Leica X1 Cool Stuff

Stuff magazine editor, Will Findlater, is spotted holding the Leica X1 at the Cool List party in London.

Stuff magazine, which covers gadgets, gear and technology, recently released their Cool List for 2010 featuring the Leica X1 not only on the cover, but also at number eight on the list. Here’s what Stuff had to say about the camera:

Some retro isn’t cool. Tom Selleck moustaches will make you look like a Hollywood rent-a-villain, space hoppers should be left to the really drunken end of a party, and don’t get us started on Pringle jumpers. Thankfully, Leica gets it so right, with a design inspired by its 35mm cameras from the golden age of photography, where all you needed was a camera, a Gitanes casually dangling from your mouth and a keen eye for the right moment. A fixed but fast 24mm f2.8 lens will make the most of every one of those modern 12.2 megapixels on the SLR-size sensor. But it’s really about the photojournalistic spirit, twiddly knobs and ultra-stylish pop-up flash.

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  • I managed to find and buy an X1 last month. I am in the second week of a three week road trip (with the wife) and have been using the X1 extensively. All I can say is wow! The clarity and sharpness of the images eats my Canon “L” lenses for lunch.

  • I agree. That little lens gives me edge to edge sharpness that my 85mm 1.2L can’t. Very impressive. Also I get far less chromatic aberration than with my Canon lenses. And I only own L lenses. Love this little shooter. Slap on the Leica grip and a Voigtlander 35mm view finder and you have a seriously seriously great camera.

  • Oh my gosh, Dan. Thanks so much for giving me a less expensive alternative to leica’s viewfinder! WOW. Just got my X1 today. So excited to start shooting.

  • The voigtlander viewfinder is much better than the Leica one…much clearer. No contest.

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