I've finally caved and bought an XZ-1 - can I come back now?
For a couple of years, I've felt a bit left out here as I didn't own (or aspire to owning) and XZ-1. Not even my C-8080 made me feel comfortable among the hip gen-X(Z-1) crowd. I just hung over in the SLR forum with the big boys.
But recently, the thought of a fast and sleek take everywhere camera to replace the C-8080 kept coming back to haunt me. I love the C-8080, but it's drawbacks (bulk, slow focus, slow write speed) meant I just wasn't using it as much as it deserved, so I kept my eyes open for a good price on a used XZ-1.
The opportunity came and I've had one for about a week now. I like almost everything about it, and while I'n not over the moon with the lack of a viewfinder and am temped to get a VF-2 to go with it, that would just defeat the purpose of having something I can slip in my pocket. My only real gripe so far is how easily the mode dial shifts when it's in my bag or as I'm taking it out.
The C-8080 will have to go to a new home, I suppose. I'd like to keep it, but the reality is it won't see any use (BTW, this is not an ad, but if you're in Australia and are interested, message me).
Here's a few early efforts from one of my lunchtime walks around the western end of Melbourne.
As you know Mario, every dog has its day. The 8080 was - and in some ways still is - a pretty special beasty. But it was never really that compact, nor particularly quick at anything. So the progression towards the XZ-1 will give you the compactness and a bit more speed, and a bit more sensitivity - and the knowledge that you can use RAW when needed So its not surprising that your happy with your purchase. Definitely the sort of camera you can easily carry around with you in your coat/jacket pocket without worrying where the mobile phone and the wallet will go!:-D