Leica X1 and Leica T: Auf Wiedersehen, pets
The Leica X1 has featured heavily in this blog over the past few years. If you do a search you will find a couple of dozen articles by me and by our arch X1 fan, John Shingleton. I said I would never sell my X1 because it was so convenient as a carry around camera. And the results still impress after nearly eight years.
But the arrival of the Leica CL has given me pause for reflection and resulted in some reorganisation. The CL is so much like the X1 in size and convenience (and it doesn’t have that extending lens) that I concluded I probably wouldn’t use the X1 in future. My T, which I bought as a stopgap last year in anticipation of the CL, is also now also surplus to requirements. It is time, I felt, for a bit of consolidation.
Rather reluctantly, then, I took these two old friends to Red Dot Cameras for resale. I try not to get sentimental about digital cameras and move them on when it makes sense. Lenses and film cameras are a different matter, of course, and I tend to stick with them through thick and thin.
The CL, then, has cause more than a ripple here at Macfilos. I believe the advent of the CL heralds a new approach to the APS-C camera system by Leica — not before time, it has to be said. I would not be surprised to find that the CL is just the first in a line of competitive products.
We need look no further than the Fuji X range for clues to future development. If the small CL is the X-E3 or even the X-Pro 2, the next in the CL range could be an X-T2 Style camera modelled on the SL. In effect it would be a mini SL with a larger body than the CL, a substantial grip and a bigger viewfinder. It could also benefit from in-body stabilisation since none of the lenses are stabilised.
So it’s all change on the compact front. I feel rather sorry to say goodbye to the X1 but both this and the later X2 seem to be in demand at the moment and it’s a good time to sell.
If you are interested in either of my two cameras you can check them here and, of course, you can buy from Red Dot with confidence.