gachsan: Greetings all. I'm a Canon 7D user for quite sometime and happy about its performance overall. I have 17-55 f/2.8, 70-200 f/2.8, 10-22 and 50 f/1.4 lenses. I also bought a Fuji X10 as my pocket cam and have been impressed with its EXR and lowlight capability. Tempted to get the X-E1 (available next month in Jakarta) but yesterday I attended a Canon wshop and tried the pre-production EOS-M (available also next month with the price about the same with X-E1, maybe even a bit cheaper) and fell also for it since I can use all my lenses and it can act as my wide lens camera whenever I have my tele attached to my 7D. Now, should I go for X-E1 and invest more in X lenses or just go on get the EOS-M. Gosh, that X-E1 retro looks is really gorgeous!
Go for xe-1 you won't regret. EF lens just not for the M mount.
jj74e: the problem for me with this camera is that it is fuji's budget camera, but it still costs as much as panasonic's flagship, the gh2, which arguably will probably do a lot of things much better- weather sealed, AF, the plethora of video features, OLED screen and EVF, and more.
the x-e1 sure looks nice...but if they had to use a low spec LCD just to keep the costs down, you have to wonder what else is making it so expensive compared to so many other great cameras around the same price point.
sure its sensor is unique and it looks pretty...but uniqueness doesn't command 100% superior IQ, and looks only go so far. it's a good camera until you look at the prices for other great cameras.
XE-1 is great. Well built n compact. I can't wait to have it. I totally agree with milwman.:)
I shoot b&w film. I really love the idea that Leica make it Monochrom. For those who photography is more meaning to you. YES, go for it. :)
rameish: Am surprised they didn't do a Kodachrome Leica :-) Nice camera I'm sure but way too rich for my blood. If I had the money I'm sure I get this or an MP with Leica Glass. After all you only live once.
Really, you live once. it's a pleasure to have Leica. i'm not so rich but i want to buy it.
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.
some part i agree with you, but when u know how to focus with Leica. it's really great and precise focusing. it's not Rolex, but it captured memories of live.