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Randy Benter: Does the lens have filter threads?

What is the estimated release date?

The X 113 is in Leica boutiques and dealers right now. On the LUF someone just called their dealer and it should be with delivered before the weekend!

The lens does have filter threads, although the diameter is unknown at this time.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 05:16 UTC
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Ben O Connor: ─░ts like rolex watch. Surely there are multi functional army watches by far better priced from Casio
Or there are thousand other car brands. No need the drive Rolls-Royce ...

IT - IS - A -UNIQUE - LUXURY- ITEM !!!

I also don't see ANY logic to buy something exact same than Panasonic models. But this one is UNIQUE !

This camera is not a rebadged Panasonic like the D-Lux, the X 113 is an entirely Leica product.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 04:27 UTC
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stevens37y: It is exacly the same as the Panasonic LX100:
+ red dot sticked
- grip not sticked (probably you can buy it for extra $$$)

extra Lightroom is only $139

No, Panasonic doesn't use DNG. I have three recent Panasonics and they all write to Panasonic's proprietary rw2 files. It's doubtful that the LX100 now uses DNG.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 04:25 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: This camera is so good it is even worth Leica prices. If Panasonic charged Leica prices for the LX100 people would still buy it. Just wait till all of the LX100s sell out instantly. The Leica option will start to become more appealing instead of a 3 month wait for the back ordered LX100s.

That's not a bad point, but I wonder just how popular the Pana will be in the grander scheme of camera sales. On DPR you'll see lots of people placing preorders and rushing to the stores, but is that reflected in the larger camera buying public? Will the LX100 really be in such demand that supply is limited for the first several months?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 04:23 UTC
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Just another Canon shooter: I would rather buy the EOS M +22/2 and pocket $2K.

Of course you would. You're just another Canon shooter.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 04:34 UTC

It will be interesting to see how the price gap changes over time. The Leica will probably stay close to retail for longer than the Panasonic, although demand for the Pana may keep prices up for longer than usual. Even though the LX7 was sold at deep discounts not too long after being released, I don't think the same will happen with the LX100.

Nevertheless, the Pana will most likely drop in price sooner, and by a greater amount, than the Leica. Then we'll see how much Lightroom, a three year warranty, and Leica styling are worth by comparison.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 04:07 UTC as 33rd comment
On Photokina 2014: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X100T article (87 comments in total)
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Valiant Thor: Ken Rockwell says it's the best compact camera ever! Weeeee . . .

Rockwell doesn't review cameras. He blesses them, and they break all sales records and pass gracefully into photographic history, while still commanding exorbitant resale prices. Such is the power of the mighty Rockwell.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 02:02 UTC
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Peiasdf: You can get an used RX1 for this price and that's FF + Zeiss f/2.0.

Your implied message is that the Zeiss lenses are better than Leica. Zeiss lenses are excellent, but the equivalent Leica lenses usually perform better. It remains to be seen how the X lens does, though.

The X uses the same body as the X Vario, which handles beautifully and feels great in the hand. The RX1 feels weirdly unbalanced by comparison, unless you add a grip.

I agree that a used RX1 seems like better value, but haptics and ergonomics play a large part in how you bond with a camera.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 01:57 UTC
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kwa_photo: Hmmm....the rebranding continues. At least the rebranding isn't as crazy as what Hassy does :-) This one does have a nice overall look to it. Ergonomically, the LX100 looks nicer. Is it worth the premium? Who knows.

The Hassy rebranding is atrocious. As for value, it depends on who is buying, and for what purpose. It's 'only' $300 more than the LX100, but you get a free copy of Lightroom, a three year warranty, Leica cosmetic looks and somewhat better resale value. I don't see any direct photographic advantages, though.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 01:49 UTC
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yonsarh: does this camera has different image processer than LX100 ?

Most likely not. The Panasonic rebadges have always been essentially Panasonic hardware inside with Leica cosmetic styling, as well as Leica-style menus and jpeg processing. The hardware itself is the same.

If you're looking for a camera with a processor unique to Leica, you'd need to examine the X, X-E, and X Vario.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 01:46 UTC
On DPReview in Cologne: We're at Photokina! article (13 comments in total)

Have a great time, folks!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 08:20 UTC as 9th comment

The original 14/2.5 is a surprisingly good lens, and makes the GM1 a very compact and discreet street camera. Refreshing the design really ought to be accompanied by performance increases, but we can't have everything. Panasonic are busily creating cameras that have industry-leading 4K video and groundbreaking fixed-lens cameras, so we can't complain too much.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 08:13 UTC as 2nd comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (965 comments in total)
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Jacques Cornell: I'm wondering why they went with an m43 sensor rather than the very nice 1" sensor found in the FZ1000. The latter would have matched the FZ1000 and allowed a larger aperture and/or longer zoom range in a same-size package.

