Thoughts after my first day with my new (okay slightly used) X1

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Thoughts after my first day with my new (okay slightly used) X1
Apr 7, 2012

I decided not to wait on the purchase, and got a Leica certified used X1 from a camera shop for $1495. Seemed like the used prices were going up after it was officially discontinued, and I didn't feel like waiting perhaps a year for the replacement.

Here are my thoughts so far:

1. Awesome image quality. I'm an optics guy, kind of a fanatic about IQ, and have generally never been satisfied with the cameras that I've owned. Now I'm happy.

2. I love the controls, the camera gives me quick access to everything I need and it just gets out of the way when shooting.

3. Autofocus is slow, but not unbearably so... I took it out with my son to the playground, I figured what test could be more difficult than shooting a speeding 5 year old? I got some really nice images, below is one of them and a 100% crop. Resolving individual cat hairs on his coat while he's going down a slide? I'll take that.

4. Metering in bright light was problematic, the camera kept washing out the highlights. I'll have to work on a more manual approach, although it's tough when much of what I shoot is my son. And he never slows down.

5. JPG's out of the camera are awesome. I've been shooting raw with it, I have Photoshop CS5 and yet in a lot of ways I struggle to match the JPG outputs. I thought it was a drawback at first that the camera forces you to record JPG's while shooting raw, but now I'm glad it does because it gives me a benchmark to compare against when post-processing. (I've almost always shot JPG's with my D90 so this whole raw thing is new to me).

c&c appreciated, although be kind because these come after just a couple hours learning the camera.

gary

P.S. My MINI is black with a gray roof, and red trim because it's an S. Definitely time for a Leica sticker

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