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Leica X2

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With a new camera, there is always a risk of jumping to conclusions. I am deferring judgment pending more shooting , but I think it’s important to also share initial impressions; I have extensive experience with many cameras, so when a new camera surprises me, I sit up and take notice!

My first shoot with the X2 (a bike ride stopping to take snaps under less than ideal conditions, very “real world” for me) produced an extremely high failure rate. Out of 120 images on my first shoot, I don’t want to show more than a handful, and even those I would rather just throw away. Seriously. They looked good on the low-res rear LCD with its saturated color, but so many of them proved to have issues when viewed on the computer. I felt downright sucker-punched when I loaded them into the computer.

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