Mr Leica X1 wins the I Shot It Premium prize and becomes Mr X2
There’s life in them thar ancient pixels after all. Our Australian correspondent, John Shingleton, has bagged a prize worth US$2000 using a surprising camera—but not to him. John is probably the world’s greatest Leica X1 proponent. Eschewing all temptations, John has soldiered on with Leica’s elderly compact which was introduced as long ago as 2009. That’s the early Middle Ages in the digital camera world.
It’s all the more rewarding, therefore, for John to have one of his photographs from the X1 selected as winner in the latest I Shot It Premium category. Not that the judges knew that this picture was crafted by the old girl, of course. No doubt there will be a great wailing and gnashing of teeth among the gearheads with their latest full-frame shooters and fancy lenses. The little old lady from Wetzlar can still turn a few heads.
Fittingly, the first prize consists of a Leica X2 supplemented by a handy $970 to total two grand. I asked John, who is currently driving around Portugal, if he is planning to promote the old X1 to glory, as the Salvation Army will have it. He’s reluctant, but he has determined to keep the new X2 and sell off the steadfast old snapper: “One elderly gentleman owner. Camera travelled the world inside an old sock but capable of producing award-winning snaps in the hands of a patient owner.” RIP, good and faithful servant. I hope you find another careful owner and continue to produce admirable photographs.