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Can someone talk me out of buying a D-Lux 7 ?

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The fact that you have asked suggests you have already decided.

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Unless you already have a DL-109 I would say you are doomed. The only reasonable alternative is to ask your tailor to enlarge all your pockets to fit an X or a TL...

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1 hour ago, Le Chef said:

Unless you already have a DL-109 I would say you are doomed. The only reasonable alternative is to ask your tailor to enlarge all your pockets to fit an X or a TL...

Funnily enough I was looking at a CL with a 18mm, but not sure the marginal extra IQ justifies the triple price, not to mention the zoom is quite useful

i am hoping that 1600 on the d-lux 7 is quite useful. 

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I have a 109 and was set to upgrade to the 7 when I was offered a lightly used CL and 18-56 for a price that bridged the gap between a new 7 and a new CL. You can guess what happened...My tailor is now busy making money out of me...

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I did not buy the DL7 but developed a dozen raw files from it. Compared to my Pana LX100 and Leica digital CL i would say that the DL7 files have a bit less acutance at high isos due to slightly more NR i suspect but 1600 iso remains the limit vs also 1600 for the LX100 and 3200 for the CL. Sharpening in PP enhances acutance but increases digital noise as well so i have decided to keep my LX100 for now. I don't crop much though so the latter's resolution is enough for me.

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1 hour ago, lct said:

I did not buy the DL7 but developed a dozen raw files from it. Compared to my Pana LX100 and Leica digital CL i would say that the DL7 files have a bit less acutance at high isos due to slightly more NR i suspect but 1600 iso remains the limit vs also 1600 for the LX100 and 3200 for the CL. Sharpening in PP enhances acutance but increases digital noise as well so i have decided to keep my LX100 for now. I don't crop much though so the latter's resolution is enough for me.

very useful, thanks

you using light room or something else ? seems odd that they have applied NR for raw

 

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Not that odd if you follow the thread about comparative DR of CL and TL2 cameras but it's just a guess from my part when comparing raw files out of my CL and LX100. I don't use LR anymore but i understand that it supports the DL7 now. I used an excellent albeit basic raw converter called RawDigger in its "Research" edition (link below). It does not correct for the native distortion of the camera though so there is some work to do with PS or same on the tiff files produced by RawDigger. 
https://www.rawdigger.com/purchase#compare

 

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It has replaced my SL. Well, no it hasn’t, but I’m taking it more often than the SL on my woodsy walks. For scouting pictures and when the woods are more important than the photographs. Still, IQ is very very good! Honestly. 

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The zoom is even better than some users think (In the 109, the 7 and the V-Lux 114):  there's a menu option that doubles the long end of the zoom (to 150mm equivalent) through a very effective, minimally invasive algorithm.

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On ‎12‎/‎19‎/‎2018 at 1:02 PM, harryzet said:

fuji x100f - and for the rest of the money a nice holiday. 

I had one and its excellent

However its not a zoom and is bigger. I think if a fixed lens camera is desired and one can't stretch to a RX1ii or Q then its a great option, unless you can deal with 28mm and Ricoh GR

 

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I can't advise anyone what to do, as we all have our individual preferences, but I can share my own experience regarding the D Lux series.

When the digital revolution got into full swing I decided not to rush into the craze for the latest and greatest digital wonder from Leica or any other manufacturer. Consequently most of my equipment is obsolete, but as long as I am enjoying taking photographs and manage to approach the excellence results  of which my cameras are capable, I am happy. 

I have enjoyed my D Lux 4 for several years, and I bought the D Lux 109 mainly in order to have a "pocket" camera with a  built in EVF. If I did not already have the 109, I would be thinking seriously about the lovely D Lux 7. It is, however, somewhat perturbing that these little cameras are so easy to carry around and produce such good photographs that my "better" cameras tend to get neglected.

 

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