Because they gain better image quality and allow for multi-aspect ratio shooting.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 00:44 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (965 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: The most important thing to remember about the LX100 is not just that it has a bigger sensor but it also has larger pixels. Most companies are cramming 20+ megapixels into their 1 inch sensors. This 4/3 of an inch sensor only has 17 megapixels.

The low light capabilities of this camera should be outstanding.

I agree that the low light capabilities should be excellent, but not considerably better than a 16mp m43 body. We're talking about a 16+mp 4/3 sensor which is fairly standard, not a huge pixel anomaly like the Sony A7s 12mp full frame sensor.

At best, the low light capabilities will be like a GM1 or GH4 with a f1.7 lens. Maybe a bit better if they improve the processor.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 23:46 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (965 comments in total)
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ThatCamFan: So basically what they are saying:

"It has got a micro four thirds sensor but it has been downsized to delivering images that are more on a level with a 1" sensor"

This is completely pointless, if the Micro four thirds sensor would have been FULLY used then I would of thought about it, but this is just stupid. Stick a 1" in there or USE the sensor size that is IN the camera to your ADVANTAGE, you are NOT doing that.

Sigh. The LX100 is rather like the DX mode in Nikon full frame cameras that allows you to shoot Nikon aps-c lenses on a full frame body. Same as aps-c E-mount lenses on full frame Sony A bodies.

DX mode gives an aps-c sized crop of the full frame image, resulting in full frame dynamic range, light gathering, high ISO and fine tonal gradation, but with cropped resolution and aps-c depth of field characteristics.

The LX100 works the same way. You should get m43 dynamic range, light gathering, high ISO and tonal gradations, but with less resolution, and slightly longer depth of field. IOW, m43 image quality with longer depth of field.

Or to put it yet another way. It's a crop of a 4/3 sensor. You're not losing any image quality apart from resolution and depth of field control. Colour, high ISO, dynamic range etc ought to be the same as a m43 camera.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 23:42 UTC
On Zeiss launches Loxia full frame lenses for Sony E-mount article (268 comments in total)

Interesting that Zeiss have determined the Sony full frame E-mount system to be viable enough to create a whole new lens line, and that the market for manual focus lenses with declickable aperture is also enough.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 03:23 UTC as 41st comment | 7 replies
On Zeiss launches Loxia full frame lenses for Sony E-mount article (268 comments in total)
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white shadow: Excellent news for those who are considering buying a Sony full frame Alpha system. Lets hope the built and image quality is similar or better than the ZE and ZF range as the pricing appear to be similar.

Now, we can look forward to consider buying a Sony a7R body.

That's a really good point about build quality. I have a number of ZM lenses and at least half of them have developed loose front barrels and focus rings over only a few years. Not what I was expecting from expensive lenses from Zeiss.

Ironically, I also have a number of Voigtlander lenses which were made in the same factory and sell for about half the price of their Zeiss counterparts, and none of them have the mechanical issues of the ZM lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 02:58 UTC
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Peiasdf: Wow, for the price of these adapter, might as well pick up an extra Rebel SL1 when you want to shoot Canon lenses.

@ bigley Ling - Yes, the SL1 will be better than a Speedbooster on a m43 body for fast and continuous AF. But someone who is buying the Speedbooster is not looking for those capabilities.

It's like saying that a Ferrari will accelerate way faster than a Toyota Landcruiser. Of course it will. And someone buying the Landcruiser is not going to want to use it to blast down the autobahn, they want to pack loads of gear and go offroad, something you can't do with a Ferrari.

It seems that a number of DPReview readers don't get what the Speedbooster is for. It's not for stills photographers. It's not for Canon users who want a change in bodies. It's for film makers who already have EF glass and want to take advantage of this wonderful glass with the superior video capabilties of m43 cameras like the GH3, GH4 and Blackmagic Cinema cams.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2014 at 07:16 UTC
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Peiasdf: Wow, for the price of these adapter, might as well pick up an extra Rebel SL1 when you want to shoot Canon lenses.

@ bigley Ling - the whole point of the Speedbooster is to maximize use of EF lenses for video on m43 cameras. The SL1 is nowhere near the same league as the GH4 for video quality and functionality. Someone who buys the EF-m43 Speedbooster is VERY unlikely to buy an entry level Canon DSLR for video purposes.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2014 at 08:47 UTC
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Peiasdf: Wow, for the price of these adapter, might as well pick up an extra Rebel SL1 when you want to shoot Canon lenses.

This adapter is aimed at those videographers who already have Canon lenses, and want to use them with m43 cameras. And this adapter would not exist were it not for this market asking Metabones for a viable EF-m43 Speedbooster. The SL1 has none of the benefits of a GH3 or GH4 and would be completely superfluous to someone who uses m43 as their primary video capture system.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2014 at 05:49 UTC
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