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  1. I picked up my CL and 18/56 zoom yesterday (14 December) from Photo and Video in Christchurch, NZ. They had no kits in stock but let me have the set in separate boxes for the same price as the kit. It's a magical little camera.
  2. I have both the Macro-Elmar 90mm f.4 (older version) and the latest Summarit 75mm f.2.4. Both are excellent lenses, but since I bought the Summarit a few months ago I have been using it much more often than the Macro-Elmar. The Macro-Elmar is a classic lens and I would not part with it, but mine is the chrome version, which feels heavy for such a small lens. More importantly, I find the Summarit less fiddly to use (no need to extend and lock the barrel) and easier to focus. The Macro-Elmar may have the edge optically, especially in macro photography, but the Summarit is a joy to u
  3. That is true of the old 75mm 2.5 Summarit, but the revamped 2.4 Summarit which replaced it focusses as low as 0.7m. It was the newer model that the OP said he was considering.
  4. I dithered for several years before I made my decision. I now have the new Summarit 75 f2.4 and I'm delighted with it. In the end, I chose it in preference to the Apo-Cron 75 mainly because of its smaller size and weight (325g vs. 430g). The half-stop difference doesn't matter to me, though it might to some. In Sean Reid's several comparisons of 75mm M lenses, the previous Summarit (2.5) did outstandingly well - better resolution in both centre and corners than the Cron - though that might be because of sample variations. My 2.4 is sharp from corner to corner. The large screw-in
  5. An attractive camera indeed. Very tempting, but I'd be overwhelmingly tempted if Leica offered a version which took interchangeable M lenses. Then the Q would present a real challenge to the Sony A7 range.
  6. I think the new Summarits are still in short supply. I ordered a 75mm 2.4 back in January; still waiting for it and no indication of a delivery date. Maybe Leica hasn't made enough of them yet to supply samples to reviewers?
  7. Likewise, the B+W Kaesemann polarizer fits inside the extended hood of the 50 ASPH but there is only 3mm or so of the hood protruding past the filter. Also, of course, the filter cannot be turned while the hood is extended. In any case, in my experience polarizing filters are best avoided when shooting into the light - the situation when a hood is most necessary. The filter has very little polarizing effect at such an angle, and is prone to generate ghost images and other unwanted effects. When you really need a lenshood, you generally don't need a polarizer.
  8. Depth of field is very limited with these long lenses, especially with near objects, as in portraiture. Accuracy of the rangefinder in the M240 has been improved but great care is still needed to focus accurately on, say, the subject's eyes. I have tried both 1.25 and 1.4 magnifiers with some success, but since the arrival of the M240 the EVF 2 is my preferred tool for portraits and other relatively close-up shots. Using the EVF 2 on a handheld M240, I find it easy to obtain sharp, well-focussed pictures with both the Macro-M 90mm f.4 and the Apo-Telyt 135mm f.4. One problem is
  9. My new macro adapter arrived today. I've tried it with the older model of the Macro Elmar 90mm lens. I had been wondering whether it would be possible to focus to infinity with this lens retracted, as with the new model. It is indeed possible, but as Mark says the lens tube cannot be locked in position when retracted. When one is using the older lens as a normal tele it would generally be more convenient to remove the macro adapter. Having said that, I think the new adapter will turn out to be an extremely useful accessory.
  10. I bought an X1 in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 11 December. This turned out to be a pre-production unit, with an early version of firmware and no handbook. Apparently this one was released for sale by mistake. Leica New Zealand exchanged it on 5 February for a new one, complete with handbook and firmware 1.0. Excellent service. So X1s are starting to be distributed in these parts, chaps.
  11. Khanosu is right on both counts: the camera was set on auto preview and the lens is extended. Bear in mind that I'm still using firmware 0.73b. Apparently the shutter lag is less with version 1.0. The lag time is similar to the D-Lux 4 which I traded in on the X1. The lens has to be extended when the camera is operating, as it is in the picture.
  12. Here's a picture of myself holding X1. Taken using bathroom mirror and flipping the result horizontally.
  13. My understanding is that Leica NZ made a mistake in releasing two pre-production X1s for sale in December, one in Christchurch and one in Auckland. They were probably intended for review or assessment purposes. I bought the Christchurch one; I don't know whether the Auckland one has been sold or withdrawn. When Leica NZ receive supplies of production X1s (which they expect to do within the next couple of weeks) they will probably replace the unit sold to me. I expect that the replacement will have firmware 1.0 or later and I hope it comes with a printed handbook. At present the X1 is
  14. When I got my X1 on 11 December it was not yet listed on the Leica Users site, so I couldn't register it or download Lightroom. That's why I emailed Leica in Germany to ask what was going on. They said I was too early, they weren't ready, the website would be updated in due course. I checked the website again after Christmas and found they had added the X1 to their list. I then registered mine and downloaded Lightroom 2.6. Until then I had been using Capture One version 4.8.3 to process the X1's Raw files. However there is still no updated firmware available from Leica. I'm still using
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