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Leica unveils X2 16MP premium large-sensor compact

By dpreview staff on May 10, 2012 at 19:00 GMT
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Leica has announced the X2, a 16MP APS-C compact camera with a fixed 36mm equivalent F2.8 lens. The camera is an updated version of its X1, with the biggest changes being the use of a 16.2MP CMOS sensor and the addition of an accessory socket for adding an optional 1.44M dot 'Viso-Flex' electronic viewfinder. An add-on handgrip is also available. Leica says it has improved the autofocus system (one of our biggest criticisms of the X1), but has retained the rather low-resolution 230,000 dot rear LCD. The X2 has a list price of $1,995.00.

The optional Viso-Flex is visually near-identical to the Olympus VF-2 viewfinder, which uses a full 1.44m dot Epson LCD panel, rather than the Panasonic LVF2, which uses a field-sequential display (updating one color after another), to offer the equivalent of 1.44m dots.

Andy Westlake has reported on the X2's AF performance, based on his use of a pre-production camera at Leica's press event in Berlin:

'Our initial impressions are that the X2 feels improved in a couple of key areas. Autofocus is rather faster, especially in low light, and while it may not match the very fastest around it should be fast enough for most purposes. The top-plate dials have also been improved, with more-positive click stops. The clean lines of the original are slightly spoiled by the top-plate 'hump' to accomodate the EVF port, but that plug-in 'Visoflex' viewfinder shoould make the camera far more useable in bright light.'

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Press Release:

LEICA X2: THE NEXT GENERATION OF THE LEICA COMPACT DIGITAL CAMERA

Solms, Germany (May 10, 2012) - Leica Camera AG presents the X2, a new addition to the X-line of compact digital cameras. Handmade at Leica’s headquarters in Germany, the Leica X2 features a new APS-C-format professional CMOS image sensor with over 16.5 megapixels (effective 16.2 MP). In combination with the high-performance Leica Elmarit 24 mm f/2.8 ASPH. lens, a classic focal length for photojournalism, this sensor ensures maximum image quality and sparkling brilliance. With its refined styling and high-performance technical features, the Leica X2 offers unsurpassed performance in a compact package.

The Leica X2’s autofocus system has also been enhanced, allowing the camera to adapt to all shooting situations with enormous flexibility and enabling fast, extremely precise and almost silent focusing. The camera’s profile is complemented by numerous setting options from full manual control to automatic functions and an intuitive handling concept. These features make the Leica X2 the ideal premium-class compact camera for discerning photographers who wish to concentrate completely on their subjects and appreciate creative and true-to-life pictures.

The CMOS image sensor of the X2 is unusually large for a camera in the compact segment. Despite its high resolution of over 16 megapixels, each individual pixel on the sensor is very large, allowing the X2 to gather more light. The resulting benefits include low image noise, a high dynamic range and accurate color differentiation. The crop factor of the sensor is 1.5 in comparison with 35-mm film format, meaning that the Leica Elmarit 24 mm f/2.8 ASPH. lens of the Leica X2 becomes a universal reportage lens with an effective 35-mm-equivalent focal length of 36 millimeters. This is considered to be a classic focal length amongst prime lenses and has captured innumerable iconic images. The moderate wide-angle character and natural rendition of dimensions by the high-performance lens of the X2 open up a broad spectrum of different options for capturing those decisive moments in outstanding, authentic and richly detailed picture quality.

As a result of its simple operating concept, the Leica X2 offers clearly laid-out functions and intuitive handling. At the same time, it offers an impressive range of automatic and versatile manual setting options. Thanks to the ease of switching between manual and automatic control, photographers can concentrate completely on composing their subjects and choosing the decisive instant to shoot in any situation. The dials on the top deck provide grip when setting the shutter speed and aperture. Moreover, changing the plane of focus, the white balance and other imaging parameters allows photographers to consciously influence the look or mood of their images. In live view mode, the generously sized high-contrast 2.7" monitor offers photographers complete control at all times and a bright and detailed view, even in strong light.

