The Leica X 1
I got the Leica X1 prior to its official release, we at Immortal made that decision cause A) Its a Leica and B) Cause in many ways, the X 1 was very different than anything else on the market in terms of its size, weight, menu, large sensor, superior image quality, and its ability to shoot in very low light. It was simply too much for us as street photographers to resist.
I wont go on and bore you with technical details, all I am going to do is show you some of the work I did yesterday in downtown Amman between 5 and 7 pm. Before we get to that I will tell you what I like and don’t like about the camera, as Lath mentioned before , when shooting at a light source directly the light comes out a bit awkward, also the auto focus function is a bit slow, causing one to miss some shots, one can get used to its speed and thus the number of those missed shots decreases a lot, I have had the camera for a month and the last two runs I definitely got the overwhelming of the shots I wanted, the manual focus is also an issue and I will post about it later when I get a better handle on it.
So is the Leica X1 worth its price tag? (Almost $2000) Most definitely simply because as a compact camera, and in terms of working in high ISO, the sharpness and vivid details of the images, the simple menu features, its size, weight, design, and lack of digital noise, its in a class of its own, there is no other compact camera that has all these features. I think the sharpness of the images speak for themselves.
This gentleman is simply nuts, he was uttering some uncoherent words , he then would stop and flip the ages of the book infront of him and seconds later returns to uttering his craziness as he rocked back and forth.
Thats one part that I really love about the Leica X1. You can get sharp images like this because of its sensor and because its size allows you to walk unoticed really close to the subjects you want to shoot.
Shot at ISO 800
You buy a camera for what it can do and how it can do it, is there any other compact camera that can do this? Image this sharp at ISO 800, F 3.2 . 1/60 SEC?