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I just bought a new D Lux 4 and love it so far. One thing I don't quite understand is the difference (use, value) between the diufferent "aspect ratios" that can be set, three of them, on top of the lens with a switch. Is one of the ratios better than the other, what is each one for exactly? The manual does not explain this very well, IMO, or I am addled.

 

Thanks for any help on this.

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Simply put, they differ in "oblongness" of the pictures. 16:9 is quite long and narrow, like most modern TV screens. 3:2 is the same as an image from a traditional 35 mm camera, and 4:3 is more "squarish".

 

None is "better" or "worse" than the others; it is a matter of taste, and of how the subject of an image could be presented.

 

Try them all, and you´ll soon get a feeling for when to use which one. Also, look at posted images on web sites, and ask yourself if they would be better or worse with a different aspect ratio.

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Simply put, they differ in "oblongness" of the pictures. 16:9 is quite long and narrow, like most modern TV screens. 3:2 is the same as an image from a traditional 35 mm camera, and 4:3 is more "squarish".

 

None is "better" or "worse" than the others; it is a matter of taste, and of how the subject of an image could be presented.

 

Try them all, and you´ll soon get a feeling for when to use which one. Also, look at posted images on web sites, and ask yourself if they would be better or worse with a different aspect ratio.

 

A perfect answer!! I would add that if you choose to view your photos on TV, think of what aspect ratio your TV is. Today's flat screens are in a 16:9 ratio. The older tube type are a 4:3 ratio. By shooting in those aspect ratios that match your TV, you will see the entire image from your camera. If you have a Hi Def flat screen with 16:9 ratios and you purchase the Hi Def cables to show your photos in hi def, you will have to shoot in 16:9 to get the entire image, not a cropped image as that is what will show up from anything but a 16:9 photo. Don't you love a hi-tech world?

 

Hopes this helps.

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Much thanks for these explanations. Very helpful. I am off the Kuala Lumpur in a month for two weeks and am really looking forward to shooting slides with my MP + 50 Summulux ASPH and 24 Elmar and many more shots with the D Lux 4.

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