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Friday, August 1, 2008

D-SLRs For The Landscape

Choose the best camera for your landscape photography

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Click To EnlargePanasonic Lumix DMC-L10
One of two D-SLRs with a fully articulated Live-View LCD monitor, the DMC-L10 makes it easy to shoot at odd angles for more creative landscape images. In Live-View operation, the 2.5-inch LCD shows 100 percent of the actual image area for accurate compositions and provides movable guidelines to help align the horizon or other objects. You can shoot in any of three aspect ratios— 4:3, “35mm” 3:2 and HDTV 16:9—to suit your vision for a specific image. Nine Film modes (six color and three monochrome) provide different “looks,” which you can modify by adjusting sharpness, contrast and color saturation in five steps.

Sensor: 10.1-megapixel Live MOS, 2x
LCD: 2.5 inches free-angle/Live View
Anti-Dust: High-frequency vibrations
Stabilization: Sensor-shift
ISO Range: 100-1600
Spot Metering: Yes
Estimated Street Price: $1,200
A sensor-dust remover uses ultra-high-frequency vibrations to shake dust off the image sensor, while optical Mega O.I.S. stabilization in the Leica 14-50mm zoom lens sold with the camera steadies handheld (and monopod) shots.

As a Four Thirds System camera, the L10 can use all Four Thirds System lenses, which range in focal length from the 7-14mm Olympus superwide zoom (equivalent to 14-28mm on a 35mm camera) and 8mm fish-eye (equivalent to 16mm on a 35mm camera) to Sigma’s 300-800mm supertele zoom (equivalent to 600-1600mm on a 35mm camera. These certainly cover the needs of the landscape photographer

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A mode dial is positioned near the shutter button. The dial is reminiscent of a film camera with the various modes selectable by rotating it instead of having to navigate through menus The fold-out, articulating LCD monitor is the ideal tool for composing with a difficult camera position. It’s also a great feature for getting an unusual perspective on a scene. Even a grand landscape can be viewed differently when the perspective is changed by just a few feet in height, for example.
The arrow pad gives you one-touch access to ISO, metering modes, white balance and AF area.

Alternative Landscape D-SLR

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1
Sensor: 7.5 MP/2x
LCD: 2.5 inches
Anti-Dust: Vibration
Stabilization: Mega O.I.S. in lens
ISO: 100-1600
Spot Metering: Yes
Estimated Street Price: $1,500*
* includes Leica 14-50mm ƒ/2.8-3.5 zoom lens
Lineage: Panasonic’s second D-SLR, the L10 follows the DMC-L1, which remains in the line. The L1 is the top-end model, with a more rugged build and sold with a higher-end Leica 14-50mm zoom lens for about 50 percent more, although the L1 has a 7.5-megapixel Live MOS sensor vs. the L10’s 10.1-megapixel Live MOS.

Cool Factor: Nine film modes are designed to mimic the characteristics of a variety of color and black-and-white films to let you choose the ideal “look” for a specific scene.


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