The features offered by the Leica X2 provide greater creative freedom and a wide range of photographic options. For instance, the Leica X2’s large sensor and fast lens make it ideal for shooting in available light. The camera also features a pop-up flash that can be activated whenever an additional light source is required. If more lighting power and flexibility are required, the accessory shoe of the X2 offers full compatibility with the Leica SF 24D and SF 58 system flash units.

The Leica X2 is characterized by clear lines and an intensely focused design concept. The linearity of its design and its compact, handy form are reminiscent of the Leica M-cameras. This, in combination with its robust, all-metal construction and premium, high-grip leather trim makes the X2 a classic Leica camera in both looks and feel. The camera is available in a discreet black or elegant silver finish.

An extensive range of accessories is also available to adapt the Leica X2 to each photographer’s individual photographic needs and style. A new offering is the Viso-Flex high-resolution electronic accessory finder with 1.4 megapixels and a 90° swivel function for shooting from unusual angles. Also available is a bright-line mirror finder that can be mounted on the accessory shoe and ensures a bright and clear view at all times, with no drain on the camera battery. An accessory handgrip increases the hold and stability of the camera and makes it easier to shoot one-handed. Leica continues to offer a comprehensive range of bags and cases: a premium-quality black leather case to match the elegance of the X2, an ergonomically designed camera protector in untreated leather, an ever-ready case in organically tanned cowhide to protect the camera during use and a system bag that offers more room for the camera and a range of accessories.

Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom®, a professional digital workflow solution for Apple Mac® OS X and Microsoft Windows®, is also included in the X2 package. This digital image processing software offers a wide range of functions for the management, processing and presentation of digital images. Leica X2 customers can download the software free from the Leica website after registering their camera.

The Leica X2 is available now through Leica dealers including the Leica Store Washington DC. The optional accessories will be available after the market launch of the camera.

Leica X2 specifications

Price
MSRP$1,995 / £1,575 (inc VAT)
Body type
Body typeLarge sensor compact
Sensor
Max resolution4928 x 3264
Other resolutions4944 x 3272, 4288 x 2856, 3264 x 2160, 2144 x1424, 1632 x 1080
Image ratio w:h3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
Image
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12500
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes (2)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Standard
File format
  • DNG + JPEG super fine
  • DNG + JPEG fine
  • JPEG (Super Fine/ Fine)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)36 mm
Optical zoom1×
Maximum apertureF2.8
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Single
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range30 cm (11.81)
Macro focus range30 cm (11.81)
Number of focus points11
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size2.7
Screen dots230,000
Touch screenNo
Live viewNo
Viewfinder typeElectronic (optional)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program (P)
  • Aperture priority (A)
  • Shutter priority (S)
  • Manual (M)
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
External flashYes (with Leica SF 24D, Leica SF 58 flash units)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync, Studio
Continuous drive5 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 12 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
MicrophoneNone
SpeakerNone
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC card
Storage included110 MB
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes
Remote controlNo
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)450
Weight (inc. batteries)345 g (0.76 lb / 12.17 oz)
Dimensions124 x 69 x 52 mm (4.88 x 2.72 x 2.05)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPSNone

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Optional Viso-Flex viewfinder Optional Viso-Flex viewfinder
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Comments

Total comments: 208
12
johneriutta
By johneriutta (May 11, 2012)

The electronic viewfinder was precisely what the predecessor to this model was lacking. With it the camera realizes the latent potential of the original X1 design.

2 upvotes
photo perzon
By photo perzon (May 11, 2012)

The X1 has many advantages over the Fuji X100:
-better colors
-Leica "pop" 3D effect
-no distortion
-much more accurate focus
-30% lighter and 30% smaller
-Steve Huff wrote 5 articles comparing the X100 and the X1.

It is a different camera. My only problem is the LCD resolution, it begs the question...how can they justify that?

