There is a corner of my heart permanently roped off for the Leica X1. This little camera is now nearly eight years old but it seems to retain a faithful following among photographers. It isn’t the best, it isn’t the fastest (no way on that score….) and it isn’t the most convenient. But it survives and I am now in touch with a clutch of confirmed X1 groupies for whom even the EVF-entitled X2 is a shot too far.
Yet after all these years it’s a surprise to find that new X1s are still being sold. Regular reader — and inveterate X1 groupie — John Wilson from New York State has just upgraded to a brand new version. Not for him the faster X2, nor the tarted up X-E. No, John wants the simplicity and purity of the original 35mm-equivalent fixed-lens shooter and he found his dream at Willoughby’s camera centre.
My own X1 will probably never been sold. Despite owning a direct and more competent competitor, the Ricoh GR, not to mention a clutch of m4/3 stuff, I still find myself returning to the X1 every few weeks.
So join with me in wishing John loads of fun and picturing with his new old X1. Incidentally, with an eye on Wilson and Shingleton, are all X1 fans called John? If so, I am happy to be the honourable exception to the rule.