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Old 05-18-2012   #1
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Leica x1 as main camera

At the end of the month my wife and me will take part in a week long photographic workshop in a city where we have never been before. My wife will use her DSRL and I decided to use my Leica x1. Why ? The x1 the only digital camera I own (digital is necessary in order to daily review the work done) but I could borrow one from friends. My thinking is that to work with only a camera with a simple (excellent) 36 mm eq. lens and manual controls can be a very interesting experience. I want to see what I can get out of it. Learning to look around is the first step. Using manual controls is the second step. Keeping my eyes and my brain active will be the real challenge!
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It's a great camera for this purpose. Super light/small and the IQ won't let you down. Plus, I'm sure your wife will let you borrow the DSLR if a shot comes up that the X1 isn't suited for.
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I've often traveled with the X1 as my main camera. Its size and weight are a true bonus in tropical heat, and the IQ is outstanding. Currently thinking about the X2 more than I should. If only someone could confirm the handgrip will fit, and that the batteries are identical, then I might even sell my X1 and enjoy the 3 to 4 times faster AF of the X2. Gosh... and I promised myself to buy no new gear this year...
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Despite giving out great quality properties and a very leica image, the X1 is -to me- highly unreliable for half of what I shoot. So I'd never use it as a main camera, as a second or back up, definitely. But I have heard good news on the X2, never tried it yet though.
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The only problem I got from my X1 in 1 1/2 years was the dust on sensor, which to be cleaned needs to sent the camera to Solms and it takes 4-6 weeks, being one of the reasons for which I'll no upgrade to x2. No other problems even using it a lot.
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Hi, Robert...

I am getting down to a light carry. The lightest being just the camera itself, but which one?

Option A - M3 + light meter

Option B - IIIF + light meter

You might find a lens handy too, Dave
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You might find a lens handy too, Dave
Lenses are excessive. He's going for pure minimalism with this kit. Camera. Subject. Nothing in between.
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Ciao Rob,
it depends on what you're shooting but for me a 35 mm lens fits the great part of my needs. I usually prefer a one camera/lens combo so to have less "distractions" and focus only on the images/results I can achieve with that lens.
Have fun with the workshop,
a presto
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