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    How does the L1 perform compared to todays SLRs?

    As above really.

    I have no intention of upgrading/changing cameras.

    Will it still keep up with the entry level SLR cameras from the likes of Cannon etc?.

    I plan on learning the camera inside out then having a play with other cameras.

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    Re: How does the L1 perform compared to todays SLRs?

    Hi

    Read the review of the Panasonic L1 in 'What Digital Camera'. It hopefully will give you some insight into how it performs and its systems.
    They seem to like it apart from some noise above ISO 400.

    Peter

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    Re: How does the L1 perform compared to todays SLRs?

    Thanks for your reply but I know how it performed 5 years ago compared to the cameras at the time. My question is how does it compare against today's cameras?.

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    Re: How does the L1 perform compared to todays SLRs?

    The L1 will perform today, just the same as it did when it first came out.
    Sensors have moved on somewhat, as have extra facilities such as touch screen, fold out screen etc.
    I still have and regularly use my L1, most would find it almost impossible to tell which camera I was using from looking at the prints.
    It may not have all the bells and whistles of more up to date offerings, but it is still a delight to use and, provided you watch the highlights and the noise above 400, will still produce acceptable photos (for me at any rate).

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    Re: How does the L1 perform compared to todays SLRs?

    It was so good, that Fuji used it's design and made some lousy new X-PRO1 or how they call it. L-1 introduces more direct control buttons, switches and bitz, so it should be more fun to use.
    And that is all that matters, unless you are selling huge prints of your photos.
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    Re: How does the L1 perform compared to todays SLRs?

    Very interesting. I won't ever be printing big prints so all be good.

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    Re: How does the L1 perform compared to todays SLRs?

    As you know I'm an L1 user, I also have an E3 and an EP3, I don't mind using either of the big 4/3 cameras, but tend to use the E3 more due to the weather proofing. I actually prefer the info being on the right compared to underneath of the E3 and find using the controls very intuitive! As for images, I've done well in Salons and photo fairs all over the place with my L1 and if it weren't for the pesky Exif data, no one would know which camera I was using. I've printed A1 prints (only twice) from my L1 and the prints were exactly as I wanted them, If I had to get only have one digital camera it would be the L1 and the amazing 14-50 lens!

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    Re: How does the L1 perform compared to todays SLRs?

    As others have said, newer cameras have the ability to capture images at higher ISOs without the noise older cameras like the L1 produce. That's not an issue if you're shooting outdoors or indoors with a flash.

    One of my more critical tasks is to shoot religious ceremonies, indoor available light without flash. For this I use an E5 and SHG glass. But for outdoors, especially if I don't have a Sherpa handy to lug around the SHG gear, I use my L1 with either the 14-50 or 14-150 (a truely remarkable lens).

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    Re: How does the L1 perform compared to todays SLRs?

    One thing to remember is that RAW image processing has improved a lot since 2006, so noise management and detail retention is noticeably better than it was back then.

    I have said it before - but as RAW processing improves, old RAW images and cameras with RAW capability improve with age!

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    Re: How does the L1 perform compared to todays SLRs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian View Post
    One thing to remember is that RAW image processing has improved a lot since 2006, so noise management and detail retention is noticeably better than it was back then.

    I have said it before - but as RAW processing improves, old RAW images and cameras with RAW capability improve with age!

    Ian
    Indeed they do and impressively so.
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