New Toy – the Leica V-Lux 4


Several months ago, on a whim, I purchased a Leica V-Lux 4.  I had read about it, thinking that it would be a great little light-weight camera for hiking and vacation fun pictures.  I used it very little, until we decided to take a few days off for a weekend trip to Fredricksburg.  It is a little more than a point and shoot.  It has 12MP, 25-600 equivalent zoom lens, f2.8 aperture, fast auto focus, and an easy to see viewfinder, plus a bunch of other great features.  I am still playing with it and what fun it is.  There are many shooting modes, including built-in HDR, 3D, Panoramic, among others.

On our little trip to Fredricksburg, I used it exclusively.  Here are some sample shots.

World War II B-25 Bomber - Nimitz Museum, Fredricksburg, Texas

World War II B-25 Bomber – Nimitz Museum, Fredricksburg, Texas. 1/15 sec at f2.8. ISO 1600. Hand held, No flash

Field of Flags, Nimitz Museum Compound.  1/200 sec @ f4.  ISO 160

Field of Flags, Nimitz Museum Compound. 1/200 sec @ f4. ISO 160

My best friend, Shannon, goofing off with yours truly.  1/250 sec @ f4,  ISO 100.

My best friend,click Shannon, goofing off with yours truly. 1/250 sec @ f4, ISO 100.

On Friday morning, I decided to take out into the field for some wildlife images., for comparison.  Here is a distant shot of a Great Blue Heron, approximately 250 yards away.  Top photo with my Canon EOS 7D and 100-400mm lens at full length.  The bottom photo with the Leica V-Lux 4, at it’s 600mm extent.

Great Blue Heron - Canon 100-400mm lens at 400mm.

Great Blue Heron – Canon 100-400mm lens at 400mm.

Great Blue Heron - Leica V-Lux 4 at 600mm.

Great Blue Heron – Leica V-Lux 4 at 600mm equivalent. Hand-held.

There was a noticeable lack of birds to photograph, but we did see these White-tailed Deer fawns.

White-tailedd Deer - fawn

White-tailed Deer – fawn – 1/500 sec. @ f2.8 – ISO 320

White-tailed Deer - fawn

White-tailed Deer – fawn – 1/80 sec. @ f2.8 – ISO 125

What I liked most was the light weight of the camera, and the fact it was easy to hand hold for those long range tele-shots.  For birders that want something a bit better than the ordinary point-and-shoot, this the answer.  For a complete overview of this amazing camera, click on the link in the first sentence of this post.  Also, click on any image to see some enlargements.