I’m Really Starting to Love The Leica D-Lux Typ 109

I’m Really Starting to Love The Leica D-Lux Typ 109:

I have to say, the Leica D-Lux Typ 109 is a killer camera.  I’ve had this for a while now but with all the gear that I’ve been reviewing lately, I sometimes throw the little D-Lux in the back burner.  However, I started shooting with it a lot more recently, and I will write a review for it when I get back from London because it turns out I get a lot of emails asking me about it.

So, why do I love it so much?  Well, it’s built well, I love the analog controls, and of course, the image quality just rocks.  I realize the image quality may not be as good as my main systems but it’s not suppose to be.  The point is, I’m not sacrificing as much as I used to for the sake of portability.  For instance, the high ISO is great now.  Check out my high ISO comparison of this D-Lux when it’s pit against the Fuji X-T1.  You’d be amazed at what this little 12mp camera can do.

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So, here are some images that I took before I left to London.  I walked from Wall Street to the Flatiron District, and then back to Wall Street in this crazy, humid heat that we’ve been experiencing in New York City recently but it was well-worth it.  I had great company, found some new places to shoot, good food, and I got some exercise, which is always good, I guess ;).  I was originally going to bring my Leica M6 with me to get some stuff for my Film Friday posts but with the humidity making temps feel like 100+, the Leica D-Lux Typ 109 ended up being the perfect companion.  I didn’t even need a bag; I just stuffed the D-Lux in my pocket :).  So I hope you enjoy the photos, and by the way, the last two images were actually taken at a different time.  Thanks for stopping by!

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6 comments… add one
  • I’ve considered getting this camera for my upcoming trip to the states and now Im convinced. These pictures are beautiful Patrick.
    Looking forward to read the review and hope you enjoy your trip to London.
    Keep it up!

    Dalal

    • Patrick

      Hi Dalal!

      Thank you for your very kind words! The D-Lux is a great camera, and I hope you enjoy it! I hope you enjoy your visit to the States, and let me know what you think of the Typ 109 when you get back. I love your instagram feed btw! Just joined it.

      Best,

      Patrick

  • Steve Chernela

    Hi Patrick,
    I hope you’re having a great time in London.
    That’s how a feel about my Fuji equipment. I hadn’t used my X100s for a while. Took it out for a birthday party and loved the results. Today, X-2E with 35mm f2. Great results.
    Cheers,
    Steve

    • Patrick

      Hi Steve!

      Great to hear from you, and I am definitely enjoying myself! In fact, now that my trip is near its end, I don’t want to leave lol. As for the Fuji stuff, it is all great…the lenses are absolutely superb, and of course, the ergonomics as well. I’m currently using the Sony a6300 in England, and while it is a fantastic camera, I miss my Fuji gear a bit :). I saw an X-T2 a few days ago in Harrods out of all places. I can’t wait to get one in and give it a go. Hopefully, I’ll get one in as soon as I get back. Talk to you soon!

      Best,

      Patrick

  • Elderin

    Hi Patrick, i have to agree with you and Dala. The images look great and even though the camera might not have the best sensor in technical terms (who says so ?) the combination of camera and lens produces beautiful results that i like even better than what many other apsc size cameras can do. The same is true with the bigger brother, the Leica M. It might not win a price for most advanced technology but the output is just different from the competition – and thankfully so.

    • Patrick

      Hi Elderin,

      Sorry for the late reply. I just got back from London, and I’ve been a little jet lagged. That’s the thing with Leica; the sensor and lens combos work really well together, and I’ve repeated this to so many people who’ve asked me why I choose to shoot with Leicas. The technology in the sensors may not be technically the best but truthfully, I don’t care because I love the results :)!

      Best regards,

      Patrick

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