So throughout December I used my Panasonic Lumix LX3 as my only camera.
Here are my brief thoughts in summary –
The LX3 is a fantastic camera.
I really like the handful of Lumix cameras I’ve used, with their classy feel and logical controls, and the LX3 is the best of all of them.
Once I’d got over the disappointing handling out of the box, and added my own tape to enhance its contours, I haven’t looked back.
If I could only have one camera, I would happily use the LX3.
With its Zoom Resume feature, I set it to 35mm equivalent focal length once, then use it as a 35mm f/2.3 prime lens camera.
I stick to aperture priority and rarely adjust it above the minimum f/2.3 (at 35mm).
The ISO I set to Auto and cap it at ISO400, which means the camera will try to shoot at ISO80 for as long as possible, then drop down through the range incrementally, stopping at ISO400.
Even ISO800 is fine in terms of image quality, but I can’t recall an occasion I needed it, and using f/2.3, most of the time the camera sticks with ISO80, optimising the image anyway.
Then it’s pretty much a high quality point and shoot.
The on board processing options – especially the dynamic b/w film mode, which I used exclusively this last month – give me enough adjustment to be able to create b/w images I love straight out of camera, without the need for post processing.
Zero processing is entirely possible with the LX3, a huge plus in its favour, for me.
Whilst image quality isn’t something I obsess over, or have high demands of, the Leica designed lens of the LX3, combined with its 10MP CCD sensor, delivers lovely images time and time again.
On the wider topic of the One Month, One Camera (OMOC) project, I tried this for six out of the 12 months of 2019, and it’s proved very effective for me.
I love just picking up one camera and heading out, rather than having a debate about which camera to use, then second guessing myself out in the field, whatever choice I’ve made.
All of that is eliminated with OMOC, and you can just get on and enjoy the single camera you have.
Sticking with one camera for a sustained period also means it becomes so familiar, you don’t need to think about how to adjust anything. You just know.
The camera gets out of the way, and you’re free to enjoy the photography experience in a very direct and pure form.
For 2020 I plan to try the OMOC project every month.
Because of my fondness for the LX3, for January I’m using another Lumix I’d previously bought but haven’t used much yet, an FX10.
More on that in another post.
If you have too many cameras and aren’t ready to (or can’t get motivated to!) purge your collection, I’d highly recommend trying just one camera for a month, and, if necessary, putting everything else out of sight.
How about you? Have you tried one camera for a month previously? How did it go?
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