). It is a five-megapixel digital camera with a fixed zoom lens with 28 to 90mm equivalent focal length range and maximum aperture of 2.0, which creeps slightly to f/2.4 racked out to 90mm. Its CCD sensor is noisy, but renders colors beautifully and produces pleasing high contrast, black and white tones similar to Tmax pushed two stops. Autofocus is slow, often inaccurate, and hard to confirm, and the electronic viewfinder is small, confusing, and not very nice to look through. Manual focus is achieved (or not) through a tiny patch in the already tiny viewfinder that magnifies the focus point. In more...
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