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I've had to give up on this great camera - the focusing has gone to pot, I am told due to a failing sensor. Can't be fixed,

 

So, my dear wife says I can have a new camera for Christmas.  And I wondered about an X?

 

I take all sorts of photos, mostly, when travelling so I do not like to haul a big camera around.

Brought up on film I got used to shutter priority (don't ask me why) and I am used to thinking that way around, if that makes sense.

I like a good zoom facility and I like to shoot in the gloom.....

 

I do not consider myself much good as a photographer, but I like well made kit. I should probably buy a standard compact something, but it wouldn't give me the same pleasure at all.

 

Is the 'X' what I am looking for?  Vario? 

 

Thanks in advance.

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A Vario X would suit your needs; I and my wife both have one and use them on our travels.Recommend getting the EVF. As it is discontinued you may very well find a used one at a good price.

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I, too, used to use the D2 quite a lot for vacations and so on. I think the X Vario is remarkably similar in handling and output, even if the lens is nowhere as fast, and I'm very pleased with it. I bought mine second hand. I think the EVF is a must for this camera.

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What's your budget?

 

The X line is basically discontinued although some dealers may still have stock.

 

Another option could be the T (used or ex demo) with its standard zoom.

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I would second the X Vario (with the addition of the EVF). I bought a used one from a Leica dealer and have been very pleased with it - the lens is excellent (if slow compared with my wonderful Digilux 2), but of course you can use it at higher ISO settings to compensate.

 

Geoff

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You might enjoy an X Vario (preferably with an external EVF, such as the Olympus VF-2).  The camera is well constructed with intuitive and easy to learn controls; and it is great fun to use!

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Thanks to everyone for their thoughts - very helpful.

 

I'm tending to a T system with the Vario-Elmar-T 18-56mm. This would be light and portable although a lot more expensive than a secondhand X-Vario if I could find a really good one.

Having bought only one new camera in over 50 years (the AE-1, the Digilux was secondhand), I could live with myself on the cost. At £500 for the Visoflex, this addon might have to wait...

 

Also, I like the idea of interchangeable lenses again. I've not used them since my Canon AE-1 days when I produced my best photos and that includes those taken with my Digilux -2.

 

One drawback maybe is the seeming absence of image stabilization.

 

My thoughts so far. 

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Vario is discontinued. X 113 seems to be discontinued in near future.

 

If a Digilux2 was sufficient until now, a Panaleica DLUX 109 should play in the same league for you.

 

I would second this, I believe the 109 would do all you ask for, fast lens, amazing low light performance, image stabilization, manual, shutter priority, aperture priority and auto all at your fingertips.

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I would second this, I believe the 109 would do all you ask for, fast lens, amazing low light performance, image stabilization, manual, shutter priority, aperture priority and auto all at your fingertips.

 

The user interface on the 109 is nothing like the more traditional interface on the X series, or Q for that matter, if that makes a difference in your selection.

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The user interface on the 109 is nothing like the more traditional interface on the X series, or Q for that matter, if that makes a difference in your selection.

 

I haven't actually seen a 109, but the reviews scare me witless! I cannot cope with deep menus and pages of options on a small screen. Stubby fingers and too many birthdays. 

 

There's not much chance I'll be able to track down a good secondhand T either, and the TL hasn't many friends on these boards! 

 

All in all, not a great evening, but thanks again for advices. 

Edited by amethyst

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Once again, I fell into the "trap of the included bracket"...

Here is the corrected link: 

Some information about the X Vario can be found on my Website: http://www.waloszek.de/overview_lxv_e.php

Best regards and sorry for the inconvenience, Gerd

Edited by waloszek

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Great stuff, am insanely jealous.

Hello,

I transmitted your address of contact and your mail to the salesman of the Summilux forum.

 

 

Good luck!

 

 

Guy

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Thanks, Guy.

 

The saleswoman contacted me and sent a message to you to finalize the operation.

 

I wish you a good continuation.

 

 

Guy

 

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The user interface on the 109 is nothing like the more traditional interface on the X series, or Q for that matter, if that makes a difference in your selection.

 

ropo54 is right.

 

The d-Lux 109 has nothing to do with the Digilux 2 or any X for that matter, is just like any other Lumix with the red dot and the output is simply OK like anything else. I guess the XV is the closest we can have to a modern D2.

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