Leica First images with the Leica X-U.

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dalethorn

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My first image with the Leica X-U (X-underwater) camera. Shot as JPEG only on dry land - a spontaneous take in a local public park deli. I think the X-U does well at ISO 800. I should have some underwater pics in a couple of weeks. BTW, this camera has no jack for a USB connection.

Leica X-U, f1.8, 1/250 handheld, ISO 800.
 
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dalethorn

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Today's photos (shot as JPEGs) with the Leica X-U: Stairway of parking deck in B&W. Sunset on average white balance (haven't worked out color temp yet, and there are no 'scenes'). Wetland with grayish sky.

My impression of the X-U is that it does extremely well as a regular camera, ignoring the underwater feature.

Leica X-U, f5.6, 1/20 handheld, ISO 800.


Leica X-U, f5.6, 1/250 handheld, ISO 200.


Leica X-U, f6.3, 1/800 handheld, ISO 200.
 
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dalethorn

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Two new photos from the Leica X-U (X-Underwater) camera: The front door to a house in the historic district of Charleston SC, and a nighttime view of the wars memorial at Waterfront Park.

Leica X-U, f5.6, 1/60 handheld, ISO 200.


Leica X-U, f6.3, 1.3 seconds braced, ISO 800.
 
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dalethorn

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I didn't necessarily intend to shoot this flower at f3.2, but the wind was blowing a lot and I needed a very high shutter speed, so there it is....

Leica X-U, f3.2, 1/2000 handheld, ISO 200.
 
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dalethorn

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Just another sunset, with the Leica X-U.

Leica X-U, f5.6, 1/160 handheld, ISO 400.
 
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dalethorn

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Hi Dale,

On dry land how does it compare to the other X-cameras?
My best guess, based on using other cameras like the X1, X Vario, T, Q, and Monochrom/Noctilux, is that Leica made no compromises at all in image quality with the X-U, compared to the X. This camera amazes me. There is one thing - no USB port on the X-U, but that's tolerable. Even the handling is really good, with a decent grip and overall balance.
 
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dalethorn

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Here was a tricky one - the sun is just a hair above the bridge, and you can see a slight red flare at the top of the image. I provided the pseudo-lens-hood with one hand, and since the camera is relatively light and easy to grip, made the shot (burst) with the other hand. I always shoot bursts when possible, and I look at each frame on the computer at 100 percent to see if there are any sharpness differences between the burst frames (16 mp JPEGs). I rarely see a difference unless the shutter speed is below 1/100 second, which to me is remarkable for a camera without optical image stabilization.

Leica X-U, f8.0, 1/1000 handheld, ISO 100.
 
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dalethorn

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Just another Leica X-U photo - I really like the detail and look of these, as they remind me of the images from another camera I loved - the Leica X1. I had to go behind a police barrier to get this perspective, as one of the pathways in this public park system has been closed for 2 years due to city and county councils arguing over who is responsible for maintaining the connector between the parks.

Leica X-U, f5.6, 1/800 handheld, ISO 200.
 

Raid

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Dec 15, 2011
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If not used for under water photography, does the XU have any features to make people buy it and not buy other Leica cameras?
 
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dalethorn

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If not used for under water photography, does the XU have any features to make people buy it and not buy other Leica cameras?
I think so - the only other waterproof Leica that I know of would cost over $10000 USD, so at $2950, the X-U would give you complete weather sealing at a relatively low price.
 
I think so - the only other waterproof Leica that I know of would cost over $10000 USD, so at $2950, the X-U would give you complete weather sealing at a relatively low price.
An interesting idea. My wife and I went to Sri Lanka a few years ago and we got hit with the remnants of the SW Monsoon. thankfully, our cameras survived the extreme dousing but I've often wondered about buyng a Nikonos (with a lens not optimised for underwater) just as something to be able to take anywhere, irrespective of the weather.
 
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dalethorn

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An interesting idea. My wife and I went to Sri Lanka a few years ago and we got hit with the remnants of the SW Monsoon. thankfully, our cameras survived the extreme dousing but I've often wondered about buyng a Nikonos (with a lens not optimised for underwater) just as something to be able to take anywhere, irrespective of the weather.
If you were OK with the 35 mm fixed perspective, then the X-U could be ideal, because it's easy to handhold and use - relatively light and well-balanced.
 
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Raid

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Dec 15, 2011
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Thank you Dale. This is interesting. There are cases (such as what Paul described) when such a waterproof camera is needed.
 
If you were OK with the 35 mm fixed perspective, then the X-E could be ideal, because it's easy to handhold and use - relatively light and well-balanced.
My wife used to have an X-E1 (nice camera) but eventually traded for an X-T1. That's the only Fuji we have these days. My main squeeze, digital-wise, is a Leica M240 with which I share lenses with my M7. I do get to use my wife's X-T1 when I need wider or longer lenses. I am considering an X100T as a relatively pocketable carry-round, though.
 

Mijo

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Apr 11, 2013
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I'm interested in the X-U for vacation photos, mostly in and under the water. Since I would use it only in specific instances, it's hard to justify the cost right now. Once a successor comes out and the price comes down, I'll definitely pick one up. I'd love to see some images from or under water with the X-U (other than what's already posted online from Leica).
 
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dalethorn

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I'm interested in the X-U for vacation photos, mostly in and under the water. Since I would use it only in specific instances, it's hard to justify the cost right now. Once a successor comes out and the price comes down, I'll definitely pick one up. I'd love to see some images from or under water with the X-U (other than what's already posted online from Leica).
Some Leica cameras do drop in price when used, but if you were to buy a X-U used and it was used a lot, and hadn't been resealed after a long time, you'd need to allow extra $$$ to have it re-waterproofed. You'd probably be better off with something new and cheaper, with a warranty.
 
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dalethorn

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Cloudy, gray, flat lighting, but good detail for JPEG-only.

Leica X-U, f5.6, 1/800 handheld, ISO 100.
 

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