I may change this to my Leica & Fuji Blog though. Yeah, I know. But even with the Fuji AF drag, this camera blows away my Leica M8.2 in low light shooting. Yes, blows it away. Plus, the Fuji, in my prediction, will be a Leica KILLER. Well, at least a Leica WOUND-ER. LOL! Why? Because the ooc Jpegs are fabulous and the lenses are all wonderful. They aren't built like the Leica lenses, no doubt, but the Fuji cameras and lenses produce beautiful results. The Fuji lenses deliver the goods, even if they aren't built like little tanks. Plus, there is an M mount for the Fuji, so I can use Leica glass if I want. Not that I'd want to, as the cost between this camera and lenses between a Leica M9 or M is HUGE! I'm not a pro, and I'm not into blowing that kind of cash on Leica anymore. I think it's all a bunch of bullshit. The Leica lenses are the thing, and I am not rich or a pro photographer, so what's the point? I like the rangefinder experience, but HATE the prices of Leica. Most people would not be able to justify the cost. And with so many digital cameras that can rival the Leica, and yes they can, why bother? Fuji is one of those companies. they hit the nail on the head. Sony is another one. But Fuji is even better than Sony when it comes to ooc JPEGS. Yeah, I know there is the new Sony RX100 full frame camera with fixed lens and NO OVF/EVF. It costs too much and without any OVF or EVF, it is a deal killer for me. Maybe some day I can review one, but with the optional (read: purchased) OVF.
Meanwhile, I still shoot with my Leica D-Lux 4, and a Fuji X-E1.
All of the above were taken with a Leica D-Lux 4 camera. Now, below, these were all taken with a Fuji X-E1. So take a good look at them. Pretty good huh? And you wonder why I want to add the Fuji name to my blog. These are all JPEGS. A few things the Fuji isn't, it's not a rangefinder. It's a mirror-less camera with that retro look. Looks like an Olympus 35-SP or Leica CL camera or similar. It simulates Fuji film types. It has a beautiful B&W filter with choices of red, green or yellow filters. You can choose 1:1, 16:9 or 4:3 ration. No 3:2 ratio though. The lenses are lovely from what I've read. The 18-55mm kit lens is what I chose for a general, all-purpose lens. My next choice, if I keep this camera, will be the 35mm lens and an 18mm or wider lens. Fuji is coming out with more lenses. I'm sure they will be a lot quicker than Sony was in producing them. They will certainly be sharper than them. So, the Fuji is not a Leica in that it doesn't cost nearly as much money, the lens work wonderfully though they aren't as tank-built, but they produce great results as does the Fuji cameras; both the Fuji X-Pro1 and X-E1. Now, you can keep buying into the Leica, or learn from me and save yourself a lot of cash. Unless you're into name brands that give you the illusion of status. Now, if you're still into film, you can pick up an M6 or any M with Leica lenses, and I totally dig that as it's a wonderful system. Hell, a Nikon FM2 with fast primes is lovely too. Save your money and start checking out the new digital systems. An Olympus OM-D, Sony RX100 (smaller sensor) or even Sony RX1(full frame), Fuji X-E1, X Pro 1, are all good choices. (Yeah, I know the Olympus has the smaller 4/3rd sensor, but it is a great working system with lovely lenses, though not as nice as Fuji when it comes to enlargements. Sorry, sensor sizes do matter.