Comment edited 45 seconds after posting
4 upvotes
Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (May 11, 2012)

Yes, and a $1,000 worth extra red badge too. :)

1 upvote
Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (May 11, 2012)

Also, Steve Huff prefers f2.8 to f2 because hair on his legs, which he often photographs in his meticulous tests, looks sharper and more manly.

15 upvotes
unknown member
By (unknown member) (May 11, 2012)

Fuji colors crush Leica like a bug.

And the X100's LCD has TWICE the number of dots as the X1's. Pathetic.

And the viewfinder is laughable on the Leica.

And the cost.

What a joke.

7 upvotes
plasnu
By plasnu (May 11, 2012)

I don't need $1000 badge, so please release non badged version for $1000.

Comment edited 24 seconds after posting
4 upvotes
Krapulaxx
By Krapulaxx (May 11, 2012)

I bought an X1, I bought the X100.... and I keep only the last one.

5 upvotes
JacquesBalthazar
By JacquesBalthazar (May 11, 2012)

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Comment edited 1 minute after posting
0 upvotes
dudu_307
By dudu_307 (May 11, 2012)

- Leica "pop" 3D effect.. Please, give me a break...

3 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (May 11, 2012)

I'm sure everyone here has seen the X10 vs X100 shootout. Didn't see any 3D just the X100 producing better images.

http://www.fujix-forum.com/index.php?/topic/145-x100-forum-x100-vs-x1-shootout-is-here/

1 upvote
snake_b
By snake_b (May 11, 2012)

Photo Person cited this just last week to me on the forums.

Every company has their people that say "[brand x] colors!", as if no one else has them, and more importantly, as if post processing didn't exist.

one of the funniest posts I've seen was the one where someone blind posted iPhone and Leica shots and few, if any, could tell.

There is no unique "Leica Pop 3D effect", whatever that is. If one means a combo of good, fast lenses and a large sensor, then everyone has one out there.

Focus has yet to be proven and I'm positive the X200 will have its chance, as will many others.

0 upvotes
nico-foto
By nico-foto (May 11, 2012)

I wonder if you have actually used an x100 to begin with. Its focus is as accurate as it gets, and the lens is sharp right from f/2.

3 upvotes
Emacs23
By Emacs23 (May 11, 2012)

The leica lens is better for sure: http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2011/05/23/my-leica-x1-and-fuji-x100-comparison-photos-and-my-thoughts/

1 upvote
SETI
By SETI (May 11, 2012)

Who is Steve Huff? Seal's friend, Leica fanboy... but I can't say he's a photographer

1 upvote
Gesture
By Gesture (May 11, 2012)

Check Leica Forum for a link to an excellent review with images.

0 upvotes
ljmac
By ljmac (May 11, 2012)

You still get a massively out of date and under specified rear LCD for 2 grand? I'm sorry Leica, but times have moved on since the X1 was released - we now have several excellent small cameras with equal or superior IQ as well as interchangeable lenses, and at far cheaper prices. Now more than ever, you're paying a hell of a lot for the red dot tax.

4 upvotes
cgarrard
By cgarrard (May 12, 2012)

I look at it two ways. For the price you'd expect a better screen- seems natural.

I also think that the screen is more than adequate for playback and review for most shooters. I'm using a few cameras with a 2.5" 230K screen (some less pixels than that) and doing just fine.

Perhaps Leica don't want to compromise handling with a larger screen, perhaps they too think it is adequate. Perhaps they want to emphasize more work being put into doing the photograph right the first time (composition, etc) than massaging a beautiful LCD screen.

It's hard to say, the screen issue though doesn't bug me. The high price and lack of built in finder or small range zoom does however. I'd never buy an X series in its current configuration.

0 upvotes
cgarrard
By cgarrard (May 11, 2012)

Leica, re-release the Digilux 2 with the beautiful 28-90mm f2-2.4 lens- put in a new modern sensor and nicer EVF/LCD on the back, slightly update the menu system, and leave everything else the same as the previous Digilux 2- and you will have a SERIOUS winner/seller on your hands.

