Finally home and looking through my images on the Mac. A few random comments, and a few images. Keep in mind, I'm not a pro, though I have been shooting for a good twenty years.
- Metering seems really good. With Nikon and Canon, I almost always dial up some exposure compensation to get the desired results. With the X Type 113, the camera nailed it with little input from me. Yes!
- Colors in the OOC JPGs are really good. Accurate. Reds and Yellows seem to be handled well. The color signature is definitely different compared to Nikon and Canon. More natural. I don't really know what constitutes that distinctive "Leica look" that people talk about, but perhaps this is it. So far, it doesn't appear that I will need to mess around with color in Photoshop.
- I love shooting. I don't love spending hours correcting for image issues in Photoshop or Lightroom. That correction aspect isn't as much fun, though I will do it if looking for a particular effect or look. Based on what I'm seeing so far, it doesn't look like much correction work will be necessary. I used to shoot RAW, but recently, have switched back to just JPG (highest quality file). With the X Type 113, I believe I will be able to continue to shoot just JPG. Images are sharp, colors are natural, contrast is excellent. More time shooting, and less time in front of the computer - that's a win.
- Fit and finish. This looks and feels like a premium camera! It feels good in the hand. Dials have the correct amount of resistance and provide proper feedback. The lens is balanced nicely with the body. When it comes to looks, she's a beauty. The silver contrasts wonderfully with the brown leather trim. DSLR camera have little character. The X Type 113 - she has lots of it.
- LCD - finally, a high resolution screen!! Nice to see Leica finally catch up to competitors in this regard. However... if you're going to use this camera in the sun, the LCD can be hard to see. The Leica Visoflex may be a required purchase for some, depending on what you shoot.
- The "Info" button can be used as a "Set" button. Yes! Yes! Yes! This bugged me on the X1 and X2, that I could not use the "Info" button on the right side to set things like EV, menu settings, etc. It may not seem like a big deal, but to me, it is. Increases the usability of the camera greatly, when compared to the previous X cameras.
I hope the X Type 113 is a success for Leica. It deserves to be. IQ is great. Colors are natural and images are sharp. It's fun to use. For me, that last point is very important. I have a Nikon semi-pro body and some lenses, which creates some great images, but it's heavy and bulky. That's not so fun, especially when out hiking/walking part of the day. Today, using just the X, I was able to enjoy everything around me, taking photos, and having fun doing it. I suspect my SLR is going to see a lot less use, with the X being the camera I grab to take with me most of the time.
Now, a few more images from today. All are JPG straight from the camera, no RAW. Resized in photoshop, and very light sharpening applied after the resize.
Edited by Feudal1, 28 September 2014 - 04:46.