In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Nov. 26, 2010 / 19 Kislev, 5771

Leica's compact camera impresses

By Mark Kellner

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | You never forget your first time, a rather infamous liquor ad from long ago once suggested, and much the same could be said, in a far more positive sense, for using a Leica V-Lux 2, the recently launched digital camera from the famed German maker. In the photography world, Leica carries the kind of cachet that, well, Porche carries in automobiles: high quality, tons of good features, and superb performance.

The $849 V-Lux 2 lives up to these standards, and then some. In a compact and lightweight package, you get a camera that delivers 14.1 megapixel images - which can easily be printed at the size of a sheet of legal paper, or perhaps even larger under certain conditions. It will shoot those images quite rapidly, and will also use its 24-times optical zoom allows its Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 4.5 - 108 mm f/2.8 - 5.2 ASPH lens to offer an enormous range of focal lengths equivalent to 25-600 mm in a 35-mm format. Translated into English: you can do a whole lot with this camera.

I found that out the other day in a range of situations. Going up to an outdoors site in Emmitsburg, Maryland, which features a range of statuary, monuments, flowers and trees, I was able to zoom up to the top of one high-mounted statue from ground level, achieving a close-up I could never have accomplished with my Nikon D-40X and large zoom lens. (To be fair, the Nikon's lens wouldn't equal 600 mm in focal length.) Shooting on the ground, I got "in" on some flowers and other small objects; turning back to higher things, I was able to quickly get a nice shot of a very tall tree.

The subject matter isn't as important, perhaps, as the ability to shoot things other camera lenses might not get. Yes, I suppose I could use one of my more traditional cameras and then process the image in Photoshop or some such to "zoom in" some more, but surely it has to be better to be able to fill the image "frame" with as much of the desired close-up as possible. This is something the V-Lux 2 allows me to do, and with spectacular ease: settings are, or should I say, can be, automatic; they can also be handled manually for the more technically creative photographer.

At this stage of my photography, I prefer letting the camera do the work for me. In testing the V-Lux 2 on the "Automatic" setting, I got very good to superb results every time. Taking a shot of the more finicky and flighty of our cats, the camera got its subject quickly and in a rather charming pose, thanks to the 1/15-second shutter speed and f 3.8 aperture setting. There was more than enough data in the photo to allow Apple's iPhoto software to let me retouch the picture to remove some reflected light from the cat's eyes. Result: a portrait I believe is worthy of a professional studio, without the hassles of, well, herding a cat to go there.

I generally appreciated the 3-inch LCD display, which can fold out from the camera and be positioned to allow for shooting from a variety of angles. I wish it were easier to switch between the digital viewfinder and LCD display - there's a button to press, true, but the response sometimes seemed a tad sluggish. The built-in flash, by contrast, responded quickly and easily.

Time did not permit a testing of the V-Lux 2's much advertised capability of shooting video in "1080i-AVCHD Full HD," a format which Leica says requires a special version of Adobe's Photoshop Elements to best edit and export. But digital SLRs shooting HD of some stripe is a coming trend, so I'll take Leica at their word for now.

All told, the V-Lux 2 offers a lot of power for the money - other, tonier Leica models cost double and triple this camera's price - and those who value both quality in photography and the cachet of the Leica name are not likely to be disappointed. More information is available online at http://bit.ly/enHGTD.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.


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