Yesterday I was somewhat dismissive of the Panasonic L10 and on reflection I decided that this was unfair. A few shots around the garden weren't really enough to get an idea of what it was like.
I decided to take it out for a days shooting and was pleasantly surprised. Using my Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-50mm and the Olympus 50mm f2 Macro lenses provided sharp results. Nothing spectacular but very acceptable. This was a relief since the sun came out out, which I wasn't expecting, so I was able to get some good shots of Bourneville, the quaker built suburb of Birmingham with its unique architecture. All these shots with the 14-50mm Zoom.
The weather took a turn for the worse when I arrived at the Lickey Hills so I concentrated on macro and detail shots with the 50mm.
One of those "strange bits of wood sticking out of a tree that look like a fish" shots!
Not a new species. For some reason these trees were painted red.
Its actually a new experience for me carrying around a macro lens and actually using it for close-up work. I must admit its very enjoyable and something different.
Certainly with these lenses attached the L10 was capable of very good results. Both with the L1 and the L10 the lenses that Panasonic included with them were designed to get the most out of the sensor. Neither camera is particularly good at high ISO's and Panasonic made an improvement to this with their G1 sensor.
The L10 is now discontinued but is still available S/H with the 14-50mm lens. Mine was a bargain.
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