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  1. Kinda reminds me of the car reviews in Consumer Reports. If you want an appliance those will suffice; if you are an enthusiast they border on comedic...
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    X1 and B&H

    Ditto. I've included the B&H note (below) for those who are interested; this doesn't bode well for X1 availability. Glad mine arrived this week (I think)... B&H Photo-Video is continuously seeking ways to make your experience with us as pleasant and efficient as possible. One way we sought to accomplish this was our "Notify When in Stock" option for products that are not yet available or temporarily out of stock. For the majority of our items this system has worked well, and our customers have informed us that they appreciate this service. Unfortunately, this system has not proven to be effective for a small group of high-demand items which are very difficult to acquire and keep on hand. Some time ago, you asked us to notify you when the following item would become available: Leica - LEDX1 USA X1 Digital Compact Camera With Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH. Lens We regret that we will not be able to do so and we have deactivated the "Notify When in Stock" option for this item. We understand that this is a disappointment and an inconvenience. Please accept our apologies. We are also sorry that the manufacturer or our supplier has been unable to meet the demand for this item, and we appreciate your patience. Please contact us if you wish to comment on this situation. We appreciate your business and look forward to serving you again soon. Thank you, The B&H Web Team
  3. Regarding the OVF, I have to say I really like it. Bright, clear, and accurate. When I shot the snaps the light was strong; as a result I found it difficult to use the LCD screen on the camera, even with the brightness set to "stun". I am still learning the AF. Occasionally it can be a bit balky, but it seems to work fairly well most of the time. The manual focus mode, IMHO, leaves a lot to be desired. However, I'm not sure how this could be implemented any differently, given the limitations of having to overlay this on the LCD display. I DO wish they would allow you to select a variable rate on the focusing wheel. As with a computer mouse, it is quite annoying if you have one tracking speed. I want the X1 to recognize how quickly I'm moving the wheel and change focus quickly, then follow my lead and slow down when I get close. I'll look at this more carefully, but at first glance there seems to be little proportionality to this control. That is, moving the focus wheel more quickly does not seem to change the focusing speed of the lens (at least not appreciably). I'm also a fan of the grip, though I dislike how it impacts access to the battery and SD card. Though my hands are on the large size and it does seem to help with handling, the X1 is small enough that I can "palm" it quite easily. I'm still going back and forth, but will likely keep the grip except for the times when size may be an issue. Not that size matters, of course...
  4. Well, though I usually have a strict "don't feed the trolls" policy, I have not been on this forum long enough to have a sense of it. So I thought I'd throw out what may be an obvious point, owing to what I've seen on other forums. The good folks on most forums greatly outweigh the bad, but a few enthusiastic criticizers (intentional Bushism) can muck things up...
  5. Thanks, h00ligan, for the positive feedback. Though I'm typically not thin-skinned, I find it interesting how some can be critical -- particularly in a situation where I was responding very specifically to your request for "snapshots". The content of the letter on my desk? Pretty irrelevant given the context; all I was trying to do was demonstrate DOF and how the X1 handles both the focused and OOF areas. I use that tape measure because it is lightly pitted and has a variety of patterns on it, and find shooting text can be helpful as well. Criticizing a proposal that happened to be on my desk (which I am reviewing for a family member) is more than a little off-point -- a bit like critiquing someone's clothing in a photo. I hesitate to even mention the "bottom of the barrel" comment, but I also think it's important to mention one thing. Successful forums live and die by the behavior of their members. Being a critic is easy, but being free and easy with petty criticism does nothing but drive away those who are trying to be of help. I have seen many threads wither and die because of this type of post. I welcome constructive criticism when that is the context in which photos are offered. I will think twice about making an effort to be of help if this forum consistently becomes a place where people are prone to criticism where none is warranted.
  6. It's really hard to convey online, but the images are quite sharp and the bokeh is not bad at all. I'm excited by how easy it is to get great results compared with the Sigmas. The camera just feels so much better to use and I haven't sworn at it once... so far! If you mean pants pocket or shirt pocket, no. Any pocket that's bigger should work. I suspect a LOT of people will use the wrist strap and keep the thing concealed in their palm, ready to go... I am getting frustrated with (what seem like) incompatibilities between Picasa and my Mac. Here's a set on Flikr. Again, please realize I had 5 minutes to grab some quick shots... http://www.flickr.com/photos/brt3/sets/72157623578072937/show/
  7. Here's another: http://lh6.ggpht.com/_wfhUWVBCj3c/S6wo9wOecnI/AAAAAAAAACE/FVCIC4t6nRA/s1440/L1000112.JPG
  8. The X1 just arrived! Since it's Spring in California, I decided to venture all the way to the back yard to see what it can do. This is quick and dirty, using the highest quality JPEG settings (12.2M/JPEG Super Fine). My gut response is AT LAST! I have tried a ton of small cameras trying to find something that lets me travel light without sacrificing IQ too much. Sigma DP1 and DP2 were maddening, while the Ricoh GX100 and GX200 are nice cameras, but not high enough on the IQ. The X1 seems to offer good build quality, good ergonomics, and decent (not great) responsiveness. Especially in comparison to the Sigmas, it is an absolute JOY to use... http://lh3.ggpht.com/_wfhUWVBCj3c/S6vseECv5tI/AAAAAAAAABc/oLMd89g-H1w/s1440/L1000081.jpg
  9. My fire safe is 2-hour rated; it's small and will only hold about 6 bare hard drives in cases. My fire department is recommending 3-hour fire safes, so I might upgrade that at some point.
  10. I'm sure a lot of people will consider this overkill, but here goes. My backup scheme consists of: Mac Pro with 4 1TB drives marked: PRIMARY, AUDIO, PHOTO, VIDEO Drobo One holds clones of each of the above drives, updated nightly. Drobo Two holds a TimeMachine backup of the same drives. I have a 1TB external drive that uses SuperDuper to clone my startup drive, updated nightly. I have an external WiebeTech housing that allows you to pop drives in and out; on a weekly basis I clone each of my MacPro drives to a corresponding drive and store these 4 clones in a fire-proof safe. Though it's in the same building as my computer, it's substituting for off-site storage. I believe the combination of secure (and hidden) location, plus the waterproof/fireproof safe, are an adequate substitute for off-site storage. Don't ask what happened to push me towards this much redundancy!
  11. I don't think I'll waver for an instant on this one. I've been through many iterations of small high-quality cameras and am tired of disappointments. Ricoh GX100 and GX200, Sigma DP1 and DP2 -- I just want something that can make beautiful images in a reasonable fashion. The Ricohs didn't offer high enough quality. The Sigmas offer good quality, but are absolutely maddening to use. The X1 is too expensive, for sure, but -- if guys like Steve Huff are correct -- the quality should make it worthwhile...
  12. A witch! (said with Pythonesque silly accent)
  13. I ordered a complete X1 system the instant it went online in the Amazon system. Yesterday they shipped out the system case. If the accessories are shipping, the camera can't be far behind. I hope...
  14. I ordered a complete X1 system the instant it went online in Amazon's system. Yesterday they shipped the X1 system case. If the accessories are shipping, the camera can't be far behind. I hope...
  15. I believe she had a show at the new Leica S-I-S in West Palm Beach; this would have been back around Thanksgiving, if I recall correctly...
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