Just do it Leica, instead of this camera. Built in EVF's are the way to go, not those big fat ugly looking things on top that ruin the compact size and beautiful lines of the X2.

Just do it.

Carl

7 upvotes
Klarno
By Klarno (May 11, 2012)

Here's what I want Leica to do now:

Make an M series rangefinder.
Put in a CMOS sensor capable of live view, such as the sensor used in the D800E.
Add a connection to use this so-called "visoflex" EVF.
Use an electronic connection to the rangefinder cam to tell the camera to magnify the image while focusing when using live view with the visoflex.
Add a PC sync flash connection to the camera body.
Call it the M10.

Now THAT would kick ass. But it might also kill the S2.

0 upvotes
Skipper494
By Skipper494 (May 11, 2012)

Why no viewfinder built-in? The old Leicas had one, complete with full frame sensors called film.

5 upvotes
Edmond Leung
By Edmond Leung (May 11, 2012)

The price looks very attractive.

2 upvotes
Catalin Enache
By Catalin Enache (May 11, 2012)

yeah, right.....add 200$ and get X-Pro 1, better in every possible way, plus you get a system, not a fixed lens camera....c'mon, get real.

Comment edited 21 seconds after posting
1 upvote
Edmond Leung
By Edmond Leung (May 11, 2012)

Catalin Enache,
I like the X-Pro 1 too!
But Fuji is Fuji, and Leica is Leica. I like the image quality of X-Pro 1. But Leica's craftsmanship is far better than Fuji.

4 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (May 11, 2012)

Nice craftsmanship with 230,000 dot LCD. And like the X100 was vs the X1, the X-Pro1 IQ will be better here as well. And for the price of what is offered here, the craftsmanship should be better. Not sure it is in this case, but the price/performance of the Fuji is higher. X2 != M9.

0 upvotes
Samtendo 64
By Samtendo 64 (May 11, 2012)

Yeah, such fine craftmanship with a ten year old Made in China LCD, a rebadged three year old Made in China EVF and a common off-the-shelf sensor that you can have in many other cameras on the market.

Leica sheep are so pathetic they buy rebadged old technology with a Leica sticker and think they get fine German craftmanship.

5 upvotes
Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (May 11, 2012)

Or perhaps they've tried not to give any extra attention and spend any more $ into the M and X systems for now, therefore used same old (proven) components, and have spend more time, attention and $ in development an all new camera system altogether.
Which will be announced later...

1 upvote
maxnimo
By maxnimo (May 11, 2012)

Now if this camera was covered in soft and luxurious rabbit fur I'd pay $20,000 for it.

2 upvotes
JacquesBalthazar
By JacquesBalthazar (May 11, 2012)

Aww... What an anti-climax on this one. Basically, the body is a Sony NEX5n in retro garb (with nice "analog" control dials), without the great video, without manual focus aids, without a proper LCD and without the functionality gadgets.. Or a wildly under-speced Fuji X100 with a 16MP sensor.
The lens is more than a full stop slower (but much smaller) than Nex's CZ 24, with absolutely no quality advantage and no near macro focus (30cm at that FL is not "macro").
I loved the X1 design though, and owned one, and this is the same but "uglied" by that additional slab beneath the flash mount to accommodate ugly EVF. Good that they upgraded AF a bit and stiffened up the dials and flash.
The price hike is absolutely unjustifiable though.
Still, apart from the X100, it remains the only really compact APS option with a 35 equiv focal length.
If Sony or Sigma produced a f2.8 24mm "pancake" for Nex, or if Ricoh launched a A16/35 GXR module, this X2 would have absolutely zero justification.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
5 upvotes
villagranvicent
By villagranvicent (May 11, 2012)

You forgot to mention that on top of the NEX body they put an Olympus finder, don't even bother in design something new ad-hoc to the X1 minimalist approach... My GF1+EVF+20mm 1.7 can give this cam a good run for only $700dlls...

