I loved the original Leica X1 and the X2. They were an excellent representation of how simplicity in both design and functionality can do wonders for your photography drive and creativity. They weren't perfect though, and I (along with many others) had an issue with the lens that Leica chose to permanently attach to it. While it was a high quality piece of glass, it was relatively slow at just f2.8. It was slower than their direct competition, and because of this unfortunate choice I never felt that it was able to reach it's image quality potential in lower light conditions.
Thankfully Leica has listened, and they have announced the new Leica X. It's a similar design to the older X (same size as the X Vario), but the exciting part is what's fixed in front of the sensor. That's a 23mm (35mm equivalent) Summilux f1.7. Finally, a much faster lens in front of a sensor that really deserves it.
If it's anything like the X cameras that preceded it, the image quality will be stunning. This is a true Leica, not a Panasonic rebranded camera, and it absolutely has the signature Leica look to the files that people go absolutely wild for. Plus, look at it. The silver version with the brown leather grip is simply stunning.
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