Sabbaticals are good for the soul. Not only that, but the extra time I have for working on my blog and the latest documentary mean that I spend more time shooting. Remember? That is what photographers do...at least before computers and digital photography.
So, I have been spending time with the X1. Learning the capabilities and limits of the camera and exploring my own envelope as a photographer. The results are working well for me. The X1 is not only reknown for it's IQ, aesthetic design, simplicity of form and function, but it is discreet in that I carry it in my pants pocket more often than not. In fact, I forget it is even there sometimes.
With the mistress (the M3), I am always conscious it is with me as I protect it from bumps and abuse, we worry about whether it is appropriate to be seen in certain public venues, we worry about her jewelry (lenses), her bag, her straps, and if she will attract too much attention.
The X1 is freedom from that...with the A&A half case and Gordy's strap, not one single person in six months has ever noticed the camera, or the red dot. No discussions about the jewelry, the bling, the style, or even the fact that the X1 is out in public. It is expected along with all the Japanese cameras with LCD monitors. It just blends in and provides me with the freedom of photographic experiences.
How about the rest of you Leica X-Philes?
I am extremely pleased with this camera. In fact, I don't even want a Leica M digital camera anymore. Not that I could ever afford one, but I have found a camera I love and love to use. The Leica M and R4 are more than I need for film photographs. The X1 has delivered well for the digital work and as my blog reflects, even I can use it.