D Lux 5 with Handgrip and Filter Adaptor. The added bonus is that the combination of both promotes a steadier and balanced hold on the camera when shooting handheld. A filter or polariser may be attached to the adaptor.
This compact camera remained a competent performer when I want to avoid carrying my other larger and heavier cameras and lenses. But it does come with some drawbacks.
I do find having first to remove the lens cap before turning the camera on is a bit of a hassle. The added downside is the lens is exposed to finger prints even when it is retracted with the lens cap off because the camera is so small. And having a lens cap dangling by a string is the last thing I want to have when taking a photo or video. With the cap hitting any part of the camera, unwanted sound is recorded on a video clip.
The other point is the difficulty to view the LCD screen in bright daylight. I suppose one can overcome this by adding an optional electronic viewfinder which will cost quite a fair bit.
I then set out to “modify” the D Lux 5 with a minimum cost outlay. The following were added:
- 3-inch pop-up Camera LCD Hood. This is readily available from several eBay merchants. It can be attached to the LCD screen and will shade it from some light on a bright sunny day. When not in use and folded down, it also serves as a screen protector, not only from scratches but finger prints too.
- Metal 52mm Lens Filter Adapter Tube for Panasonic LX 5. I can use this as both Panasonic Lumix LX 5 and Leica D Lux 5 share many common features. I removed the original lens cap permanently and replaced it with 52mm lens cap as the front end of the adapter has a 52mm thread. In addition to various filters including a polariser, this adaptor serves as a protector for the lens regardless of whether it is protruded or retracted. I do not attach the lens cap with a string and if it is misplaced it is readily available from merchants on the internet at a very small cost. For this reason, I have purchased two caps just in case one is lost.
- A hand grip makes a world of difference and will promote a lesser degree of handshake when taking photos without mounting the camera on a tripod.
Leica D Lux 5 with LCD Hood. It does quite a good job in shielding side light in a bright sunny day for outdoor photography. In addition it serves as an LCD protector when closed.
My total cost for LCD Hood, Lens Adapter and two 52mm lens cap is AUD 28.46, all inclusive. I cannot recall the cost of Leica handgrip which I bought on ebay. Give and take, one may save a few dollars depending on where you are sourcing the items from. With this modification and several filters which I already have I am looking forward to an increased user satisfaction with my little Leica!
Leica D Lux 5 without Filter Adaptor. String attached original lens cap not shown in this picture.