My First Leica - The Leica X1

February 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The Leica X1

I took delivery of this small camera in January 2014. The idea was, this would be my small "pocket" camera that would  join may bag full of Nikon's.

So, in the "pocket" it went, i jumped on an aeroplane and travelled to sunny South Africa, i was super keen to return with an SD card full of delightful photographs. I returned, popped SD into my Mac..... opened the photographs, and my jaw proceeded to drop. I picked up my jaw and i immediately put all my Nikons up for sale.

Why you might be asking? Simple, the "Leica Look". I finally could see what all Leica Photographers were banging on about. Is is difficult to explain the "Leica Look", However i think i have a good interpretation of it:

Leica Look - It is like watching a Hollywood Movie, pressing pause of any given scene. Step back and you will see a cinemtatic look, 3D pop, accurate colours. Almost a Medium Format film (120 film) look. This is the photographs Leica Cameras produce.

So, i was sold. Flogged all my digital gear and film cameras

Leica X1 Specs

I am not a specs guy, i understand all the facts and figures, however i prefer spending my time shooting. However, lets remind ourselves of the Leica X1 specs:

Leica X1 is a compact fixed-lens, large-sensor digital camera by Leica. The pre-production model was released in September 2009.

Leica X1 uses an APS-C (23.6 mm × 15.8 mm) format CMOS sensor with 12.2 megapixels (4272 × 2856 pixels, 3:2 aspect ratio). Fixed 24 mm/2.8 prime lens, equivalent to 36 mm focal length for a 35 mm camera, contains 8 elements in 6 groups. The lens extends to working position on power-up and retracts on power-down.

The camera is retro-styled, mimicking Leica rangefinder cameras of the past and the digital Leica M9, in a substantially smaller package sized 60 mm × 124 mm × 32 mm and weighing approximately 315 grams (11.1 oz) with battery. It is equipped with a flash hot shoe and a manually operated built-in flash, although the latter has guide number of only 5, considerably smaller than that of built-in flashes of entry-level DSLRs.

ok....... enough words.....

Conclusion & Photographs

The X1 is slow and not very easy to use (by 2017 standards). There are certainly much better cameras (on paper) compared to the X1, even from other camera companies. 

But ! Wow, just look at these photographs!

 

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Thanks! Enjoy your day.

Brian

 

 

 


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