2 upvotes
pdelux
By pdelux (May 11, 2012)

hahahahahahahahahah

serisouly

hahahahahahahahaha

Just kidding. I guess this is a matter of form over function, as are most status symbols..... Leica is doing something right (for their shareholders) cause people are buying these, but probably the same pepole who Buy real Louis Vuitton luggage.

2 upvotes
brkl
By brkl (May 11, 2012)

What a hack job.

1 upvote
Paul Storm
By Paul Storm (May 11, 2012)

i waited for this, and honestly, a bit of a let down - a slow and unimaginative rollout. was hoping for a faster lens as that is their unsurpassed core advantage.

ordered the OMD-5.

3 upvotes
wattoinni
By wattoinni (May 11, 2012)

Leica have his own style, why the viewfinder look like Olympus and bulky.

0 upvotes
Jefftan
By Jefftan (May 11, 2012)

A $2000 camera with this screen
Screen size 2.7"
Screen dots 230,000

Leica is treating customers like idiot
Ridiculous!
A $200 camera may have better screen

11 upvotes
pdelux
By pdelux (May 11, 2012)

A small screen so they can Claim unrivaled IQ, cause you cant really see it =)

6 upvotes
Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (May 11, 2012)

The LCD from my old 20D from 2004 wasn't much worse than this. LOL. Epic fail.

3 upvotes
unknown member
By (unknown member) (May 11, 2012)

A $200 camera **WILL** have a better screen. A much better one.

3 upvotes
Gesture
By Gesture (May 11, 2012)

Thanks for quick post of Leica news. Even if limited sales, the monochrome camera is interesting. Maybe, have Ralph Gibson, Bruce Davidson, Mary Ellen Mark et al try it out.

1 upvote
Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (May 11, 2012)

It is all about "going back in time" philosophy, "when the world was young", and in such a philosophy actual product does not make any practical value, nor takes any photograph — it's all about being different at all cost (or lack of it), and leave the brand name take the photos in people's minds and give them appropriate value as such, by selling the experience of "simpler and happier past".
Leica is not in business because of photography, but because of its own name, which is a synonym for a simple time machine that operates only towards the past. A hi-res modern OLED screen would diminish such a feeling. They do camera design just once, and stick with it forever, even if it's flawed and begs for improvement.

4 upvotes
chiane
By chiane (May 11, 2012)

Dear Lord, I hope you are one your fourth Scotch as you typed that.

4 upvotes
Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (May 11, 2012)

Well, the fact they are in the business despite selling cameras that are dinos in every conceivable way compared to many others, says they are not selling cameras in terms of products, but selling a certain experience and a promise, and lack of lustre helps set a fairytale.

Comment edited 49 seconds after posting
2 upvotes
unknown member
By (unknown member) (May 11, 2012)

LMAO!!! Oustanding Chiane, outstanding!

1 upvote
pdelux
By pdelux (May 11, 2012)

Marketing Genius Leica I applaud you. Put the Leica name on an old shoe box and paint a red dot on it, sell it for $10,000 and the posers will flock to give you all their money.

You have to admire them, they got a good scam going

6 upvotes
Michele Kappa
By Michele Kappa (May 11, 2012)

Yes, of course, Leica scams people from a century with photographs and photographers that use these cameras for their whole lifetimes and pass it on to their grandchildren still intact and functional.
Not like some honest megacorps like Olympus, for example.
Right?
Come on everyone, time to grow up.

0 upvotes
pdelux
By pdelux (May 14, 2012)

@ Michele,

Thats why Leica's scam is good, olympus's scam is not so good.

And are you honestly comparing Leica's Film era cameras, to these digital rip offs? Completly different breed.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
Michele Kappa
By Michele Kappa (May 18, 2012)

It's hard to compare apples and oranges.
But I really think Leica is doing a great job making and marketing their cameras.
And at the same time I do not see any scam about it.

