Leica X1

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  1. kreuzberg macrumors member

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    This is Leica's latest addition to their range that was supposed to be announced on 9th September but has been leaked early.

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    I absolutely love the look of it including the quirky features like the circular pop up flash. The specs look pretty impressive too with a 12MP APS-C sensor and 24mm f2.8 fixed lens. The only downside I can think of is that I'm sure the price is suitable Leica-esque...
     
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  3. toxic macrumors 68000

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    if it's truly APS-C, rather than -H like on the M8, it could actually be somewhat affordable...but I'd want something faster than f/2.8. oh well, can't get everything.
     
  4. radu.grozescu macrumors newbie

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    But for a fixed lens solution, one could expect an optical viewfinder, even for an AF camera.
     
  5. kreuzberg thread starter macrumors member

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    I wouldn't have thought an optical viewfinder was expected as none of its closest rivals (Sigma DP1 and DP2, Panasonic GF-1 and Olympus E-P1) have one either. As far as I can see it is impossible to fit an optical viewfinder in a camera that small without making too big to be a compact camera or hideously ugly (*cough* G10). As long as it has a good 460k or 920k res screen it will be fine for the market its aimed at, mainly being someone's 2nd/3rd or maybe even 4th camera or just as an expensive toy.

    That said, I still would'nt say no to one...
     
  6. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I too would have thought a 1.8 would have been on there not a 2.8. Considering it's a fixed lens and a Leica ... well anyway.
     
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    I agree completely, especially with the last sentence; Leica makes beautiful products, period. I wouldn't quite go so far as to call them the Apple of the photography world, (and I'm an Apple fan) but the design factor, ergonomics and the sheer quality of the photos tend to make them pretty irresistible, if still fairly unaffordable.

    Cheers and good luck
     
  8. leighonigar macrumors 6502a

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    Looks more like a mockup than a ps to me (?)
     
  9. iPhoneNYC macrumors 6502a

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    I recently purchased a D-Lux 4 and I'm very happy with the photo quality. The settings are a little weird but overall picture quality is great. The 2 - 2.8 lens on the camera is a huge improvement of the slow zoom on my previous camera. Leica seems to make baby steps in creating a great small camera and it looks like many versions will be needed -- however what is out there now is very much worth looking at.
     
  10. Pocket lint macrumors regular

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    And a real bad one at that.

    Notice the lugs: The only reason to put the lugs out in front is to balance a camera using heavy big lenses. Why on earth would Leica do that to a fixed lens-camera?

    anyway, I think the mock-up is butt-ugly. No tight fitting of anything.

    Oh, also, there's a picture of the (soon to be revealed?) M9 "leaked" with this picture. The M9 sitting next to the "X1", and on the M9 they couldn't even get the lens to sit at 90 degrees to the body, and the hot shoe sides aren't parallel (on the supposed M9, that is).

    I call fake to this. And I don't like the look of it one bit.
     
  11. El Cabong macrumors 6502a

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    Leica X1 Hands-On

    Obviously fake. They even fooled DPReview.

    Oh well. Point and laugh at me for recently getting a D-Lux 4. I'd kill for the dedicated external manual control dials that the X1 has; I hate that stupid 4-way knob on the LX3/D-Lux 4. However, I agree that the styling is pretty odd-looking (maybe not butt-ugly), and think that the D-Lux looks much nicer. They called the D-Lux 4 the "son of M8" so I guess they more fully realized the concept with the X1 looking like a miniature M9.
     
  12. kreuzberg thread starter macrumors member

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    How is it fake, it looks exactly the same?

    The only difference is the DPReview sample doesn't have the battery grip and the writing round the lens is different
     
  13. Pocket lint macrumors regular

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    Obviously we were mistaken. However, the old "leaked" picture still look like crap, whereas the newer pictures looks more "assembled".

    In any case, the X1 won't be aviable until january 2010, and if past history is anything to go by, it will be delayed. So enjoy your D-Lux 4 until then. I know I am.

    And the DPreview pictures have tighter fitting and have leather where the "original" picture shows black paint.
     
  14. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    I eat my hat.

    Now obviously the camera is real (I think the bit that threw me is the optional screw-on grip that we can see in the leaked file), but I still think that leaked image looks oddly pixellated.

    To be honest, not that impressed with Leica's releases. The M9 is shockingly expensive (and you used to think the M8 was bad...), and the X1 looks like it'll be a really expensive compact camera that'll cost more than a dSLR.
     
  15. El Cabong macrumors 6502a

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    Sarcasm, is how.
     
  16. Pikemann Urge macrumors 6502

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    Hahahaha... beautiful! If there were a reputation points system on this board I'd give you one.

    It has been poorly downsampled and for some reason looks like it was photographed with a 10Mpx compact at 800ISO with in-camera NR. There was no way it looked like a composite to me, despite that.

    But who wants a fixed-lens camera? Not I. I think Micro 4/3 is the way to go for small, high quality cameras. The X1 no doubt has a fine sensor but what's the point if the lens is fixed??

    EDIT: Leica's design is superb often enough. The M series are beautiful cameras (except the M5). I have two. :) But I prefer CV lenses for most focal lengths.
     
  17. kreuzberg thread starter macrumors member

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    huh?
     
  18. Pocket lint macrumors regular

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    He was being sarcastic when he said it was an obvious fake. Du-du-duuh!

    :p
     
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  20. iPhoneNYC macrumors 6502a

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    I don't really see the point of a camera with a fixed 35mm lens that can be changed for two grand. No matter how pretty, no matter how much it looks like an old style Leica where exactly does this camera fit in the range of what you put in your camera bag?
     
  21. Pocket lint macrumors regular

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    We all have off-days :p


    Edit:
    I sort of see the use. I spent years with a 35mm lens when I entered the world of photography. It was great when you were out and about, doing interviews and covering events.

    Of course, it depends entirely on how you work and what you take pictures of. Bird, macro, and landscape photographers would have no use for this sort of thing, neither would people who loves their zoom lenses.
     

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