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on July 29, 2011
OK so its not, a Leica M9 or even M8, or any camera a professional photographer might use and its smaller then a real Leica, and it says Vivitar on it, but it is a fun camera. Because it kind of looks kind a Leica, and it has a view finder. The view finder is the key here, try and find a average quality Digital camera with a view finder. Not lately for less the $450 for Nikon, or Canon cameras. From there you jump to $1200 for a fixed lens Fuji fine pix 100, then to $2500 Epson, variable lens then to real digital Leica M8 used for $3000. The reason is a view finder is valuable because out in bright sunlight situations sometimes you can't see anything in the digital screen, but looking through a viewfinder you can size up your potential photograph, even in bright sunlight . The camera quality seems equal to my other small digital camera little Pentax , 8Megapixels, but that doesn't work well in bright sunlight viewing wise. There is a green tint in photographs that have white interior walls that I have noticed, but outside seems ok. The color tint isn't that important to me because I am playing at being a reportage street photographer of the old Black n White magazine days, by using the provided software turn the pictures to B/W an I pretend I am just shooting good old TRI-X . Some caveats, I am not sure special soft ware is needed to be installed for the camera to function even though it is recommended, just use a memory card holder and plug into USB port, not using the USB cable provided: The viewfinder isn't a range finder, and isn't a exact view you take a picture of, but its close; The directions aren't clear enough, that you have to charge the battery from a electrical outlet for 6 hours, without the 2GB memory card installed. I had to call some distant country to find this out. When I couldn't turn on the camera, and when the battery wouldn't charge, plus the battery has click in with a little locking device for the charge to take. Another thing is the battery gets used up pretty quickly, (used up the battery in about 2 plus hours using the camera heavily, (using the setting for not auto turn off ). I just read a Leica review of a M9 by a Magnum agency photographer saying the same thing, about quick use battery time. The reviewer invokes master photojournalist Henri Cartier Bresson. Which makes me wonder what he would have done with this type of equipment compared to what he had in the 1950s. Obviously the lens quality aren't even near each other, but it would have been fun to see HCB could have done with a in-expensive digital camera of today.
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on August 4, 2014
Many of the other reviews here are mid to low. I had modest expectations for this product which have been surpassed in actual use. Pretty cool look ( smaller than expected ). Sepia mode creates some interesting effects. Like one other reviewer noted, do not expect a DSLR level of picture quality but generally acceptable to good results. Worth the money if you can get it close to $100. Much more versatile than an actual 35MM vintage camera.
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