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.
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.
Now, please humour me if I start this review with a short physics lesson and a small rant. I am what most would call "tall"—five-foot fifteen inches in my socks. There's a lot of me to move about, and to support. I take a UK size 15 shoe (that's 50 in foreign). It makes buying footwear a bit of a chore, but it does mean that I neither sink in soft sand nor topple over in high winds. In short my feet are in proportion to my body.
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....