A Visit to the Brewery

It is so easy for us photographers and filmmakers to get carried away with the tools we use rather than getting carried away with the subject matter we are pursuing. I use to regularly shoot canon DSLRs, I shoot the Leica S and M systems. For film I used to use Sony FS700s and 100s with the  occasionally RED cameras, and sometimes I still use those tools. Are they amazing tools? ABSOLUTELY, but they slow things down, require extensive rigging, and more times than not they can dampen the aura of a moment. In the work I typically do I am shooting on the fly and trying to capture moments that are not staged. When I point a camera at a person, and they see me I don't want them freaking out. I also have to get shots while remaining unnoticed, which requires minimal rigging. I have never encountered a camera that was so capable at taking some amazing pictures, and filming IN 4k than the Leica D-Lux 109. Now, I don't appreciate 4k for the immense amount of resolution it gives me, but rather for increase in bit rate, grading opportunities as well as reframing capabilities. The D-Lux is phenominal! 

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Coachella Valley Brewing Company presented the perfect opportunity to get some spectacular black and whites. I recently visited there, and the only cameras I had on me were my iPhone, and D-Lux 109. So, I immediately got to shooting some shots around the brewery and then switched to free handing some 4k  shots on the fly. The ability to pull a camera out like that and start shooting some really incredible stuff was extremely liberating!! 

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Not only is the D-Lux inconspicuous, and readily available, but it is also has a GREAT lens. I Love the f1.7 @24mm and the macro mode. Lens is sharp at all focal lengths and apertures. 

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Honestly the 4k out of the camera is just outstanding. It has low compression at 100mbps @4k 24fps, and since this is a Leica camera (yes, I know they aren't made in Wetzlar) the colour is lovely.  The camera settings do require some tweaking. I messed with the Gamma curves to get a in camera flat-ish profile, and there is a few other oddities that are required to get the camera from being a "stills" camera to being somewhat of a cine camera. 

I plan to use the D-Lux 109 for a lot more than just simple personal projects in the near future. I plan to use it in a couple up coming documentary films, not simply as a crash cam, B or C camera but as my primary camera. The 4k is absolutely lovely out of this camera and so is the colour. Convenienince, and great colour when paired with a kick ass lens, and nice 4k for 1080 or 2k downscaling makes for the right tool for the job. Is it perfect? No, but no camera is, and I intend to deal with the D-lux's short comings, and take advantage of areas it excels in. 

Cheers! 

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