Saturday, October 12, 2013

The New Leica? - Steve Huff Compares Leica M, Fuji X-M1 and Panasonice DMC-GX7

So Who Needs A "New Leica?" I Like the Old One
by Reed A. George
Steve Huff has a habit of making "crazy comparisons," many of which turn out to be very interesting.
This time, he compares the new Leica M and 50mm f1.4 Summilux Aspheric lens ($11,000 value) to the Fujifilm XM-1 and Zeiss 32mm Touit lens ($1,600 value) and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 and Voigtlander 25mm f0.95 lens ($1,900 value).
People seem to be always looking for a "new Leica." The fact is, there isn't one. Steve acknowledges this, while challenging Leica's apparent disproportionate image quality:price ratio. It's true. Leica's images aren't 5X better than Fuji or Panasonic's. However, the fun of using the Leica may approach it. At least that's my opinion.
Huff says the Fuji feels like a toy made for a child, while the Lumix feels like a toy made for a photographer. I like the way he puts that into terms I can understand. I sure like my photography toys.
So, if there's a "new Leica," Mr. Huff thinks Panasonic is closer than Fuji. Interesting to know.
(Click Here) to read this entertaining comparison (this is just the first installment of it), on Steve Huff's site.
I am rather attached to the old Leica. In fact, the older the better in some ways.