RStyga: If you strip these compact X Leica cameras from the self-indulgence feeling-good consumerist delusional trick of the large elaborate packaging and monolithic old-fashioned German marketing, what remains is a well-built camera with varying (mostly mediocre) performance and lack of features at a very high price. Suit yourselves...
I own a Fuji X100, Fuji XE1 and a Leica X1. Even as I really like the Fuji bodies specially the X100, I find the files a little dull... sterile, they lack character. "The Leica look" do exists!
Being addicted for like 20 years or so, starting with my first Nikon F3, Hasselblads, Rollei, Mamiyas... then came the Epson´s R-D1, Nikons, Canons. Lumixes... too many to count, I thought I was cured of GAS (taking my iPhone 5 daily camera dosis) until this month when I bought a Leica X1 (for my wife) and then a Fuji X100 as soon as I discover the new X100-TCL 35mm teleconverter. :((
JapanAntoine: I bought the converter a week ago and can't take it off the camera: I love it!The balance is completely fine, despite the added weight and it gives a whole new flavor to the X100s. For sure, anybody owning a X100/s should seriously consider this converter.
I posted a few shots taken in various conditions here:http://www.an-chan.net/tcl-x100-test-shots/
I was ready to buy an X-E1 and then I saw your post so I ended up buying a Black X100... Now I am going to to sell my Canon 50mm and put that money down for the beauty TCL :))
The converter will give a 50mm focal lenght, but still a 23mm depth of field??
samhain: Shady.I wonder if Steve huff will comment on it...
Maybe he will say that there is a "special lens sofware correction, only achivable by Leica"
km25: I must say I AM SORRY LEICA IS NOT DICOUNTING ANY NEW LENS, I just did know how to operate the the site.
Steven Huff will love this camera. It will be the end all of any APS-C cameras. Forget about the numbers. It will be that magic Leica color and special Leica this and that. He will compare it to the Fuji X-T1. The Leica T will out perform the Fuji in Jpeg, RAW, low light and IQ. He will state that Fuji is poor optics maker no where near CZ and Leica. That the lens for Fuji are OK at best. That the CZ and Leica lens have that something special that a second level lens maker like Fujion cannot equal.I would try to say this on his web site, he would not allow my opions to be down loaded. His opion of all Fuji cameras, except for X100, is that they are average and good try from a company, who we all hope can do better. When the Leica X2 came out he was the same, about how Leica just had that special special and that was that! Personally, I think the camera will create fine images.
He already said that... And yes, he won't let you post anything that could sounds contrary to his thoughts.
tkbslc: So it really is just a ho-hum $100 18-55 zoom that they put the Leica badge on and marked it up 1400%
I have one and I think I payed like 50 bucks for it
Peter Bendheim: Leica T = All smoke and, in this case, no mirror. And I'll bet my ass those lenses are made by someone else and not in Germany. Germany has very loose rules on what constitutes using the words "Made in Germany' . A bit of web research will show you this. Leica is all about marketing.
Those kit lens looks so Lumix to me
Cani: At start I noticed the lenses looked like Panasonic G lenses...
Looks exactly my Lumix kit zoom...
mike kobal: Apple will sue.
Just a minute ago I wrote that the T is a NEX with the Jony Ive touch :))
Jogger: Looks like original Sony NEX3 in metal body.
Looks like a NEX with the Jony Ive's touch. There is nothing M or classic here, just the overprice...
richardalanfox: Leica T is the new EOS M
I paid $299 for the EOS M body and 22mm f2 lens and $99 for the 18-55, a great camera for the price.Add $35 for the Fotodiox grip and it even handles well, considering it is mostly touch screen.
Please don´t tell this to Steve Huff, he already claimed this is THE best APS-size camera ever made, and a "bargain" for a Leica!
Uninteresting edition of an already uninteresting camera...
I love it and I think is a great creative effort... I agree, the control dials on the front make little sense and would be easy to accidentally switch between AF, or MF without knowing it, but the whole concept is very worthy... I guess my perfect real-life camera would be a Fuji X-Pro1 with full frame sensor simply because I love extreme DoF shallowness.
Congratulations and thanks for sharing!
OneGuy: I read all comments here so far and have a distinct (if biased) impression that Sony has been inspired by Pana GF1 w/20mm pancake. This Pana cam does not need image stabilization and makes great 30x40 cm pics (my own testimony).
Zo, for RX1 $1k premium over GF1, it must make 40x60 cm prints routinely, be fast-kid worthy without flare, and sprint 100m under 10 seconds.
My GF1 + 20mm + VF cost me $700 and the IQ is excellent, no need to spend 3000 more on this. But I would be more than happy to put money together for a Fuji X-E1.
SantaFeBill: Wonder what the boys who priced this were smoking? Probably the same as those who did the initial pricing for the Sigma SD1, or who did the licensing agreements for the BetaMax format (remember that?).If it gets you that far from reality, perhaps I should try it. :)
I guess this camera is aimed to the same Leica X2 target, basically is "only" $500 more expensive but I guess with a much higher IQ... still I rather have a Fuji X-100 for half the price.
Cytokine: Would the senior management and product managers care to write a book on "How not to launch a new concept" I think it would sell very well, with the title "How to kill an icon in 24 hours."
My sympathy's go out to all their staff who deserve better than this. Its not the concept of working with Sony or another manufacturer, its the truly unprofessional way in which this has been done.
I do not believe that the current management team are even capable of correcting this fiasco. The mistakes are so obvious that even a junior brand manager would be appalled.
Couldn´t agree more... I should expected a digital X-Pan, or a DSLR inspired in their H-series, but this is a joke, no matter the fancy leather, or wood grip which make it looks even worst!
This is the ugliest camera ever designed... The wood grip is so "Rolls Royce"... At least Leica is not alone creating uber-expensive equipment for the rich and famous.
liptonius: I am not impressed.My GF1 brings me just as good pictures with my Nikon 35 F-.1.4 lens.
And my GF1 with the 20mm 1.7... even my Minolta MD 50mm 1.4 deliver the goods for $75dlls, basically $6925dlls cheaper than the new Summicron and mine is 1 stop faster.
pedromeyer: you don't purchase a Leica to take better pictures, any more than you buy a Rolex to get a better record of time. It's all a bunch of nonsense to discuss the unique quality of pictures made with a Leica, as most of the time, the LEICA is so slow that you will miss out on the great images, to start out with. If I compare my Canon with the Leica, the Canon runs circles around the Leica ( and I have them both). So let us be honest with ourselves, the Leica is not a very competent tool to make images. No one, I assure you, will be able to see a picture and say, well that could only have been achieved with a Leica. That might have been true, circa 1950, but today in the digital age? not a chance. Leica's business model is not about making the best cameras to take pictures, but to sell to those who enjoy the feel and quality of an almost hand made tool. A Cartier watch, if you know what I mean.
Hugo808 says: "For further information see the work of Henri Cartier Bresson"
Well, Hugo you don´t have idea of what you are saying. HCB pictures were all about "the moment" he managed to capture, not exactly by the micro-contrast, the "3D effect" and all that BS that seems to be so important these days.
“Sharpness is a bourgeois concept” – Henri Cartier Bresson