My Accessorized X1 : Artisan & Artist Case, "thumbs-up", Marumi +3 Lens, OVF)

Discussion in 'Leica X1/X2 Forum' started by sohcsleeper, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. sohcsleeper

    sohcsleeper SC Regular

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    Mar 13, 2012
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    I had purchased my X1 used and it already came with the Leica 36mm Brightview OVF, Kiwiphoto Adapter, B+W Kassman Circular Polarizer and the Artisan & Artist half case.

    Things I've added are Marumi +3 Achromat Close-up lens, Generic Thumbs up grip, Olympus VF-1 OVF (34mm), Nicna King Kong II Glass (9-Layer) Screen Protector (rainbow imaging)


    Purpose of this post:
    1. Show off my X1 (Artisan & Artist Half case and Nicna screen protector)
    2. Generic Thumbs-up grip
    3. Show the Marumi Lens
    4. Optical Viewfinder: Leica 36mm vs Olympus 34mm

    Artisan & Artist leather half-case for Leica X1 with built in grip and Nicna King Kong II ($10 amazon. I originally had the Giottos, but it fell off and would not restick. The Nicna is from Rainbow Imaging and cost less than half the price of the Giottos for relatively the same amount of protection. Giottos 12-layer / Nicna 9-Layer)
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    Generic "Thumbs-up" grip ($50 ebay): HUGE difference in handling. I just couldn't imaging paying ~$150usd for the real name brand product and really did not need the OVF hot-shoe either. My thinking was that if I am using the OVF then, camera to eye and head will stabilize the shot, however when shooting with the EVF the thumbs up becomes very handy, especially when shooting vertical. Feels more natural to have hand in a "C"
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    49mm Marumi +3 Achromat close-up lens ($50 amazon)
    I really love taking close-up detail shots (not MACRO) but you know close-up. One of the X1 weaker points to me was the inability to get closer than 30cm. With this attached to the Kiwiphoto adapter the minimum focus distance is reduced by HALF. 15cm or 6" for us yankees. This makes a HUGE difference in not only capturing details, but also provides more bokehlicious shots. IMO this screw on lens is a must have for the X1.

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    Coincidental Finding of Quality: Both products are from Japan
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    Min Focusing Distance:
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    With Marumi Lens
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    Without Marumi Lens
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    Optical Viewfinder: Leica 36mm vs Olympus 34mm ($50 ebay)
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  2. sohcsleeper

    sohcsleeper SC Regular

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    Few shots from yesterday:

    A friendly debate
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    Two thumbs up
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    Under the table
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    My order
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  3. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    niiiiiiice
     
  4. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    Wow, that really is very smart looking! Mine is the lowly black and silver one :smile:
     
  5. Julien

    Julien SC Top Veteran

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    Jan 6, 2012
    Paris, France
    Julien
    Wow, it must have taken some time to make that post, but that's an awesome setup you're showing off here. To my eyes the Leica X1 is one of the sexiest current cameras, and it looks all the more sexy the way you've "clothed" it.
     
  6. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    Awesome! Now I want one too!!
     
  7. sohcsleeper

    sohcsleeper SC Regular

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    Mar 13, 2012
    Black and stealthy....just a hint of the red dot :biggrin: and a splash of silver :cool:

    Its really a phenomenal camera. I was fortunate enough to obtain it used for a great price. For the $2000 new price not so sure, but if you come across one for $1000-1300, its definitely in the top 3 best compact point and shoot as far as quality, build, and UI goes.

    A lot of reviews were made with the firmware version 1.0 and since the release of version 2.0 the camera is a completely different beast. Its a different style of shooting. I actually do not use Auto Focus often, but prefer zone focusing.
     
  8. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    I glad to see that after all that you actually do use the camera to take photos ;)

    Nice setup.
     
  9. sohcsleeper

    sohcsleeper SC Regular

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    Mar 13, 2012
    That would be one heck of a paper weight or shelf piece!
     
  10. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    *slinking back to her X100*. Nice shots, and thanks so much for the photographs. I've only ever seen shots of the X1 where it looks really wide, by comparison with others. Nice to see its normal. And it looks GREAT with those accessories.
     
  11. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    Very sweet.
     
  12. vinvin

    vinvin New to SC

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    That is a sexy piece of kit!
     
  13. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Mark
    I believe if you re-read the Terms of Service that it clearly states that pornography is clearly forbidden on Serious Compacts.
     
  14. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    :rofl:

    Did you order your X2 yet, Mark?
     
  15. Phoenix

    Phoenix SC Top Veteran

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    Phoenix Gonzales
    That looks fantastic!
     
  16. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Mark
    Jeez, shed your Mod powers and with it goes any respect you might have also once worn :blush:

    Not yet, but gotta say I am pretty tempted. Just doing the math.... Sad thing is that it looks like it's going to need sales. Having said that I'm not above a nice X1...especially if our friend here is selling :wink:
     
  17. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Mark
    Any improvements on the auto focus with the v2.0 FW update? I hear the major step-up from the X1 to the X2 (other than the EVF) is the AF speed. Otherwise I hear the IQ from the original X may be even better than the higher MP 2nd generation. Yep the "hears" are intentional as I've not had the pleasure of either's company as yet...just been doing a lot of reading.
     
  18. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Mark have you gone off the deep end?:rofl:

    This is a really old thread - beautiful camera, however.:wink:
     
  19. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Mark
    Maybe I have gone off the deep end BB, maybe I have. Oh who am I kidding it's pretty plain to see for anyone whose met me :wink:

    And you're right again. So that's x2 (pardon the pun). In digital terms this is an old thread, but very sadly it is one of the most recent in the Leica X forum. I still can't quite understand the underwhelming take-up of this serious compact, especially one with this sort of look. Then again I gave this camera no heed back then either but only now after have used an M for some time that I can't tear me eyes away. Hmmm....
     
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  20. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I think when I first remember seeing BB post comments that she was an X1 owner.....am I correct?

    And Mark, we all know you went off the deep end a long time ago.
     
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