1 upvote
Marty CL
By Marty CL (May 28, 2012)

Leica is a beautifully made anachronism. Sixty years ago--before the advancement of single lens reflex cameras--Leica was the gold standard for photo journalism and professionals in general. But the Nikon S started to challenge Leica for rangefinder supremecy. And then the Nikon F in 1959--relegated Leica to the technological backwater.

Leica hasn't gone the way of Zeiss Ikon, Contax and Rolleiflex---yet. But they've been on the edge a number of times.

Yes, a beautifully made anachronism.

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
0 upvotes
chiane
By chiane (May 10, 2012)

Where did they even find a batch of 230k screens, in a time capsule somewhere? 2 1/2 years it took to come up with this!

15 upvotes
Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (May 11, 2012)

No, they produce 230K dot screens especially for Leica :)

11 upvotes
villagranvicent
By villagranvicent (May 11, 2012)

I think the screen in the old Digilux is better...

0 upvotes
spidermoon
By spidermoon (May 11, 2012)

Nowaday, low res lcd are rare, and like rare things, they cost many bucks, that's one reason of the X2 price :)

1 upvote
Rage Joe
By Rage Joe (May 11, 2012)

I bet those screens will be collectors items. You should invest in this superb camera.

0 upvotes
Meatloafoverdose
By Meatloafoverdose (May 10, 2012)

Olympus vf-2 viewfinder, nice.....

1 upvote
ponyman
By ponyman (May 10, 2012)

Very underwhelming ...

3 upvotes
RStyga
By RStyga (May 10, 2012)

I'll have to repeat what I mentioned for the other Monochrome Leica... but I'd rather say that this is a Leica-victim camera. I wonder how many more years will Leica stay in business with products like these... They must be rich over there to afford keeping the same monolithic product designers...

4 upvotes
Valentinian
By Valentinian (May 10, 2012)

Leica is not a Dinosaur. Not yet. But they're trying hard.

15 upvotes
smallcams
By smallcams (May 10, 2012)

Great news! Fuji X200.

1 upvote
zeepyOne
By zeepyOne (May 10, 2012)

I am not even a Fuji fan but I have to agree lol!

0 upvotes
Marty4650
By Marty4650 (May 10, 2012)

Or.... for $2000 you could buy a

* Olympus OM-D
* Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lens
* Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens
* Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens

And the EVF would come free with this kit!

16 upvotes
ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (May 10, 2012)

Or two Fujifilm X100.

4 upvotes
smallcams
By smallcams (May 10, 2012)

I'd scratch the 14 & 20 and go with superior 12/2.

0 upvotes
villagranvicent
By villagranvicent (May 11, 2012)

...or an X-Pro1 with one lens for little more than that.

2 upvotes
Steve_
By Steve_ (May 12, 2012)

@Marty

That's my current kit. And it is amazingly effective, finely crafted and tiny to boot. Great recommendation.

You can even use the 'Viso-Flex' on it if the hinged VF is useful for your application (I use mine when shooting cars, so I don't have to stoop & squat as much to get proper perspective). And the built-in OMD VF is better yet-aside from the lack of the hinge.

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0 upvotes
Steve_
By Steve_ (May 12, 2012)

@smallcams

While the 12/2.0 is a smidge wider and a tiny bit better optically than the 14/2.5, you can get new 14/2.5s for 160USD shipped on ebay all day long. If you've shot with one you know it works very well, all reviews aside. While I'd love to have a 12/2.0, the value simply isn't there.

Neither is a replacement for the 20/1.7, due to the difference in focal length. The 20 will out-resolve either in the center of the frame, and match them in the corners.

At current prices the 14 & 20 combo is only 530USD, and combined with the (relatively inexpensive) 45/1.8 is a highly recommendable kit. I gave 329USD for my factory refurb 45, so all three only costs 59USD more than the 12/2.0 alone.

