Saturday, July 4, 2020

Leica X Vario: Unloved but superb camera makes sense on used market

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A friend bought a Leica X Vario off eBay from a local seller in Sydney last weekend. The camera was just under a year old, barely used, and came complete with all the packaging and accessories, three spare batteries and a genuine Leica lenshood and handgrip. He paid A$1211 for it (US$924-£634)—a serious bargain. However a glimpse down the eBay listings shows that, while this camera was an outlier, the prices for used and even new X Varios are very weak.

Sigma 45mm f/2.8 DG DN lens for L-Mount: First impressions

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Sigma's relatively inexpensive 45mm f/2.8 Contemporary lens is a fine addition to any Leica SL or Panasonic S1/R camera. It comes closer to Leica quality than the modest price tag would suggest.

Fujifilm announce new XF2X TC WR teleconverter for X Series lenses

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Bill Palmer welcomes Fujifilms announcement a new 2x teleconverter. But he worries that it works only with two XF lenses out of the whole catalogue. It's a step in the right direction but....

Review: Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 ASPH

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First look at the Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 by Jonathan Slack

Zeiss Distagon T* 1.4/35 ZM review

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Mike had the chance to use the new 35mm Zeiss Distagon f/1.4 for a week and believes it offers strong competition for the equivalent Leica Summilux at a far more attractive price.

Leica lenses on the new Panasonic Lumix S1

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Thinking of buying the Panasonic Lumix S1 to replace your Leica SL, or perhaps as a vehicle for your M or SL/TL lenses. Initial results are encouraging.

Leica M10 Monochrom compared with the M10-P

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Tom had the opportunity to spend a month with a prototype version of the new Leica M10 Monochrom. His photo comparisons with the M10-P are suppliemented by two photo series completeed in his work as a professional photographer.

Leica Q: Long term review and deciciso​n on upgrading to the Q2

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Own a Leica Q? Should you upgrade to the Q2 or stick with the old model for the next year or two?

Fuji X-Pro 3: The Review that is not a review

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David Bailey takes a look at Fujifilm's new, rather oddball, X-Pro 3. Is it taking a leaf out of Leica's M-D book?

Review: Leica X Vario, a misunderstood gem

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Leica's X Vario has been misunderstood. Overhyped and launched in a confusion of conflicting rumours, it got off to a rocky...