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Leica X2


I’m sure the Leica X2 will appear to some shooters for some reasons. But I can only report within the context of my own experience and needs and sense of value based on using many cameras over many years. That is the real value to my readers.

When a camera solves a real issue in an elegant way, impresses with its versatility or exceptional image quality or any other kind of coolness, I get excited.

Quite the opposite.

I began to dislike using the X2 quickly, for the reasons I have documented in Usability and In Use and Ergonomics— all the inane choices started adding up to a lousy total experience.

I don’t mean it was so-so— I mean that the X2 just created unnecessary difficulties. Though the lens is very high quality and the sensor very good, I was shocked with the atrociously bad JPEG quality and even more turned-off by having to play and play with processing parameters to get the results from DNG that I wanted. I don’t want a camera that generates work for me!

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