0 upvotes
Fgrigorio2222
By Fgrigorio2222 (May 10, 2012)

Not much different from x1 which I own and love for its unbeatable iq. Curiously, x2 is not too different. Min focusing distance is no 30 cm for both macro and normal. Aperture is the same F2.8, which yields a slight bokeh. And the resolution is up to 16 from 13 in x1. My guess is there are a few more tweaks somewhere, none of is enough to upgrade from x1. This makes sense. It's a camera for a certain kind of discipline that makes you forget you use a camera. It becomes your third eye. Nothing else matters...

4 upvotes
Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (May 10, 2012)

I urge Leica to acquire as many 230K dots LCD screens as possible, so all their future products would be not only antique in terms of photography approach, but of digital user interface as well. 'No chance to see if the focus was good after the shot? Well, that *IS* the idea". :)

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7 upvotes
Catalin Enache
By Catalin Enache (May 11, 2012)

I suppose those LCD are taken from second hand and unsold X1 stock...lolz

0 upvotes
Samtendo 64
By Samtendo 64 (May 10, 2012)

Where are they getting the 230.000 screen in 2012? That was absolute low-end five years ago and no one makes them anymore...
Seems like retro goes all the way with Leica, even the electronics are retro (=old & would have been outdated in 2003).

And the add-on Viewfinder is just an Olympus VF2 for double the price. They didn't even bother to try to make it look different, they just painted over the "Olympus" lettering and then put a Leica sticker on it. Pathetic.

And for 2000 bucks you even get a slow 2.8 lens without any form of IS in front of what is likely an off-the-shelf Sony sensor that you can get in many other cameras a quarter of the price of the X2.

FAIL

14 upvotes
Priaptor
By Priaptor (May 10, 2012)

If I were a Fuji owner, as many of you are, I wouldn't be gloating so much. The Sony NEX-7 literally blows the door off your investments, but a discussion for another time.

My take on the X series, is as an owner of an M9 who Leica is appealing to with their X line, the camera just doesn't make sense. But neither does the NEX-7 or Fuji variants, for me, no matter how compelling Sony and Fuji variants are.

Those of us already shooting with an M already have a compact and wonderful camera. I rather buy another lens.

Just my opinion.

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dotyman
By dotyman (May 11, 2012)

"If I were a Fuji owner, as many of you are, I wouldn't be gloating so much. The Sony NEX-7 literally blows the door off your investments, but a discussion for another time."

OK, now there's a rookie statement if I've ever heard one. IQ doesn't matter now? The NEX-7 was obsolete the minute users got their hands on them. Sure, the Fuji user experience is FAR less than it should be, but there's no arguing about the image quality–it's vastly superior to the NEX-7. Doh!

As far at the X2, Leica has apparently lost its way. The X2 appeals to no one except fools. I tried to love my X1, but just couldn't justify the cost and sold it. The X2 is a complete joke, and it shows how Leica is not willing to devote the resources required to compete in the ultra-high-end compact market. M9, maybe, but definitely not the X2.

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Priaptor
By Priaptor (May 11, 2012)

doodyman,

Really, the IQ is better? Who is the rookie, rookie.

Obviously another Fuji owner justifying their purchase, when they could have and should have bought the much better NEX-7.

Too bad, but then again, you are a rookie.

For the record, I own neither, used both and wouldn't think twice about purchasing the NEX-7. But hey, what do know, I am just a rookie while you "think" you know or understand anything about IQ.

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gullevek
By gullevek (May 11, 2012)

When you compare high ISO shots, the Fuji X100 really holds the value high. Where the Fuji lacks compared the NEX-7 and most others is the horrible slow AF and in dark times horrible not good working one.

Another big negative point is the slow wake up time. I hope a follow up model to the X100 will be as fast as the X-Pro 1 and I also hope the work on the AF system, or at least add some Software based hyper focal shooting like the Ricoh GR digital models have.

