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X2 to be "Micro Fourth Thirds"?

Discussion in 'Leica X1/X2 Forum' started by Adde, May 13, 2011.

  1. Adde

    Adde New to SC

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    May 10, 2011
    Source: Photorumors.com


    Since Leica will create it's first lens for MFT do you think the X2 will be Micro Fourth Thirds?
     
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  2. jonoslack

    jonoslack SC Veteran

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    May 6, 2011
    I'd be really surprised.
    They've already produced the 45mm macro for micro four thirds anyway.
    could be wrong though!
     
  3. olli

    olli Super Moderator Emeritus

    Sep 28, 2010
    Metro Manila
    olli
    Hi Adde. Welcome to SC.

    I'm not sure if the lens in question is an actual Leica lens. The key word is 'branded'. The Panasonic 45 2.8 is a Leica branded lens that is already available. Leica are lending their name and their credibility to certain Panasonic lenses (for a sizeable fee no doubt) in the same way that Zeiss lend theirs to Sony.

    That's not to say that Leica might not bring out a Leica branded Panasonic M43 camera at some point (and charge twice as much for it) but for the 'real' Leicas it's hard to see.
     
  4. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    I doubt it. Although I've never used an X1, it apparently produces pretty good IQ in a smaller package than the X100. I don't see Leica needing to make the X2 even smaller and using a sensor that is smaller than an APS-C.

    I think a X2 would be awesome if Leica puts a VF on a X1 and sticks a miniaturized 24 Lux on it. Unfortunately, Leica would then be charging $6-7K for it!
     
  5. Adde

    Adde New to SC

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    May 10, 2011
    Thanks.
     
  6. macjim

    macjim SC Regular

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    Jun 20, 2011
    I truly hope Leica do not bring out a 4/3rds camera as their reputation is quality lenses and quality images, but I won't be surprised if they do.


    Cheers, Macjim.
     
  7. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    ...and extrapolating your point I take it that no four thirds based based camera ever took a quality image, right?
     
  8. macjim

    macjim SC Regular

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    Jun 20, 2011
    Wrong: yes, you can get good images from micro 4/3rds, but not as good as the X1 produces now — it is recognised by Getty for it's images. So, I'm my mind, it's a step back for Leica especially when they're known for the lens and image quality. Now, I have a Leica, and its the D-Lux 5. Yes, it's just a Panasonic with a new look and it's a comparatively small sensor, and it produces exceptional images but, it's larger than micro 4/3 & 4/3 sensors. The X2, if that's what it will be called, has to have the same sensor size or it can't be a X1 replacement. What I think will happen is Leica will bring out a new model based on the DMC-GF3. I've got nothing against 4/3 or micro 4/3rd ad they are very popular but I'll argue you can't get the depth of field from them as you will from full frame, or aps-c size sensors.


    Cheers, Macjim.
     
  9. macjim

    macjim SC Regular

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    Jun 20, 2011
    The lenses are designed by Leica but are not made by them, but made under licence to exacting standards.


    Cheers, Macjim.
     
  10. macjim

    macjim SC Regular

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    Jun 20, 2011
    Yes, I would love to see the X2 as in the style of the X100 with an optical viewfinder and/or similar to the X100 viewfinder.


    Cheers, Macjim.
     
  11. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    It would be interesting and exciting if Leica could follow the X100's style and keep the costs below the $2000 mark. I make no bones about loving my X100. I did have the X1 and thought the files were fantastic, I just wanted more controls...and thus went the Fuji way, but I'm all for more beautifully made cameras with fantastic image quality.:th_salute:
     
  12. macjim

    macjim SC Regular

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    Jun 20, 2011
    Here's a quote from Amateur Photographer about a future CPC camera: 'The camera will feature a sensor at least as large as an APS-size', said Leica CEO Alfred Schopf. If that is true then that is good news as the larger sized sensor will keep the picture quality that I commented on earlier. Can't wait for the next Photokina show next year. Oh, and the new issue (Amateur Photographer 25 June) out this week has a nice review of the NEX-C3.
     
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  13. spylaw4

    spylaw4 New to SC

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    Nov 3, 2011
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    Leica have repeatedly stated that they are not interested in going down the 4/3 route.