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The Urge

downthestairs (Leica X1)

Yesterday I said the GX200 was a camera which gave me the urge to shoot pictures. The Leica X1 is also a camera in this category but of a different class.

With the GX200, it is like there are unlimited shots to snap in the street. There may not be a reasonable wherefore for the urge. A probably one by my guesstimate could be that the final images ooze out a unique taste compared to what was observed in reality. But honestly, there are times when we could delete as many images as we have captured back home.

The Leica X1 gives the urge in a different sense, especially when users like me work on manual exposure and with an optical finder when using the X1. Composing pictures through the optical finder obliges me to turn off the LCD screen which in turn obliges me to turn it on when tweaking the exposure combo for a scene. Otherwise, I can make a guess for final results. Its AF speed can at times lag behind the GX200's. The RAW plus JPEG images take a bit of a time to write into the memory card. It doesn't have fancy modes or a real anti-shake functionality. Taken together, these "limitations" drag down the shooting process, so much so that the user will either miss a shoot or be required to think ahead. This camera simply urges the users to be the thinking and self-challenge photographers. It begs them to observe, think ahead and rely on their own knowledge of photography rather than the camera's complementary functionalities. It points to an older fashion of doing shots: with less haste and more consciousness.

While the GX200 invites me to use it, the Leica X1 urges me to tame. Just some sentimental observations.


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