I am a very happy X100 user, because even with it weak points it is an absolutely awesome camera. Nothing the NEX-7 could give me, because of lacking small lenses and a missing glass viewfinder. The glass viewfinder is one thing that makes the Fuji X100 and X-Pro so damn good for me.

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brumd
By brumd (May 11, 2012)

@gullevek: have you updated your firmware to the latest version? I am totally happy now with the AF on the X100, even in low light. If yours is still slow, the problem might be in your camera.

Comparing the X100 to the NEX-7 is silly; the only thing they have in common are their sensor size, but they are completely different cameras, for different uses.

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gava
By gava (May 11, 2012)

"The Sony NEX-7 literally blows the door off your investments"

Exploding camera destroys house? Do you know what the word "literally" means?

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Jim Evidon
By Jim Evidon (May 10, 2012)

The good news, however, is that they now offer the EV2 finder which, if they haven't changed the interface socket, will be identical to the one that fits the Panasonic GX1, and probably at a much lower price than will be offered by Leica.

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thewhitehawk
By thewhitehawk (May 10, 2012)

I am not very interested in this camera, I'll be honest, but I'd be lying if I didn't say it isn't the best looking camera in the market for me.

It's gorgeous!

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ginsbu
By ginsbu (May 10, 2012)

This camera would be much more appealing if it was offered in a monochome variant. That would go a long way toward justifying the price premium over the competition.

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ybizzle
By ybizzle (May 10, 2012)

LOL!!

My Fuji X100 blows this away in every category! Faster lens, sharper screen, viewfinder hybrid and built in, and overall more pleasing to use! Not mention costs half as much. Between this and the M9 Mono, Leica disappoints yet again!

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Michele Kappa
By Michele Kappa (May 11, 2012)

Leica disappoints YOU yet again.
:P

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ybizzle
By ybizzle (May 11, 2012)

Myself and about 99% of the people who commented. ;)

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Michele Kappa
By Michele Kappa (May 18, 2012)

I'd be glad to know who of the 99% have a Leica from which they have been disappointed, though.

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zenfr2009
By zenfr2009 (May 21, 2012)

Perhaps it's only about 98% :)

I'll take one X2 to replace my X1.
Fuji X100 or X1 Pro are a bit too big for me and I don't like Fuji's Jpeg green color.

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Glen Barrington
By Glen Barrington (May 10, 2012)

Pass - Thanks anyway. I hate add on Viewfinders. Optional means, "we think you have more of our money in your wallet, and we're taking it."

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alfredo_tomato
By alfredo_tomato (May 10, 2012)

I like being able to rotate the EVF 90 degrees.

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Tom Caldwell
By Tom Caldwell (May 10, 2012)

A cross between a Ricoh GRDIV and a Ricoh GXR with Leica M mount, complete with the Ricoh-style tilting plug in evf. Who says imitation is the sincerest form of flattery? but I am not sure who is imitating who.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (May 10, 2012)

What an epic fail of Sigma SD1 proportions!

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zorgon
By zorgon (May 10, 2012)

I can't help thinking the reason that they didn't upgrade the LCD screen is so as not to out do the M9.
I still want one though.

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kanzlr
By kanzlr (May 10, 2012)

lol, it even looks like an old viso flex :)

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Photozopia
By Photozopia (May 10, 2012)

No inbuilt Hybrid Viewfinder technology eh? Go Leica - make Fuji look like the shabby arriviste it truly is ..... (LOL - Sarcasm spoiler)

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iforum
By iforum (May 11, 2012)

Can you download your own ringtone

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designdog
By designdog (May 14, 2012)

One thing that early reviewers/users of the Fuji X100 seem to miss is the improvements made with firmware releases, and the experience factor, as in reducing the focusing rectangle for faster AF.

Today, the X100 is a very responsive camera with excellent IQ, really nice JPEG rendering, great ergonomics and a great viewfinder. Fantastic low light capability.

Put the sensor of the X Pro 1 in an X200 and you are pretty much there...

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