Carbon111: I think its funny that just because Leica has released this stupid little Vario-X camera (that only pilots and dentists will buy), folks have come popping out of the woodwork, frothing at the mouth and decrying *all* Leica gear as overpriced crap. The Ms (the *real* ones mind you ^_^) are absolutely superbly engineered and constructed quality machines and, as a bonus, they're mated to the best glass in the industry.
I think it has more to do with the fact that with this camera Leica is essentially making an arrogant statement that it can sell anything for any price purely based on it having a red dot.
I love Leica rangefinders, but this camera is more like an insult. If they want to be a high end brand with a sense of exclusivity, that's great, but at least bring out a high end product. Why not couple this body to a tri-elmar-like lens, build in a decent EVF and use a digital split image focus aid? That would have made it a "mini-M" to some extend.
I like Leica and would still love to own a nice M2 at some point in the future, but if this is real Leica badly needs a reality check. The exclusivity of the Leica brand is not an excuse to just build any type of camera and slap a red dot on it. With Fuji offering a high(er) end alternative at half the price, Leica needs to step up and prove its exclusivity with compelling products. This feels like the opposite.
Wyville: Would love to see this lens more widely available so we can get some reviews on it. It looks like a great lens.
Any chance Sigma will update their tele primes to 'S' spec?
It would be great to have an alternative to the Canon 300L IS II, which is very expensive. Getting the build quality and customizability of the Sports category would make the Sigma a serious alternative.
Would love to see this lens more widely available so we can get some reviews on it. It looks like a great lens.
I don't really see the difference between this and a diamond encrusted watch. Why are people getting so excited over an obvious luxury good aimed at oil sheikhs and Chinese billionaires?
So it's not for us, it's not our style, and it's something completely different? Well, hooray for those who do like it.
Mike Yorkshire: Too many negative people writing comments, many of whom have never shot with a rangefinder camera and probably never with a Leica. Why moan about the LCD when all you really do there is to see if you framed the photograph properly? Why compare it with the Digilux series which are Panasonics?
It is a niche camera - not for the guys struggling around with a Canon 1 or a Nikon D4 and 10 long lenses to take pictures of the local ballgame. A Leica and a modest range of lenses is going to cost you maybe $10-15,000. You don't have to buy it. You don't have to like it. You don't even have to acknowledge its existence. But for those who appreciate the simplicity of the camera and like to take pictures, it is a new and less expensive option. Why not leave it at that?
PS - no I can't afford it either
There are often negative responses when it comes to Leica.
I won't be buying this one any time soon, but I greatly appreciate that Leica has made this move.
Wyville: There have been a lot of interesting new products lately, but this one is the most interesting for me. Finally an ultra wide angle landscape prime for APS-C users!
I'm starting to like Samyang very much!
@marzal I agree that the quality of the Nikkor and Canon zooms is great, and the money is not that important for me. I simply like this lens because it's the first UWA landscape prime for APS-C. I would love to see the others pick up on this and make their own 10mm.
There have been a lot of interesting new products lately, but this one is the most interesting for me. Finally an ultra wide angle landscape prime for APS-C users!
Even though I switched to Canon, I think Nikon have done very well with this one. The specs look pretty good; a well balanced, general use, full frame DSLR at a great price.
mgrum: To everyone who thinks it's a stupid move to go up against the 135 f/2.0L - Zeiss are making this lens for different mounts, not just Canon. Thus there are many people for which the 135L is not an option!
That still leaves the ZE mount as an investment for which there would be no return. No, the Zeiss will have its own merits as they have always had.
A good manual focus lens is still of great value to those who are interested in video, and the Zeiss rendering is always very nice (be it sometimes personal).
harrisoncac: Why this instead of NEX-7?
Obviously the styling will be an important factor for people when they decide between this and a NEX-7. Both great cameras with very different styles.
Lens choice is another aspect. Fuji will have 14, 18, 23, 27, 35, 56 and 60mm primes, as well as a relatively large aperture standard zoom, an f/4 ultra wide angle zoom, and a pretty decent tele zoom, all somewhere during the next year. That is a great set of lenses for a system that is still very young.
Cane: Why do they keep designing these for old people looking for that nostalgic feeling in their electronics? We won't see the New Sony Bravia flat screen tv's coming out with wood veneer cabinets around them, will we?
So? Buy Sony, or Samsung, or Olympus, or Panasonic, or Pentax, or Canon, or Nikon. Plenty of choices to suit pretty much everyone's needs.
I prefer the choices made by Fuji. Prefer it over Leica actually, despite loving their rangefinders and quality. Fuji makes a simple, classic camera with a modern take. Something that begs to be used and has all the important dials in the right place.
Fuji are doing a great job. This is a very nice body and with the primes already offered and those coming next year, it makes a great travel option to compliment a DSLR.