So Panasonic has announced the LX3 replacement, the LX5. It looks a lot like the LX3, but with a longer focal range, something I thought was missing in my old LX3. Seems it will also accept the electronic viewfinder used on the GF-1. These two additions, as well as even better noise performance make this a very cool little camera. I'm not going to buy it. Sold my LX3 as I wasn't using it much and I really want a small micro-four thirds camera with the larger sensor as my walk-around. I will say though that Panasonic is making some very compelling cameras and I really loved my LX3 when I did use it. I'm sure this one is going to be very hard to buy as it will likely be perpetually sold out for the first 6 months of its life. If you want one, pre-order now!
I've been making headway into my editing. It is a busy time for us, in fact we have never been busier, and I was nervous that I wouldn't be able to keep up. Last night I did finish a wedding edit so now I am only one wedding and one portrait session behind. Not bad. I think I can keep up, I'm getting more efficient at what I do and feeling good about it.
We had a really great engagement session last night with a couple that when they showed up told us they were very nervous. One of the biggest reasons we do engagement sessions before a wedding is to photograph the couple before the big day, which makes the experience not strange or anxiety producing for them when it counts. They are used to us and welcome us as old friends rather than just the guys with big cameras at their wedding. We also get to produce images for them ahead of time and see what they like and don't like. That way on their wedding day we might know if they are sensitive about their nose, or prefer one side of their face or really don't like sepia toned images, etc.. It really helps us out, and if you photograph weddings I encourage you to try it yourself. By the time we were done last night we were having a blast, and you could see the couple just relax and enjoy themselves. I know that the experience will help everyone on the big day.
I always keep a little bag of flash gels in my camera bag and last week I left them somewhere when I was shooting. I had always just bought sheets of gels and then cut them to size and attached the velcro bits on them. It worked well, but I thought I'd get fancy and I ordered a proper flash gel holder from Lumiquest called the LQ-121. The super sexy name aside, it is a pretty slick little unit. Basically it just holds your gel in a slide in clear insert and holds some spare gels in another attached insert. The whole thing hangs onto the flash with velcro. I like it, but realized after I bought it that since I only have one I'd need to buy two more if I wanted to gel my other flashes, or I'll still have to buy more sheets of gels and velcro them. I'm not going to buy two more Lumiquest units as that is just ridiculously expensive so back to basics I guess. Also, I'm not too fussy about how far the gels hang out of the holder, they haven't fallen out yet but I've been worried about it. Lastly, and this may be nothing, I'm just not sure if the clear plastic holders for the gels cut out any light in addition to what the gel cuts out. That could be a problem. I'd say that in hindsight I'd be just as happy to use the sheets of gels with velcro on them like I used to. Is it a good accessory? Yes, but I think I splurged on something I didn't need.
Lastly, I'm taking part in the local Scott Kelby Photo Walk this Saturday. To challenge myself I'm going to use one camera (my Olympus E3) and one lens all day. I never use my Lensbaby, I'm not confident with it and I'm usually dissapointed with what I get from it. But I'm not getting paid to be there, I'm mostly interested in socializing with other photographers and I want to challenge myself to conquer that lens. So I'm not bringing any other options. One camera, one lens. I WILL learn to use that lensbaby. Wish me luck!
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