I’m using this lens now for more than two weeks on my Olympus OM-D EM-5 and shot some hundred frames with it. I have to admit that I’ve been very skeptical upfront about the image quality this zoom-lens can deliver, in respect to my prime lenses, but without any reason as it turned out quickly.
The fundamental question to me is why to buy a zoom-lens at all if fixed-lenses of high quality, low weight and small size are available for your system? Isn’t it exactly this what people let buy them into the 4/3 system – ‘quality by size’?
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The new Leica X Vario is out and this are my 2 cents about it.
First in short the specification highlights (get details here):
- 16 Mp APS-C sized CMOS sensor (23.6 x 15.7 mm)
- Leica Vario-Elmar 18-46 mm f/3.5-6.4 ASPH (KB 28-70 mm),
- 3″ TFT LCD (920,000 pixels) – no viewfinder
- Modes: auto, aperture/shutter speed priority, manual
- ISO 100-12500
- Contrast-based auto focus
What I’m asking myself now is what’s the target audience for such a camera?
Before the pixel-peepers on the net start to flood us with test-charts and statements about this ‘mysterious glow in all those pictures taken by Leica-glas’, let us assume that the picture quality is on par with the best available APS-C sensor cameras and let as assume also that all other components are as good or maybe a little bit better than the competitors.
What one gets in the end is a cropped sensor camera with a slow none interchangeable lens and no kind of viewfinder in a maybe neat Leica package for about € 2,500.00 ($ 3,300) … hm …
And don’t get me wrong – I’m not one of this Leica-haters – I really like my old M6 and use it a lot.
Maybe I miss the point so please tell me what’s your opinion?
Would you buy a Leica X Vario and why if so?
Have a good day,