Washington has an annual event called FotoWeek to highlight DC’s photo community. This year, the German camera company Leica, which has its only US shop in DC, organized free photowalks with some of their cameras. I really wanted to walk around with their amazing M-system cameras, but those dates did not work for me. However, I was able to take their X2 for a spin.
The camera is a compact digital camera with manual shutter and aperture control dials on the top of the camera. The X2 features a 16 MP sensor, an excellent quality 24mm lens (equivalent to a 36mm on a 35mm system) all while being pretty inconspicuous – great for street photography. Like most things Leica, the lens quality is the greatest feature of the camera – and it better be! The camera retails for $2,000. Of course, you’d have to give the Paul Smith edition a close look if you were going to plop down that kind of dough! While it was fun to shoot, I still preferred my Sony NEX-7 for its greater number of megapixels, innovative tri-mode dial system, focus peaking and just overall better results. However, the two cameras are not really in competition so perhaps that comparison is unfair.
Some of the photos I took are below. More of my photography can be found on my Flickr page. Let me know what you think in the comments below.